Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 8/7/13
(Photo credit: Getty Images) When the New York Giants drafted Hakeem Nicks with the 29th pick in the 1st round of the 2009 draft, it lined up Nicks to be the future of the New York Giants receiving core moving forward. Since that draft, injuries have plagued Nicks and as he enters his final year of his rookie contract, he has yet to complete a full season. While healthy, he has displayed the receiving ability capable to be the top receiver. Then along came Victor Cruz, whose durability along with his playmaking has been touted to be the number one receiver, much to Cruz’s own chagrin, who claims Nicks to be the number one receiver. Whether this statement has to do with Cruz wanting Nicks to remain content so he may re-sign with the Giants or not, you can’t deny how Cruz has seemingly catapulted over Nicks as the number one receiver. (Photo credit: Getty Images) Then Rueben Randle came into the scene. With Nicks and Cruz out during the offseason, Randle took full advantage of the opportunity to work closely with Eli Manning and take snaps with the first team during OTAs. It is clear since 2009, the opponent of Nicks hasn’t been his injuries, but his own teammates. The breakout of an undrafted free agent and the steal of an all-SEC first team wide receiver has shrouded the Giant’s own selection of Nicks. If he stays healthy and for the first time in his career plays a full season, this could be the year Nicks reclaims his rightful place as the Giants number one receiver, but that is all dependent on Nicks’ ability to remain healthy. For too long, Giants fans have seen everything from probable to doubtful when the Giants enter a game during the season labeled upon Nicks. If Nicks wants the contract he thinks he deserves, then he should not be on the injury list entering games. For this season, there too many ifs on Nicks and it is for that reason that for the 2013 season, Nicks must get rid of all the ifs and if he is hurt, he must play through those injuries if he wants to be high profile free agent. Week 1 New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys. Hakeem Nicks has 7 receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns Week 2 New York Giants vs. Denver Broncos. Hakeem Nicks has 6 receptions for 50 yards Week 3 New York Giants vs. Carolina Panthers Hakeem Nicks has 5 receptions for 85 yards and one touchdown Week 4 New York Giants vs Kansas City Chiefs Hakeem Nicks has 7 receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns Week 5 New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles Hakeem Nicks has 5 receptions for 65 yards and one touchdown Week 6 New York Giants vs. Chicago Bears Hakeem Nicks has 4 receptions for 45 yards Week 7 New York Giants vs. Minnesota Vikings Hakeem Nicks has 6 receptions for 110 yards and one touchdown Week 8 New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles Hakeem Nicks has 6 receptions for 60 yards and one touchdown How do you predict Nicks’ season to go? Do you believe he won’t even produce or will be the best receiver for the New York Giants? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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