Excerpt: "Hakeem Nicks didn’t make a single play. But at least he was playing.
The oft-injured wideout was back on the practice field on Monday, one day after tightness in his groin forced him to sit out team drills. Nicks was limited, according to coach Tom Coughlin, but he took part in individual drills, then saw a handful of snaps in 11-on-11 team drills as well.
“Hakeem is being smart,” quarterback Eli Manning said of Nicks’ cautious approach in training camp. “He is coming off some injuries. He’s going to take it slow and do what he’s got to do to make sure when he’s out there, he is full speed. We have some time and it is early on.”
Nicks, who is in the final year of his contract, battled knee and foot injuries throughout 2012, and 2013 seems to be off to a rough start. Still, wideout Victor Cruz, who signed a long-term extension with the Giants just weeks ago, acknowledged that Nicks is “our No. 1 receiver” in an interview with the NFL Network, and if Nicks can get healthy, he’ll bring a strong vertical element to the offense.
Then again, second-year man Rueben Randle did his best to show that he could fill that vertical role. Nicks didn’t make a single catch – and wasn’t even targeted – Monday, so Randle, who replaced Nicks on the first team on several snaps, stole the show, catching a long TD after beating Corey Webster, and adding a TD in red zone drills as well. He also barely missed on a third TD catch in the corner of the end zone. Coughlin said that Randle has made “some outstanding plays.” Read more...