New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks seems to be having his worst season physically, as well as mentally. The Giants put Nicks on the injury list yet again with his lingering knee injury, and it is still unclear whether Nicks will play this Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Nicks suffered a broken foot in off-season mini-camps back in May, and vowed to be ready to play in August. Nicks did return for the final preseason game and appeared to have started the season 100% healthy and ready to go.
Nicks caught ten passes for 199 yards in Week two against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, combining with WR Victor Cruz to put up a memorable second half offensive output in the win. However, the Giants had a Thursday night game that same week against the Carolina Panthers, and the Giants decided to hold him out because it was a short week.
It was when Nicks missed their Week four game against the Philadelphia Eagles that panic set in for Giants’ fans. Nicks missed their next game as well before returning to play. However, he certainly hasn’t seemed like the explosive Hakeem Nicks the Giants need.
Quarterback Eli Manning has clearly been looking to Cruz a lot more in recent weeks due to Nicks’ injuries. Nicks, at times, has looked like a beaten elderly man and the Giants have obviously missed him on the outside. Manning has struggled to get the passing game going in recent weeks, and it is definitely due to the absence of Nicks.
The Giants have done fairly well with receivers Reuben Randle and Ramses Barden getting playing time. Plus WR Domenik Hixon is more than capable of filling that second receiver role. The Giants have capable bodies, so they should not send Nicks onto the field until he is 100%.