It may have been another ordinary preseason game for most, but Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Hakeem Nicks admitted after the fact that it was much more for him. After all, it was the very first time he faced his former team and he clearly wanted to make a statement. Unfortunately, the largest statement did not come by way of his solid performance, but rather the taunting of his former teammates, including cornerback Trumaine McBride, whom Nicks waved to during a play, ultimately drawing a flag and negating a large gain.
“I didn’t like it at all,” McBride told the New York Daily News.
Nicks finished the game with five receptions for 53 yards, but it could have been much more had it not been for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Still, Nicks feels, he got his point across, is tired of taking about his time with the Giants and his statement has been made.
"I don't really want to talk about the Giants. That's in the past," Nicks said. "I'm a Colt now. I'm tired of the Giants questions."
In addition to McBride and safety Antrel Rolle, who laid a few big hits on Nicks, cornerback Charles James III admitted after the game that Nicks was playing with much more intensity than anyone else on the field. It was clear from the onset that this game meant a lot to him, which would seem to suggest some sort of grudge against the Giants.
"I thought it was funny," James said. "I could tell from the way he was playing. It wasn't just another game for him."
The pregame embraces aside, there's obviously some bitter feelings. And although he got some of it out of his system on Saturday night, expect that same level of intensity from Nicks when the Giants and Colts meet again in Week 9 of the regular season.
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