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  • Giants' Hakeem Nicks Forced To Adjust His Game Because Of Injuries

    http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2...forced_to.html

    Excerpt: "The pass traveled nearly 50 yards in the air. Hakeem Nicks had done what used to be routine for him, but this year has been significant when it happens: Burst past two defenders, finding himself atop the entire defense, with just the Georgia Dome turf between him and the end zone.

    The fourth-year Giants receiver admits he could have dove for the ball. But he had a bigger gain in mind.

    "I wanted to run into the end zone; I didn’t want to just make a catch," Nicks said, his eyes lighting up. "I wanted to score, so that’s why I tried to run out for it. Just off by a hair."

    The pass wound up just beyond Nicks’ fingertips, falling incomplete, one of many missed opportunities in the Giants’ 34-0 loss to the Falcons last week — a setback that makes Sunday’s game at Baltimore essentially a must-win, to keep their playoff hopes viable. For Nicks, it was also a missed opportunity on an individual level.

    Hobbled all season with right-foot and left-knee injuries, to the point that he walks around the locker room with a labored gait after each time he practices, Nicks less often looks for these big plays. In fact, despite earning a reputation as an explosive playmaker, the former first-round pick admits his approach to the game has changed this season due to his injuries.

    "I tried to change my style up a little bit, to more of a possession receiver," Nicks said. "Just moving the ball and moving the chains, because I really ain’t got my explosiveness, the way I have had it in the past. That changed a little bit, me just trying to keep the ball, keep us on the field, be consistent in my routes and be there for (quarterback) Eli (Manning) when he does look my way."

    It’s an interesting tactic. Nicks generally plays the "X" receiver position — though he moves around on some plays, in part a trick that can help injured players avoid the jam from defenders — the spot considered a team’s No. 1 receiver.

    Possession receivers are usually players without special speed, but who are reliable, with good hands, and can be counted on to convert for first downs. They often play out of the slot, and they usually aren’t considered an offense’s top threat." Read more...
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

  • #2
    This is the #1 reason the Giants offense is struggling this year. Ever since Nicks abused Talib in the Tampa game, he hasn't been close to the player he is when healthy. Late in the Tampa game a defensive player's full weight came down on Nicks ankle/foot.

    And all the armchair OC's blame Gilbride or Eli.

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    • #3
      Can't someone remind me how Nicks got injured in the first place?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by moosedrool View Post
        This is the #1 reason the Giants offense is struggling this year. Ever since Nicks abused Talib in the Tampa game, he hasn't been close to the player he is when healthy. Late in the Tampa game a defensive player's full weight came down on Nicks ankle/foot.

        And all the armchair OC's blame Gilbride or Eli.
        armchair OC > Gilbride

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        • #5
          Cloud57 knows more about calling plays from watching Giants games on TV than Gilbride does. Gilbride, give those two super bowl rings back!

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