That's the way it is with the Giants and the competition for the No. 3 receiver behind starters Amani Toomer and Ike Hilliard. For the first time in recorded history, the Giants have three young speedsters in their receiver stable and the job is clearly up for grabs.
The contestants are Ron Dixon, rookie second-round pick Tim Carter and second-year man Jonathan Carter. Logic dictates that Dixon should have the advantage, considering he's entering his third season, but that is probably not the case. Jim Fassel loves Dixon's speed and potential but gets exasperated by Dixon's erratic performance level. Based on experience, Dixon should move in to replace Joe Jurevicius as the third receiver, but the Carters, especially Tim, will provide stiff competition.
"Let 'em all fight it out,'' Fassel said. "Some guys have had long enough to prove it and they better prove it, right now.''
Dixon was not about to handicap the field, but he did say, "I've been here longer, I know a lot more, it's just a matter of who's making plays. I need to show them more consistency, make more things happen.''
At least he's healthy this time around. A year ago, Dixon was one month removed from having his appendix removed and he arrived at training camp weak and not in prime shape. It showed.
"Mentally and physically it really held me back,'' Dixon said of last year's surgery. "I was supposed to wait a month before I could run and lift weights. Once I waited a month the next day was training camp. Everybody seems to forget about that, but I don't use that as a crutch or an excuse.''