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7, 29, 18, 18. Fun with numbers

Edited: I made a silly mistake.  I knew the Giatns were 4th from last from in the first round last year. But of course with 32 teams-4 is not 28. It’s 29 because you have to account for the #32 pick itself.


With Hakeem Nicks probably returning back to action this weekend I wanted to bring up four interesting numbers that will forever link two players.

It was widely speculated before the draft that the Giants favored Darrius heyward Bey in the 2009 draft to Hakeem Nicks and Ralph Vacchiano reported that heavily.


“Unfortuantely” (and I use that term VERY loosely) the Oakland Raiders nabbed heyward Bey with the 7th overall pick and the Giants had to settle for Hakeem Nicks at #29

Well three weeks  into the N.F.L. season Darrius Heyward-Bey has started three games, but has 1 catch for 18 yards.  Hakeem Nicks, yet without a start, and while playing in only a handful of snaps in one week has 2 catches for 18 yards.


It’s too early in their careers to mean anything, but I was just reflecting back on our draft class because the Giants might see the return of Nicks and the debut of Clint Sintim their first two draft picks and I couldnt’ be too much happier with the way things turned out (especially since I personally wanted the Giants to draft William Beatty in the first round) and so far in their very young careers it looks like Nicks might be the superior player (way too early for anything definitive) I just have a gut feeling things wil be O.K.

Now, hopefully the Giants will move Manningham to the starting #2 WR spot, Hixon the Punt AND Kick return duties and he’ll split the #3 and #4 roles with Hakeem Nicks.

 Who are you guys more interested to see if they both play this weekend…Nicks or Sintim?

Should be a fun weekend.

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11 Responses to “7, 29, 18, 18. Fun with numbers”

  1. I want to see Sintim make some tackles, get a sack.

    would be great to see Nicks get in the endzone too though….

    Smith, Manningham, Hixon, Nicks, Moss, Hagan, Barden — rotate all of them and lets see who steps it up.

    And I still want to see a fade to Barden.

  2. Russo says:

    I agree. I think Sintim is going to get a much needed sack for the D.

    I’d also like to see what Nicks can do. I think we should take the opportunity to test some waters this week and next if given a decent lead like last week.

    And whats the story with Barden? Is he not performing in practice? He was getting good feedback from the camp reports and didnt do poorly in the preseason. I’m baffled on why he hasnt been played.

    • Russo I think Royhobbs is right that Coughlin is just biding his time for Barden. I would like to see Sintim pass rushing, but I think with his size and abilities he could be a great r un stopper as well

      Roy hobbs-

      True. “dead-zone” that’s funny. But sadly true.

      Coughlin has won a lot of games with the Giatns and a lot of our draft picks have contributed so maybe that’s a key to developing young players…don’t overwhelm them?

      I don’t know.

      Jason C-

      Although I think it’s better we have the bye week in week 10 than it would be to have the bye week in say….week 4, like we had last year and the Eagles have this year.


      Agreed to a point. Although I think Manning likes Smith the most which is why I think Smith can be the #1 now….(until Nicks takes over for good there)

  3. royhobbs7 says:


    To try to answer the question most of us have asked:

    We all know that Coughlin is very conservative when it comes to rookies, even talented ones. How many snaps did Phillips receive last year when Butler was just horrible in coverage? How many snaps did Jacobs receive his first year as well as Bradshaw (who managed to find his way into Coughlin’s doghouse) during his second year. It seems to be the same with Barden. For some reason which we do not privy to, Barden remains with the scout team, and Coughlin has not even given him a second thought in the “DEAD ZONE” (sans one play last week),even though it has been pretty ugly there. This will continue until Coughlin believes that Barden is ready (even though he seems ready now). Only Coughlin’s eyes will determine when that quality emerges will he then trust a rookie or 2nd year player in key situations (e.g., the DEAD ZONE).

  4. Frank says:

    One thing… Wasn’t Hakeem the 29th pick overall…. not 28th???

  5. CCC says:

    I like the post

    though Heyward-Bey has skills, his young QB has yet to find anyone consistently

  6. Jason C. says:

    For this week, I’m more looking forward to seeing Sintim, but overall, just seeing Nicks on the field will be important for the immediate and long term future of this franchise. However if this gets ugly quick enough, Sintim can definitely relieve a few players in need of some time off. Remember, no bye week until 10, we can use all the rest we can get.

  7. Jesse Cassel says:

    hey i just have one problem manningham #2 nah ah. you have to make him # 1 and steve smith number 2 cause manningham is more of the deep treat and id rather have a second corner lined up against smith so he can get the quick short stuff. steve smith is a real good receiver but hes not a number 1 burner and manningham has shown major potential

  8. Jesse Cassel says:

    and also Andrew Ilnicki did you not see the dallas game, you have your starters they won the job, after performances like they had in the past three weeks still saying someone needs to step up is an insult.

  9. no insults attempted. what i was saying is between the 7 receivers and the competition within the ranks, should be interesting to see the effort.

  10. and by the way… forgetting about the 08 Eagles playoff game and thinking you’re no longer capable of putting up a dud with the talent on your offense is what you should never forget.


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