Giants News: Hakeem Nicks Back Working With First Team
New York Giants star wider receiver Hakeem Nicks was back working with the first team offense Monday after being sidelined with a broken bone in his right foot. After being taken off the PUP list last Monday, Nicks was limited for his first three days back. Today was the official day he could return without limitation.
Nicks has been practicing but it has been strictly individual. The Giants have exercised an overly-cautious approach to bringing Nicks back. Nicks said: “I think right now they’re thinking 50 percent, so (I will) take a couple snaps each period, They want to ease me back into it.”
He has been working on his routes and cutting progressively; easing himself back to full speed. Monday, Nicks was back at full-speed route running. NFL.com quoted Nicks as saying: “It’s progressed to the point where we’re working on the timing and stuff now, I’ve been running routes now for two weeks; I’ve run every route in the route book and haven’t had a problem. I feel like I need to just go out there and keep taking care of the things that need to be taken care of, stay on top of it.”
The lingering question is whether Nicks will play in any of the final two preseason games for the Giants. He said: “It’s important to get your feet wet before you go out there and play a whole game on it, but at the same time you understand where they’re coming from, so whatever they decide, wouldn’t hurt anything. I want to go out there and get a few reps, a couple series. That’s on our team doctors, our trainers, and Coach (Tom) Coughlin to decide.”
I think the Giants will be focused on getting Nicks tons and tons of full-speed reps with Eli Manning during the remainder of training camp; monitoring his every move. I would guess that Nicks would start and play a series or two in the final preseason game against the Patriots 8/29; just to get his feet wet and have a little game speed feel before his week 1 opener.
If you’ve drafted Nicks or are targeting him I would not be concerned. The Giants understand his value and will take every possible precaution with this injury. I would keep a close eye leading up to week 1 just to see how he feels and keep up on his rehab progress. Nicks has been claiming a smoothe rehab and, as of now, all signs point to Nicks being ready and available for the Giants week 1 opener.