As the New York Giants are preparing for the Washington Redskins on Sunday Night Football, Big Blue seems to have more questions than answers for not just the remainder of this season but next season as well.
As many players on the current roster possess expiring contracts following this season, Jerry Reese and company have a lot of decisions to make not just now but during the winter to put his Giants back in contention for the playoffs of the 2014 NFL season.
One of the largest marquee names the Giants must make a decision on soon is their star receiver, Hakeem Nicks. Though the UNC standout has struggled this season, he still has some of the best hands in the league (his gloves are custom made due to his incredibly large fingers), and his moves after the catch scare even the best of corners.
Last Sunday against the rival Dallas Cowboys, Nicks was severely missed, as Eli Manning seemed nervous the entire game without arguably his favorite target. Though Victor Cruz was there to help take the burden off Manning, no one on this Giants roster has the “go up and get it” skills that Nicks possesses.
Without a doubt, the field for Manning is much harder to stretch without a big time presence like Nicks. Even though he lacks big numbers this season, it is without a doubt that the Giants must keep Nicks on their roster due to his immense skill set.
Hakeem Nicks is too talented and has too much football intelligence to struggle for the rest of his career. His play-making ability showcased the past few years should absolutely be enough for the Giants organization to keep No. 88 on the roster following the 2013 season. This tandem of Manning and Nicks has all the makings to be just as fierce as the Cowboys’ Tony Romo–Dez Bryant duo that will no question strike fear into defensive coordinators for years to come.