Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/30/12

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MAY 09: Ramses Barden #13 and Hakeem Nicks #18 of the New York Giants works out at rookie camp on May 9, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
If another Victor Cruz wants to raise his hand, coach Tom Coughlin is taking applications to be the next out-of-nowhere star receiver to emerge for the Giants. The team hasn't hit the panic button with Hakeem Nicks undergoing surgery last week to repair a broken right foot. Coughlin is holding out hope the veteran can return by training camp. In the meantime, he's using the offseason program to give a group of receivers an opportunity to step up. Among them is unproven fourth-year player Ramses Barden, veteran Domenik Hixon returning from a major injury, promising second-year player Jerrel Jernigan and rookie second-round pick Reuben Randle. Barden would appear a prime candidate for a breakout. He has just 17 receptions through three seasons, but flashed at times after being activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list last season. "It would be great if he did," Coughlin said of Barden potentially filling Nicks' spot. "It has been a little bit of inconsistency. Some ...
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