2012 New York Giants Year In Review: Hakeem Nicks

By jason evans
Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

2012 is a year that Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants would like to just throw away and never look at again. Nicks was coming off of two season of over 1,000 yards receiving, but 2012 was a completely different story. He had career-lows in yards, targets and touchdowns, and had the second-fewest receptions of his four year career. 2013 needs to be a healthier season for Nicks, especially because he is in a contract year. If he performs to his usual level of production on the field, he could get a huge contract.

2012 stats: 53 receptions, 692 yards, 3 touchdowns

2012 Game Of The Year: Week Two against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It may have been the only time Nicks was truly healthy during the 2012 season. Nicks had 10 receptions for 199 yards and a touchdown.

Where 2012 Went Wrong: 2012 was never right for Nicks. He had foot surgery before training camp, and was never really himself after that. He couldn’t get into a rhythm with Eli Manning, and couldn’t come out of his cuts as well as he did in 2011. As a result, teams wound up focusing more on Victor Cruz and not worry about Nicks as much, which really effected the Giants passing game.

2013 Outlook: As I said earlier, this is the last year of Nicks’ contract, and could possibly be his last year in a Giants uniform. If Nicks performs like his usual self, the Giants could reward him; however, he is injury-prone, which could make the Giants think twice about doing so.

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