Reggie? A-Rod? Hakeem Nicks is Mr. October
Giants WR Hakeem Nicks has been named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Month for October, the Giants have announced.
In four games in October, Nicks caught 14 passes for 279 yards and four touchdowns. He's scored a touchdown in each of the last four games, including a pretty amazing (or lucky) one on Sunday night when he caught a tipped pass in stride for a 62-yarder.
That was the second-longest scoring throw of Eli Manning’s career. He threw a 78-yarder to Plaxico Burress at Oakland on Dec. 31, 2005. His next-longest touchdown pass had been a 61-yarder to Burress vs. Philadelphia on Nov. 20, 2005.
This year Nicks has 16 receptions for 315 yards and a team-high 19.7 yards per reception average.
Just so you know, Bobby Johnson holds the franchise rookie wide receiver record for catches in a season with 48 in 1984, when he also caught seven touchdown passes (tight end Jeremy Shockey holds the overall rookie mark with 74 catches in 2002). Bill Swiacki set the franchise rookie record for touchdown receptions with 10 in 1948.
In other words, if he keeps it up, Nicks will likely turn out to be the greatest rookie receiver in Giants history.
For now, he's just Mr. October.