Hakeem Nicks was limited in today’s practice a day after experiencing tightness in his groin. For those not in the know, the word “limited” means he participated in a few drills, ran a few routes, but sat most of them out. For example: He took a few reps in 11-on-11 action, but did not have any passes thrown to him. He did not go in 7-on-7 work. But he did do some individual drills with the quarterbacks.
Eli Manning said earlier in the day that Nicks was just being careful.
“Hakeem is being smart,” Manning said. “He is coming off some injuries. He’s going to take it slow and do what he’s got to do to make sure when he’s out there he is full speed and is prepared for these preseason games and at the start of the regular season he’s coming in healthy. We have some time and it is early on and he has been limited in some practices over the spring, so we just want to make sure he goes at his pace that’s going to keep him healthy for the upcoming year.”
Tom Coughlin was less understanding.
“We just want him out there competing and practicing,” Coughlin said. “The guy has not practiced and he needs to get out there.”
Asked if Nicks’ limitations today were precautionary, as Manning suggested, Coughlin simply said: “I hope so.”
With Nicks sidelined (for the most part), the offensive star of practice was Rueben Randle who got to run rotes with the first team. He made a nice catch with Prince Amukamara on his back early in 11-on-11s, then made another one with Prince in even tighter coverage later in practice in 11s. Both times he used his body well to ward off the defender. He caught a nice deep post from Manning over Corey Webster, adjusting for the ball at the last moment in the end zone on a pass of about 50 yards. Randle dropped one ball he should have had when he got a step on Amukamara down the left sideline on a deep ball and it went off his hands. But he came back when the offense was in the red zone and caught a high ball over the middle, jumping up to seal Stevie Brown off from the ball. The Giants also tried to throw an option pass from Louis Murphy to Randle, but Corey Webster was able to break it up.
Coughlin was happy with Randle’s performance, but he also thought the defense against him did well (especially considering the lack of contact in these practices).
“Prince competed like heck,” Coughlin said.