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RoanokeFan
06-29-2013, 06:53 AM
http://www.bigblueview.com/2013/6/28/4474674/new-york-giants-nfc-east-most-irreplaceable-players-hakeem-nicks

Excerpt: "In a "Can't-lose players" post (http://espn.go.com/blog/nfceast/post/_/id/52436/eight-in-the-box-cant-lose-players) on the ESPN NFC East blog, Dan Graziano identifies Hakeem Nicks (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71294/hakeem-nicks) as a player the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) cannot afford to be without. Graziano did not consider quarterbacks, so Eli Manning could not be the choice.

It's an interesting selection as I see it.To his point, the Giants passing game was not even close as potent last season when Nicks missed time or tried to play through his multitude of injuries.But then again, the New York Giants still owned the No. 14 offense in the league, with production in the same range as the Green Bay Packers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/green-bay-packers) and the San Francisco 49ers (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/san-francisco-49ers). And in terms of the passing offense, the team ranked 12th, so yeah, not too shabby.

Graziano's argument centers around the fact Nicks' presence on the field when 100 percent healthy makes the Giants offense click on all cylinders, making the passing game more palpable to open up holes in the running game.

"We saw what happened to the offense last season when Nicks was either missing time or playing hurt," Graziano wrote. "As great as Eli Manning (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning) and Victor Cruz (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109584/victor-cruz) are, Nicks at the No. 1 wideout spot is a major, versatile weapon who makes the offense function at a higher level when he's on the field."


Obviously, a lot of the credit Nicks deserves gets taken away by the big-play ability Cruz provides, in addition to his ongoing contract talks. And there is no doubting Nicks' contributions to the offense, but he is not the Giants' most indispensable player.Why, you may ask? Well, as I pointed out earlier, the Giants offense was still in the top half of the league with Nicks not even close to 100 percent. With young wideouts like Rueben Randle (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/154892/rueben-randle) and Jerrel Jernigan (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131123/jerrel-jernigan) poised to have larger roles in 2013, perhaps the team opts not to renew his contract and instead sticks with one of the young up-and-comers.

Think about the Giants -- now what comes to mind? A pass rush. Correct." Read more...

Captain Chaos
06-29-2013, 07:11 AM
Interesting thought, when healthy he can really create havoc with a Defense...

RoanokeFan
06-29-2013, 07:18 AM
Interesting thought, when healthy he can really create havoc with a Defense...

Our best chance, offensively, for grabbing the brass ring in 2014 is for Nicks and Cruz to light up the scoreboard supported by a running game that's in the top ten.

Gimaniac
06-29-2013, 07:45 AM
Offense is looking good on paper, should be exciting to watch. Wish I could be half as excited about the defense.

BigBlueAllDay
06-29-2013, 08:00 AM
I don't think Nicks is more irreplaceable than Eli Manning. Plus, it may just take to next season to find out how irreplaceable Nicks is if by any chance Nicks is lost in free agency. It's a team game and having all your peices in place, healthy, and clicking all together is the optimal situation.

GameTime
06-29-2013, 08:05 AM
I don't think Nicks is more irreplaceable than Eli Manning. Plus, it may just take to next season to find out how irreplaceable Nicks is if by any chance Nicks is lost in free agency. It's a team game and having all your peices in place, healthy, and clicking all together is the optimal situation.
clearly stated he left out the QBs.....

next man up......no one is irreplaceable. But the presence of a certain players do improve a team for sure. Nicks is one of them IMO

RolleN N CruzN
06-29-2013, 08:30 AM
More than Nicks, I think our defensive ends are irreplaceable. When we pressure the QB and get him on the ground, our team wins. JPP and Tuck need monster years to the point where they meet at the QB conistently.

Gimaniac
06-29-2013, 08:32 AM
clearly stated he left out the QBs.....

next man up......no one is irreplaceable. But the presence of a certain players do improve a team for sure. Nicks is one of them IMO

Nicks on offense, JPP on defense.

Next man up did not happen last year when Nicks was unavailable.

GameTime
06-29-2013, 08:39 AM
Nicks on offense, JPP on defense.

Next man up did not happen last year when Nicks was unavailable.

it was more than just Nicks being out. The running game wasn't great, the oline wasn't that good, also the Giants had great production from Bennet too.
Taking nothing away from Nicks. I and a big fan of his.

Gimaniac
06-29-2013, 09:03 AM
it was more than just Nicks being out. The running game wasn't great, the oline wasn't that good, also the Giants had great production from Bennet too.
Taking nothing away from Nicks. I and a big fan of his.

Imperfections in the Oline and running game were even worse in 2011, but it just didn't matter when Nicks was healthy.

Captain Chaos
06-29-2013, 09:04 AM
it was more than just Nicks being out. The running game wasn't great, the oline wasn't that good, also the Giants had great production from Bennet too.
Taking nothing away from Nicks. I and a big fan of his.

I was thinking the same thing....

GameTime
06-29-2013, 09:16 AM
Imperfections in the Oline and running game were even worse in 2011, but it just didn't matter when Nicks was healthy.

cant argue there....

JAYPEE
06-29-2013, 10:47 PM
Lol quoted from the comments on the article:

"Can't Lose Players for Each Team:

Giants - Romo
Skins - Romo
Eagles - Romo
Cowboys - Demarco Murray"

jomo
06-29-2013, 11:23 PM
Our best chance, offensively, for grabbing the brass ring in 2014 is for Nicks and Cruz to light up the scoreboard supported by a running game that's in the top ten.We need an average or better OL to achieve each of those.