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New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks: Eli Manning and I Will Be on Same Page for Regular Season

August 26th, 2013 at 1:30 PM
By Douglas Rush

On Saturday night against the New York Jets, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was targeting his best wide receiver on the team Hakeem Nicks several times looking for big pass plays, but unfortunately, the duo couldn't hook up as often as they would have liked to.

'Eli Manning Warms Up with Hakeem Nicks' photo (c) 2011, Rajiv Patel (Rajiv's View) - license:

Manning targeted Nicks eight different times and only completed one pass; a one-handed, 34-yard connection late in the second quarter that set up first and goal from the Jets four-yard line. Later on the drive, Manning attempted a fourth-and-two on a lob play to Nicks, but the pass was broken up by Dawan Landry and the Giants failed to put points up on the drive.

For Nicks sake, he did have two pass interference calls go his way which were called against Jets corner Kyle Wilson, but you could tell Manning and Nicks weren't on the same page due to Nicks not being involved in practice due to the star wide receiver battling injuries early on in the preseason. The week before, Manning was able to find Nicks for two catches and 40 yards against the Indianapolis Colts.

But the game against the Jets was a cause for concern that Manning and Nicks weren't on the same page as far as the offense goes and being able to find one another in the game, but as Nicks told Dave Hutchinson of the Newark-Star Ledger, Nicks thinks he'll be just fine for the regular season and ready to go when they get to Dallas in two weeks.

“I think when the times comes we’re going to be just where we need to be,” Nicks said. “It’s better it happens now then when the season starts because when Dallas rolls around (on Sept. 8th) it’s going to be for real. We just have to make sure we get out all the kinks, all the mishaps, miscommunications now. I don’t have any doubt that when Dallas gets here, we’ll be on the same page.”

Nicks had been bothered by a groin strain early on in the summer, an injury that kept him out of the team's first preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers back on August 10, but returned to practice shortly thereafter. When asked what specifically has been the issue between he and his quarterback, Nicks felt it was more the timing than not reading each other on a play.

“I kind of have a feel with the coverage what side Eli is going to be reading,” Nicks said. “There’s never a miscommunication. It’s putting the ball there and me coming down with the ball.”

Even with this misses to Nicks, Manning didn't even have a spectacular night playing in the first half, as he went 8-for-20 for 83 yards with no touchdowns. Manning and Nicks will get one more tune-up this Thursday night to work on their timing with each other when they play in the final preseason game at Gillette Stadium against the New England Patriots.


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19 Responses to “New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks: Eli Manning and I Will Be on Same Page for Regular Season”

  1.  GeezUp says:


    It always amazes me to see fans from opposing teams fight one another in the stadium at games. The irony of all of it, both sides of the team’s players usually meet up after the game and congratulate one another on the field for all to see. So if the guys who’re actually playing(GET PAID to do it) can be cordial then fans have no excuse. I wish they ban these clowns for life. Although I haven’t had any incidents at Met Life South aka Cowboys Stadium aka AT&T Stadium since I’ve been going to our games when we play Dallas, I don’t feel comfortable with taking my sons to the game. U would think with all the money they charge for ticket prices, better security would be available at stadiums and parking lots.

  2.  GeezUp says:

    Yes, I will admit that Eli and Hakeem don’t look in sync presently. And I also was one of the people who said reps in the summer don’t matter and I still say it doesn’t matter. So, to paraphrase one of my favorite sport’s movies, and yes the quote is from a baseball movies but still “U throw the ball, u catch the ball!” The fact is Eli looks horrible and hasn’t been in sync with any pass catchers this preseason.

  3.  JimStoll says:


    fanfor55years says:
    August 26, 2013 at 12:47 PM
    Getting back to JPP, after watching Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka and Damontre Moore this preseason, I really think that this will be the best defensive end rotation this team has ever had, and WILL cause chaos for offenses, particularly because I believe we have really high-quality defensive tackles this season, much more so than in the past.

    Remember, last season the defensive front was frustrated because: 1) They couldn’t stop the run so were infrequently in “must-pass” situations for the offense when the quarterback had to make a five- or seven-step drop; and 2) The defensive tackles couldn’t collapse the pocket so quarterbacks could just step up into it and allow their blockers to take Giants’ rushers outside the pocket pretty consistently.

    Neither should be the case this season. And for that reason a LOT of defensive issues should be minimized if the front stays healthy.

    Losing Brown wasn’t good, but making that into a cause to assume the season will spin down the drain is silly. IF (and I know it’s still an “if”) Terrell Thomas can prove he can get back to his old form, that is SO much more a positive than losing Brown is a negative that we should all be ecstatic about it. Give us a defensive backfield that includes Amukamara, Hosley, Thomas, Webster, Ross, Rolle, Mundy, eventually Hill and at least one of James, Frederick and McBride and I’ll happily take that. It would be FAR better than the backfields with which we won two rings. Some of the players in those groups were pretty mediocre but a pass rush cured all ills. I think in 2013 we have a pretty good shot at a serious pass rush AND a pretty solid set of defensive backs.

    Our linebackers are going to get attacked. If they even partially hold up then the defense will be much improved over the previous few years.

    JimStoll says:
    August 26, 2013 at 1:45 PM
    I’d be cautious on the quality of the D-Line. Ever since the ’07 super bowl we have collectively thought “this year’s D-Line” was the best ever
    every year they’ve under-performed for one reason or another
    right now it is overly premature to base any expectations on Moore
    the kid hasn’t practiced since the Pitt game. Over the weekend Dan was speculating that he may have a slightly separated shoulder. We know what lingering shoulder issues have meant for Tuck’s game.
    So much depends not only on JPP’s health but on his ability to take his game to the next level. Not only was he hurt last season, but he was overweight. We are all giving him a pass for 2012 (and rightly so as of now), but he’s going to start the season rusty, rusty, rusty.
    The likely rotation will thus include a bit of Tracy who despite the apparent love of the coaches, has never done a thing in any real game.
    The tackles almost can’t be worse than last season, and that will obviously be a plus, but the small sample size of preseason still showed team’s ability to run here and there. Of course health will potentially be a big issue with the meat of the rotation plus 30 and heavy and previously injured in a variety of ways.

    So while it is hard to image the front line (as opposed to the LBs) being worse than a year ago, positing that this will be the best d-line we’ve ever had seems a tad hyperbolic.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I think the difference on the DL is proven depth. We are a pretty deep DL even without unproven players like Moore, Hankins, Austin and Tracy (or other DE). But the addition of those young guys especially Moore and Hankins can take this DL to another level. The depth we have this year is a good as ever, especially at DT.

      TC said Moore was close to practicing when he said the same about JPP last week. So we should see him practice very soon.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Don’t need to see more of Moore to know he’s a player and will contribute. Incredible quickness to the quarterback.

      JPP just has to take his game back to where he was before his injury. Tuck and Kiwi look great this preseason (not just good, but way better than that).

      You’re really missing what’s happening at tackle. We have terrific front-line players (any of Joseph, Rogers, Jenkins and Patterson) and the depth to make some noise up there (and btw, as a major skeptic about Austin my eyes were opened when I saw the speed in short space he demonstrated on that hit of Sanchez…this kid could really become special).

      This front part of the defense should be tremendous. Only injuries can slow them down. The failure to dominate in preseason means squat. Let’s see what they do to Romo.

      •  JimStoll says:

        I agree that we need to wait and see against Romo and thereafter

      •  GOAT56 says:


        Moore is going to be asked to mostly just rush the passer which he can already do. Yes, it would have been better for him to get more snaps but for what he’s going to be asked and from what he’s shown the time he missed isn’t a big deal.

  4.  fanfor55years says:

    I hope it’s just timing with Eli and Hakeem. Nicks is missing that explosiveness so far. I’m not convinced he’s near 100% yet. Hopefully he’s just being cautious and the guy we all know will be there come Week 1.

    •  BigBlueGiant says:

      you’re right. Let’s hope that. Because if he’s playing afraid it will hinder our offense greatly.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        Paul Dottino just said from what Nicks said to him that Nicks is just being cautious by not going all out yet and is just saving himself for Dallas and the regular season.

        •  BigBlueGiant says:

          Well, don’t forget… He’s in a contract year. So he might be cautious all season.

          •  GOAT56 says:

            That doesn’t make sense to me. If he’s going to do that he might as well re-sign now with us. If he puts 16 games of film that look like this preseason with the explosiveness he’s showing, it will hurt him big time. Maybe he doesn’t try a drive over a defender to get into the endzone but a fully expect him to explosive during the regular season.

            •  BigBlueGiant says:

              He gets hurt AGAIN, what kinda money is he gonna get? from Anyone?

              •  GOAT56 says:

                Still a lot. He’s better showing games of himself at 100% getting injured with something that’s fixable in 3-6 months than showing 16 games of what he did in preseason. Jennings was signed for big money at 30 after missing most of last year. Nick is going to get $40-50 mil as a floor if he’s healthy by next spring. It’s just a matter of how much more he can get.

  5.  Nosh.0 says:

    Well I don’t think the DL will be as good as 2007 when we had Tuck just entering his prime as an all pro, and 2 more all pro caliber DE’s in Strahan and Osi, as well as Fred Robbins playing at a very high level.

    But I agree with the enthusiasm in regards to this years DL rotation as it should be very good.

  6.  GOAT56 says:

    Patricia_Traina Patricia Traina
    Boothe at center today. Brewer is at guard.

    Patricia_Traina Patricia Traina
    JPP working with 2nd team.

    NYPost_Schwartz Paul Schwartz
    RT @HaleMark: Rolle, Webster, JPP and Thomas all on the field #nyg

    NYPost_Schwartz Paul Schwartz
    RT @HaleMark: Rolle looks crisp and quick in positional drills in first practice in two weeks #nyg

    •  GOAT56 says:

      Our coaches are being proactive. I think Boothe at center and Brewer at guard is a better combo and it’s what I thought we were going to do last week at first.

      I think this gives us a strong indication that Bass is out for Dallas. You don’t make this move if Bass is going to play vs Dallas.

      Rolle being healthy is huge. He should be held out until Dallas.

      JPP is obviously huge.

  7.  Krow says:

    Nicks will perk up once he lines up across Cruz.

  8.  nygiantfanatic4life says:

    words cannot describe how heart broken I am right now. No O-Line, weakeed secondary, No standout LBs, Nicks and Cruz dinged up….Eli not on the same page as Nicks, Our TE sucks at blocking, We lost the Hynocerus, JPP, Antrel Rolle their returns are in the air. So basically some team is going to win it all in our House and we have to watch from the outside looking in. Am I wrong?

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