New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks finally seems to be healthy after battling injuries for most of his young career. Nicks approached training camp cautiously this summer in order to give a groin injury time to heal.
In the Giants week 2 preseason loss to the Colts, Nicks had 2 catches for 20 yards each against the Colts first-team defense. Nicks and quarterback Eli Manning’s chemistry looked strong as ever, although they only connected twice. Hakeem admittedly didn’t move at 100% against the Colts, but claimed to feel good. Nicks’ route-running and strength still looked sharp as ever.
His last game against the Jets on Saturday night was a little more concerning after he dropped a touchdown catch in the end zone
Nicks has a long history of injuries during the course of his 5-year career. After a slew of injuries to his ankle, foot, knee and groin – staying healthy has not come easy for Nicks. As he enters the final year of his rookie contract, his health this season will likely determine how lucrative a contract offer he gets next season.
With the emergence of 2nd year man Rueben Randle, Nicks’ fantasy stock may drop this year. His touchdowns will likely go down and it could lead to him and the Giants to part ways next year. If Nicks gets hurt again, the Giants will have a better chance at holding onto him as his value will begin to diminish.
Coach Tom Coughlin has expressed no concern in his star receivers ability to play during Week 1 against the Cowboys. If the Giants want to have the bounce-back season like they’ve been hungry for, staying healthy will be a key theme for Nicks and the entire team.