Eli Manning might get green light from Giants to look for Hakeem Nicks first
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Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said he is trying to get Hakeem Nicks more involved in the passing attack, but he noted that it is a "two-way street. As you call something, you still have to get open, you still have to win, you still have to make the play, the coverage has to accommodate it. Maybe I'm going to throw it to Hakeem right here and all of a sudden they roll up and play two-zone, you don't have it. There's a lot of factors that come into play, and a lot of it is just good fortune and luck."
Nicks has caught 44 passes for 654 yards this season but is still, glaringly, without a touchdown. Gilbride said he is "absolutely" surprised by that.
"Sometimes I think the opportunities haven't been there quite as much," he said.
The Giants' offense usually doesn't focus on particular receivers; Eli Manning goes through his progressions on each play and throws the football accordingly. But Gilbride said the Giants might try to force-feed Nicks, particularly early in a game, just to get him rolling. "If it's to our advantage, we do," he said.
More on Moore
After seeing his first extended playing time of the season against the Redskins, rookie defensive end Damontre Moore figures to get an even greater workload this week against the Chargers. "We'd love for him to get more experience, so he'll get more snaps this week," defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said. Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) is expected to miss a second straight game, opening up pass-rushing opportunities for Moore.
After returning to practice on Wednesday and complaining of stiffness afterward, running back Brandon Jacobs sat out Thursday's workout. "There's a plan," Tom Coughlin said of managing Jacobs' knee injury, "but some days it doesn't work." . . . Cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin) took about half the reps in practice . . . Special-teams coordinator Tom Quinn said the Giants practice covering missed field goals each week to avoid the kind of play that ended the Alabama-Auburn game last week.