The New York Giants are becoming increasingly thin at wide receiver. First, the Giants lost their top wideout in Victor Cruz, when he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, ending his season two games early. Now, second-year man Rueben Randle is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins with a sore knee. Even if he does play, New York is still not sure how effective he will be.
The injuries will force Hakeem Nicks to be a productive asset in the passing game if New York wants to have any success on offense.
The spotlight may not be the place where Nicks wants to be in. Currently In the final year of his contract, Nicks has been a severe disappointment this season. He’s caught just 54 passes for 846 yards and has still yet to find the end zone. These are not No. 1 receiver-type numbers.
Nicks’ departure from the Giants seems imminent. He played a crucial role in New York’s 2011 Super Bowl run, but he has battled injuries over the last couple of seasons. Nobody really knows what kind of offers he will get from other teams because he’s only 25-years-old despite his struggles, and he has proven to be a highlight-reel type of player in the past. Nicks can use Sunday as a little bit of an audition for next season.
Jerrel Jernigan will also once again see extended playing time. He has made the best of his recent opportunities due to Cruz’s absence. Over the last two games, Jernigan has caught 13 passes for 147 yards and one touchdown. Even though Nicks has a golden opportunity to step up, Jernigan may end up be the one reaping the benefits. Whether he is productive on Sunday or not, the spotlight will be on Nicks.