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Do You Remember… Hakeem Nicks’ Redemption?

Hey gang.  Every Friday from now on until the preseason starts, I’d like to take a few moments and remind us collectively of a some the best highlights the Giants were able to produce last season. I’m going to title the new segment — “Do You Remember…” followed by the specific item we should keep in our memories that day. The decisive video clip will then follow. I hope that makes sense to everyone.

For my first installment, I’m going to feature perhaps the best clip of the best game of last year — Eagles @ Giants on SNF… when the Giants’ rookie WR sensation Hakeem Nicks dropped about 17,000 passes, 3 of which were sure touchdowns, and then TOTALLY REDEEMED HIMSELF dumb and dumber style with a great catch, juke, spin move — and then sprint to the end zone to keep the game alive for the Giants in a must win situation.

When I remember this particular play in what continues to be my favorite game of last season, I think in a certain sense it sums up the entire season for the Giants.  Everyone expected Brandon Jacobs to dominate with his physical running, and he didn’t.  Everyone expected stellar defense and amazing pressure on the passer, and they just couldn’t deliver.  And at the same time, no one fully expected Eli Manning and his rookie receiving core to have the surprising breakout year that they did — which is the only thing that really kept the Giants alive in terms of a playoff opportunity… (until the Carolina game atleast).  It was a bitter end to a disappointing season with the Giants, but the one glimmer of hope heading into 2010 was the prospect of Hakeem Nicks having an even better sophomore season. Packaged with a better defense next season with higher expectations of shutting down their opposition, particularly in the red zone — an incredibly young and productive Giants offense that is able to put up over 500 total yards of offense and 38 points should be able to win most games.

Without further delay, here is Hakeem Nicks taking it to the house in the most redeeming fashion imaginable:

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[Clip Via NFL]

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8 Responses to “Do You Remember… Hakeem Nicks’ Redemption?”

  1. Steve B. says:

    Hakeem Nicks was my favorite rookie last year, and to think he is only going to get better is a little scary. I mean the potential is there to have numbers similar to the Cardinals, having 3 WR’s all over 1,000 yards.

    Last year:
    Steve Smith had: 1200 yds
    Mario Manningham had: 822 yds
    and Hakeem Nicks had: 790 yds

    I think this year Hakeem Nicks is going to push Steve Smith for that number 1 spot. I am not sure he gets it, but there is definitely going to be competition there.

    And then you look at the #3 spot, Manningham vs Hixon. Manningham in all aspects had his rookie year last year, and he did really well. He needs to take some lesson from Toomer about keeping your feet in bounds, but the potential is there.

    The 2010 Giants offensive can be really scary and dominating next year. To think if Eli and the WR’s take the next step, the OL getting retooled, and the RB returning to style, I mean the Giants could dominate either threw the air or the ground.

  2. Jeremy says:

    that touchdown catch juck shimmy combo was bloody marvelous. Can’t wait for football to start.

  3. Dan says:

    wow, switch comebacks is one of my favorite combo routes, and the way Nicks ran his- 2 hard plant steps, come to to the qb, catch at highest point- that’s how I try to teach my guys to run it. tough route to get right, but deadly once you’re there. Love it, keep it in the rotation Gilbride, especially when we are getting lots of man!

  4. Sam says:

    That was an amazing play especially because it I love the Eli had the confidence to go right back to him and he didnt put his head down after dropping it, I was yelling so loud at the tv when he dropped it then i went crazy when he busted the super combo with fries and a SHAKE on them that the people across from me in my apartment building thought something was wrong and knocked on my door. lol Go Giants, I just cant wait to see the Giants defense get some turnovers!

  5. SoDev says:

    Yes it was amazing… but way t ruin it with this “Hakeem Nicks dropped about 17,000 passes, 3 of which were sure touchdowns,” totally over exaggerated. Kid only had 2 drops on the year. The first in that game was the bad one, blown td. the second one was a tough catch on the sideline that he should have got but wouldn’t have been a td.

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