"With Hakeem Nicks playing at less than 100 percent this season, the Giants offense simply did not look the same.
With Nicks sitting out against the Cowboys on Sunday, it looked different altogether. The Giants threw the ball 30 times for 154 yards and ran the ball 30 times for 202 yards. And while all of it wasn't squarely on Nicks' shoulders, it's easy to tell what a healthy Nicks means for the game plan.
Victor Cruz agrees.
"I’m happy to have him back, period," Cruz said. "Just to have him back in the huddle, in the offense, on the sideline dressed and ready to go, he’s a guy that we need. We need him to be his normal self in order for us to win games and in order for our morale to be up, things like that. We’re definitely happy to have him back."
Nicks did not speak with the media on Wednesday, but practiced on a limited basis. Cruz took note of how the soon-to-be free agent looked.
"He looked good, he looked fluid, he looked like his normal self again," Cruz said. "So it felt good to have him back so hopefully we can have more of him."