As the New York Giants continue to deal with various injuries to several key players, there is finally some good news regarding one of the teams’ most significant contributors. Although head coach Tom Coughlin would not confirm any specific details, star wideout Hakeem Nicks says he has been informed that he should expect to see some limited playing time on Wednesday in the team’s final preseason bout with the New England Patriots.
After breaking the fifth-metatarsal in his right foot during OTA’s, Nicks returned to practice last Monday. Since then, he has steadily improved and appears to have regained his form as Eli Manning’s top target. With that, he is looking forward to playing against some new competition.
"Being able to catch the ball and knowing you’ve gotta really make a move and turn it on a little bit before you have to play the real season opener is good. Testing a little bit and have to really get a good release vs. some real legit coverage and going against (another) team, that’s what I’m looking forward to."
Having Hakeem Nicks back on the field will be a more than welcome addition to a Giants offense that has had red zone issues throughout the preseason. With Nicks’ elite ability to catch in traffic, Eli Manning will once again have a viable target to throw in tight coverage. Manning had his own comments regarding Nicks’ potential return this Wednesday.
“He’s looking good. He seems to be running fine and making plays,” Eli Manning said. “He’s been working these past few weeks. It looks like he’s going to play this week, so it would be good to get some live action.”
Although the starters will not play for any significant period of time in the final preseason contest, it will be beneficial for the Giants as a whole to get Nicks and Cruz back on the field together before the games start to count. A year ago, this dynamic duo helped transform the team’s offense from a rushing oriented attack into one of the league’s most feared passing offenses. As the regular season rapidly approaches, it should be interesting to see how long it takes Nicks to find chemistry with Eli Manning and the rest of the Giants offense.
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