Yes, it has been a very quiet training camp. And yes, Victor Cruz has been giving the fans a show. But hanging over of those good vibes the last few days – like the threatening skies that Tom Coughlin wakes up to each morning in Albany and shakes his fist at – is the looming thought that one of the Giants’ most important and dynamic offensive weapons has not yet practiced.
Hakeem Nicks is on PUP. He is unavailable. That should be cause for concern, no?
Maybe. While Nicks and some others had been thinking he could be ready for the start of training camp after breaking a bone in his foot during OTAs this spring, the Giants are sticking to their original 12-week recovery timeline.
He may in fact be a fast healer, but the Giants are more interested in him being a healthy receiver when it comes to Sept. 5.
“Hakeem is on schedule, as far as I know from our trainer, Ronnie Barnes,” general manager Jerry Reese said yesterday. On SiriusNFL Radio later in the day, Reese said he expects to get Nicks back after the second preseason game.
Nicks broke the foot on May 24 and had surgery on May 25. So it’s still only been nine weeks and a couple of days. Twelve weeks would be around August 17, or the same weekend the Giants play the Jets in the second preseason game. It’s also the day after the Giants break camp. So don’t expect to see much if any of Nicks in Albany besides him jogging along the sidelines while the team practices.
You’ll have to settle for Cruz instead, Capital Region.
A post-script on the Nicks update from Reese, who went out of his way to tip his hat to some of the Giants staff: “That’s another guy that we never talk about that much, Ronnie Barnes, our trainer, and his staff,” Reese said after the brief update on Nicks. “They do a tremendous job, they’re a really big part of what we do. They really don’t get a lot of publicity. They’re kind of the unsung heroes for us. They get our guys back out there. We had a ton of injuries last year and they stepped up to the challenge and got our guys back. In the latter part of the season, we got healthy and strong again. That has a lot to do with Ronnie Barnes and his staff. So I’d like to give him kudos for what they do for us.”