Before Sunday night's game against the Washington Redskins, it had been 13 straight games since Hakeem Nicks had found the end zone for the New York Giants, dating all the way back to December 9th of last season in a game against the New Orleans Saints.
After Sunday's 24-17 victory over the Redskins, that number is now up to 14 straight games without a touchdown for the Giants number one wide receiver. After being inactive and benched by Giants head coach Tom Coughlin for the team's 24-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago due to an abdominal injury, Nicks returned to play Washington on Sunday night but was held to two catches for 34 yards, which now puts his 2013 season totals to 44 catches for 654 yards and no touchdowns.
Despite only being targeted twice on the field by Eli Manning, Nicks said he was feeling much better after missing the game against Dallas after being limited in practice the week before after word came down that he had the injury and wouldn't suit up for the game against Dallas, but was good to go for Washington.
“I felt real good,’’ Nicks said. “I just tried to take advantage of every opportunity I could.”
The remaining four games of the season for the Giants are extremely critical to Nicks' future as he is a pending free agent after the season and was hopeful of getting a contract similar to the one Mike Wallace got this past spring with the Miami Dolphins; which was for five years at $11 million per season and $30 million guaranteed, but right now, that's looking like a stretch.
With Nicks having a rather unproductive season as a "number one receiver," some have questioned whether or not he will even be back with the Giants in 2014 or if they will simply let him walk as a free agent and look to either draft another wide receiver or look to the free agent market to sign someone else and move on with Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle as the primary targets.
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