Just three months removed from breaking his foot, Hakeem Nicks has returned to the field for the New York Giants, though in a limited capacity for the time being.
Nicks has begun running routes and catching passes from the Giants’ training staff. This is the first instance in which Nicks is doing something other than running in straight lines non-strenuous circles, according to CBSSports.com.
“I’ve been doing hills, getting my endurance back up,” Nicks told CBS Sports’ Alex Raskin. “Just doing everything I need to do to make sure I’m back in shape before I step back out there.”
Nicks is coming off an outstanding season for the Giants in 2011. He caught 76 passes for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns while combining with Victor Cruz to form one of the NFL’s most lethal receiving duos.
239 of those yards came against the Dallas Cowboys, the team hopes to make his return against in the September 5th opener. Nicks’ progress is a positive sign that he will back in time to line up opposite Cruz at 100 percent.
With some improvement running routes with the training staff, Nicks could move up to finally practicing with the Giants’ quarterbacks. Eli Manning has always been able to be successful with whomever he is given to work with, but timing and practice is always key to success in the passing game. That is something Nicks and Manning will need time to work on before the regular season gets underway.