T-Rock's Take on the Giants

JPP on the field, but still far from a return

EAST RUTHERFORD - NOVEMBER 17, 2013: New York

Jason Pierre-Paul still seems a long way from returning to action, both in terms of distance and time. The defensive end was about as far from the practice field as a player can be without not actually being there on Wednesday, working with trainers to relieve the pain of a shoulder injury that has limited him for the last three games and sidelined him this previous Sunday.

“Anything is encouraging...

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Hakeem Nicks looks unencumbered in practice

Hakeem Nicks

(Credit: Hakeem Nicks has not scored a touchdown this season. (Jim McIsaac))

Hakeem Nicks was showing no lingering effects of the abdominal injury that sidelined him last week. The wide receiver was catching fade passes from the quarterbacks during warmups in today’s practice, stretching high for the football in a move that would seem to be impossible (or at least uncomfortable) with any kind of serious strain to the midsection.

Nicks seemed happy to be on the field....

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JPP, Nicks on sideline as Giants begin prep for Cowboys

Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul raises his arms

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

JPP said there will be blood on Sunday. But will there be JPP?

Probably, but it’s worth noting that the defensive end was not practicing with the Giants on Wednesday, recovering from the shoulder injury that kept him out of most of last week’s workouts. Tom Coughlin did not seem too concerned about JPP’s absence today, saying that he was just sore, but it’s something to monitor this week.

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Justin Tuck: 'Hakeem is fine'

Hakeem Nicks tries to get around Tramon Williams

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Justin Tuck spoke at today’s NFL Play 60 event at Maxson Middle School in Plainfield, NJ, about how his job description as a captain has changed this season thanks to Antrel Rolle. He said he spoke to Rolle during the offseason and asked him to be more of a vocal, rah-rah type of leader “to allow me to, when need be, go talk to guys one-on-one.”

Well, the need was be-ed on Sunday when Hakeem...

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Tom Coughlin says everyone shares Hakeem Nicks' frustrations

Hakeem Nicks cools off during training camp. (July

(Credit: James Escher)

Tom Coughlin said he hasn’t talked to Hakeem Nicks about his display of frustration during Sunday’s win over the Packers, and he sure as heck wasn’t going to talk to anyone else about it either.

“That’s something I’m not going to discuss,” the coach said on a conference call on Monday. “Those things will stay inside.”

Nicks was targeted on a pass in the end zone late in the first half...

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Eli Manning: We need Hakeem Nicks to be successful

Hakeem Nicks can't come up with a pass

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

With the NFL trading deadline at the end of the week, there is still uncertainty about what the Giants will do with Hakeem Nicks. Certainly there are contending teams that are in the market for a wide receiver – the Colts, Patriots, Falcons and Packers – and Nicks isn’t exactly a major contributor to the Giants’ offense these days. On Monday he was targeted 10 times and caught just two passes.

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With the season a quarter over, the projected stats are not pretty

Giants quarterback Eli Manning stands on the sideline

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Let’s extrapolate, shall we?

The season is a quarter over, a decent sample size, so now is a good time to project how the rest of the season may play out for the Giants from a statistical point of view. Of course, not many of the numbers will be pretty. But hey, it’s the NFL.

So, here’s a chart that shows some key stats from games one through four and what they should be after 16 games....

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Giants not upset that Hakeem Nicks wasn't really upset

Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants hauls

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Hakeem Nicks may not be able to throw passes to himself, but the Giants are convinced that he wasn’t throwing darts either.

“A little bit of this has gotten a little out of proportion, that he didn’t mean it that way or intend it that way,” Tom Coughlin said of Nicks’ comments after he had zero catches and only one target against the Panthers. “I know that it doesn’t matter. It’s what you...

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Hakeem Nicks one of the stars in New Era cap comercial

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks catches a pass

(Credit: James Escher)

You may remember a few weeks ago We met up with Hakeem Nicks at a commerical shoot for New Era caps at MetLife Stadium. Anyway, here's the finished product:

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Hakeem Nicks happy with route he took to the opener

Hakeem Nicks cools off during training camp. (July

(Credit: James Escher)

Hakeem Nicks caught a lot of flack from fans for skipping the voluntary OTAs in the spring, nursing groin tightness early in training camp and skipping the first preseason game. But it was all part of his plan to get here as healthy as possible. And as far as he’s concerned, the plan worked.

“I definitely feel like I’m as good as I can be at this point,” Nicks said. “I definitely benefited...

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