Injuries have dominated the season for New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who initially fractured the 5th metatarsal in his right foot in mid-May. That was subsequently followed by a knee injury that has lingered throughout the year. As a result of both injuries, Nicks has missed a significant amount of practice time, which quarterback Eli Manning says has thrown off their timing.
"He missed most of training camp, all of the off-season, so you don’t get that rep time. We don’t get practice reps," Manning said. "He gets a few reps, he’s not quite at full-speed. The timing is off on a few things and it can make it hard to be as effective as you need to be and be on the perfect timing that is required to be really successful."
The same can be said for many other players on the team like running back Ahmad Bradshaw, defensive tackle Chris Canty, linebackers Keith Rivers and Jacquian Williams, safety Kenny Phillips and, to some degree, tight end Martellus Bennett.
Injuries aren't an excuse in the NFL, however. All teams deal with them, although perhaps not to the same degree as the Giants have in recent years. And while it doesn't completely explain their recent futility and inconsistency, it does help to one to understand at least some of their issues.
Both offensively and defensively, the Giants have complex systems and schemes that rely heavily on timing. When that timing is interrupted is when disaster happens, and that's never been more obvious than in each of the last two weeks.
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