The Giants announced that they have reached contract extensions with two of their top kick returners, Domenik Hixon and Darius Reynaud.
Hixon missed all of last season after tearing a knee ligament during a minicamp practice on June 15. The injury was repaired surgically, followed by a long rehabilitation. Hixon said in a statement released by the team that he doesn't think the injury has had an impact on his speed.
"I feel real comfortable, I feel strong," Hixon said. "I was joking with one of my buddies. We were running together and I told him, 'I feel like I gained a step.' "
Reynaud is entering his fourth NFL season and second with the Giants. He and backup QB Sage Rosenfels were acquired in a trade with the Vikings on Sept. 3, nine days prior to the start of the 2010 season. Reynaud played in nine games, was inactive for six others and suited up but did not play in the finale in Washington on Jan. 2.
Reynaud had a team-high 23 punt returns for a 5.7-yard average and tied D.J. Ware for the team lead with 21 kickoff returns for an 18.4-yard average. His longest punt return was 20 yards and his longest kickoff return was 31 yards.
The Giants also formally announced tendering one-year contracts to OL Kevin Boothe, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, TE Kevin Boss, DT Barry Cofield, DE Mathias Kiwanuka, WR Steve Smith and DE Dave Tollefson. Boss, Bradshaw, Cofield and Tollefson received second-round tenders. Boothe, Kiwanuka and Smith each received an original-round tender.