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The Emerging Hakeem Nicks

Back in April, GiantsGab was all draft, all the time. And the big debate we were having was: “Hakeem Nicks or Kenny Britt?” Both Jesse Bartolis and myself ended up preferring Britt, however I think it’s safe to say we were both pleased when the G-Men selected Nicks.

After an outstanding preseason, expectations were high for Nicks. The Giants, before the season, didn’t seem to have a clear cut number one receiver. Of course, that was role was filled by Steve Smith. But Nicks had a legitimate chance to take that role. Well, injuries hit, and Nicks missed the Dallas and Tampa Bay games, stunting his development. Suffice it to say, we were upset.

But, in Kansas City, something happened. Nicks dazzled us with a 54 yard touchdown off of a screen pass. He made guys miss.  He showed great vision. He showed the capabilities of a number one receiver. 

Sunday against Oakland, we saw more of Nicks. He caught 4 passes for 49 yards, including a touchdown. He’s showing a nose for the endzone. And we couldn’t be happier.

It’s too early to tell if Nicks will continue his impressive performances. But, from what he’s done, it’ safe to say that Nicks is emerging. He may not be the number one receiver by the years end. But, he has seemed to pass Domenik Hixon, and may pass Mario Manningham very soon. The general rule with wideouts coming out of college is that it takes time to adjust to the NFL. They have to learn route running, and get a better understanding of coverage. Nicks might be an exception to the rule. It’s early. But there’s a lot to look forward to.


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2 Responses to “The Emerging Hakeem Nicks”

  1. Shane says:

    The GM know what he’s doing, Nicks being successful is no surprise.
    Nicks has talent, but his offensive teammates aren’t too bad either.This kid did perform well in the pre-season, but I also know to take that with a grain of salt. He continues to perform well when healthy, which I think he will be moving forward. It is a perfect situation for Nick’s first NFL season.

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