Jason Pierre-Paul is not looking for part-time work. The defensive end said he would rather not play at all against the Cowboys than play in a limited capacity Sunday night.
"On this team I feel like it's a big thing for me to take most of the snaps,'' he said.
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So if the Giants say they want to limit him to, oh, 20 snaps -- or if he feels that's all he'd be able to give to the team -- he'll just wait until Week 2.
"That's not enough,'' he said of being a replacement player. "When it comes to games like this, I like to be a factor in the game. I don't want to put myself out there and only do 20 snaps and those 20 snaps are not really what counts to win the game. I'm not a third-down guy only. I like to go out there and take all the snaps that I can.''
Pierre-Paul, who did not have any game action this preseason while recuperating from back surgery, said he will decide Friday whether he can suit up for the Cowboys. Most people expect that he will. Tom Coughlin said he and Victor Cruz, who has been sidelined for several weeks by a heel injury, are "full speed ahead'' toward the game even though both were limited in Wednesday's's practice.
The Giants also are expecting Hakeem Nicks to be at full strength for the opener. Nicks sat out OTAs and was patient with groin tightness early in training camp, and said the plan has brought him to this point feeling better than he has in several years.
"It's gametime now,'' Nicks said. "We're opening the season now. Every game counts, every play counts. It's time to get it.''
Nicks wasn't even on the team's injury report. Besides Cruz and Pierre-Paul, the Giants also listed fullback Henry Hynoski (knee) and defensive end Damontre Moore (shoulder) as limited. Center David Baas (knee), guard David Diehl (thumb) and tight end Adrien Robinson (foot) did not practice.
Wednesday was the first full practice the Giants have had in about a month with Cruz and Nicks on the field together.
Eli Manning was pleased to have his full allotment of receivers. "It's good to have all your guys who know exactly what they're doing and go out there and hopefully make some plays for us,'' he said.
Nicks said he didn't think "Wow!'' when he realized that all of the receivers were practicing, but he did notice it.
"It felt good,'' he said. "It let us know we're going in the right direction.''