Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants Receiver Nicks off on Right Foot

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Giants Receiver Nicks off on Right Foot

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EAST RUTHERFORD -- This hardly was a rematch of Super Bowl XLVI, even if these were the same two franchises that played for the Vince Lombardi Trophy six months ago.

Hakeem Nicks didn't care what the stakes were, because for him, Wednesday's 6-3 victory over the Patriots in the preseason finale represented exactly what he needed to gain confidence in the notion that he was truly back.

Those nine plays the Giants' star wide receiver played primarily against New England's backup defense were enough to reinforce what he already believed: That he completely was healed from the broken foot he sustained during OTAs in the spring.

"Went out there, got my feet wet, got a couple reps. It was exactly what I needed to know that I'll be ready for next week," Nicks said. "It was pretty much what I expected. No problem with the foot. It felt good, and I'll be ready to start the season."

Nicks caught one pass from Eli Manning for 6 yards, dragging across the middle before making the reception and spinning into traffic. He absorbed hits from three Patriots defenders and hopped up without hesitation, yet another sign he is getting close to where the Giants want him to be in order to be a factor against the Cowboys when the regular season opens in six days at MetLife Stadium.

Nicks broke the fifth metatarsal of his right foot while running a route during OTAs and began training camp July 26 on the physically unable to perform list. He was activated and added to the roster just before the team left the University at Albany.

Since returning to the practice field, Nicks increasingly has looked like the player who emerged as a dominant offensive threat last season.

"It was great to have Hakeem back out there, get him a catch, get him back in the flow of things," Manning said. "So we all knew he'd be ready next week for Dallas."

Even with Nicks in there Wednesday, the Giants were far from high- powered offensively.

In a surprise, Manning played a lot more than expected -- a total of 15 snaps in four possessions, in fact -- but did not have much success against a New England defense that mostly featured reserves and players hoping to make the regular-season roster. …

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