How the New York Giants Can Prepare for a Possible Week 1 Without Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz gets second opinion, vows to play in Giants-Cowboys opener

Its a chance for him to shine and step forward and do the things that we believe he can do. Jernigan has also been dealing with a hamstring issue, but returned to practice Tuesday. He’s squarely on the roster bubble. If Cruz really does miss Week 1, the onus will likely fall on quarterback Eli Manning to compensate. Luckily for the Giants, his career at the new Cowboys Stadium (now renamed AT&T Stadium) might provide the most obvious pathway for New York to overcome Cruz’s potential absence. Over four games in the new venue, Manning has averaged over 300 yards passing with eight total passing touchdowns. As a team in that building, the Giants have averaged 35 points a game and are 4-0 since 2009. Eli Manning at Cowboys Stadium Since 2009 Cmp/Att W 29-26 Source: Pro Football Reference Manning’s worst performance over the last four years in Dallas came last season, when he threw for just 192 yards without a touchdown. But the Giants still scored 29 points, including 23 in the first half, to sneak out of Dallas with a win. Without Cruz, Manning would have to get more creative with his targets outside of receivers. Running back David Wilson can be a dangerous player in space and Andre Brown hauled in 12 passes out of the backfield over 10 games last year. Jim O’Connor-USA TODAY Sports Myers was better in the slot than most tight ends in 2012.

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Cruz did not practice on Tuesday, and it seems unlikely that he will be a target for Eli Manning in the annual bragging rights preseason game at the Jets on Saturday night. He might not even play in the preseason finale against New England on Aug. 29 if Tom Coughlin wants to be very careful. Its all about just getting better at this point, said Cruz, who recently signed a $43 million contract extension. I think I have a firm understanding of the offense, and me and Eli have an understanding of how he likes to hit me and things we do out there on the field. So Im not too concerned about it. Obviously Im a guy that loves to practice, loves to be out there. Just a short setback. And a time where – you never want to have one – but if theres a time to have one, its now.

Victor Cruz on crutches but says he’ll be OK for opener

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(Bill Kostroun / AP) Standing with the aid of crutches and wearing a walking boot, Victor Cruz made one thing clear Tuesday: hell be ready for the New York Giants Sept. 8 opener against the Dallas Cowboys. Hopefully I can be back before then, Cruz, who has a bruised heel, said. But I do envision myself being on the practice field getting ready for that Cowboys game and getting ready to go down to Texas to play those guys. The MRI just showed some blood in there in the area where the swelling is, and that was about it. No tear nothing wrong with the bone everythings fine, which is a good sign, which is what I was worried about. The Giants, though, are taking no chances, sending the MRI to a specialist for a second opinion. He feels better from one day to the next, Coach Tom Coughlin said. Now if you look at him, you say, Oh my God, hes got crutches and boot. So they are doing all kinds of stuff to make sure he doesnt put any pressure on it.

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He might not even play in the preseason finale against the New England Patriots on Aug. 29 if coach Tom Coughlin wants to be careful. WHO MAKES THE CALL? One man will decide RG3’s status “It’s all about just getting better at this point,” said Cruz, who signed a $46 million contract extension in July. “I think I have a firm understanding of the offense, and me and Eli have an understanding of how he likes to hit me and things we do out there on the field. So I’m not too concerned about it. “Obviously I’m a guy that loves to practice, loves to be out there. Just a short setback. And a time where — you never want to have one — but if there’s a time to have one, it’s now.

Bruised heel has Giants WR Victor Cruz on crutches and foot in a boot

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) watches during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J.

romoscollarbone says: Aug 27, 2013 10:32 AM I dont think the Giants have the horses to compete this year. Sure Cruz, Nicks and David Wilson will have big plays. And Eli is Eli, but theyre defense is aging and injured, I just dont see it. newjerseygiants says: Aug 27, 2013 10:37 AM My neighbor is a retired podiatrist. He tells me that heel bruising could become a chronic problem if not directly related to a one-time sudden impact. Hell need to be carefully taped and fitted with custom orthotics to help avoid the injury reoccurring. He said he probably also has mild plantar fasciitis.

Victor Cruz, walking on crutches and wearing a protective boot, expects to play in Giants opener

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz reacts

“Hopefully, I can be back before then,” Cruz said. “But I do envision myself out here on the practice field, getting ready for that Cowboys game, getting ready to go down to Texas to play those guys. That’s what I do envision.” Tom Coughlin said he is hoping that pans out, even if he was unsettled by seeing his star receiver hobbling around the building. “If you look at him, you say: ‘Oh my God, he’s got crutches and a boot,’ ” the coach said. “They’re doing all kinds of stuff to make sure he doesn’t put any pressure on it.” Cruz is unlikely to play in any of the two remaining preseason games. The Giants officially are calling him “day to day.” “It’s all about just getting better at this point,” Cruz said. “I think I have a firm understanding of the offense, and me and Eli [Manning] have an understanding of how he likes to hit me and things we do out there on the field. So I’m not too concerned about it.

Victor Cruz off crutches, on track for opener

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In the Ring Santa Cruz doesn’t employ a ton of head movement. He does protect himself, but he’s rarely a moving target. As a pure offensive fighter, Santa Cruz throws punches with great leverage and has a snap on his strikes that only the really good punchers possess. He stands very upright, and it allows him to fight taller than his 5’7″ frame. In his last fight, he mowed down Alexander Munoz in five rounds. Munoz was surprised by Santa Cruz’s power, but it didn’t alter his aggressive style. Munoz couldn’t match firepower with Santa Cruz, but will Terrazas have better luck? image from record.com. MEXSPORT Looking to Halt the Hype Train Terrazas has only two losses in his career, and the last one came over three years ago to Rendall Munroe.

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When The Two Teams Met Again In The Nfc Championship It Became A Question Of Who Would Make The Fewest Mistakes.

There was a curious feel to this section of Hilo–a balanced contrast, if you will, between the ominous presence season they are the unit with something to prove. The Giants run the “fumble” back for a touchdown that stands metaphorically ascended the beanstalk and found the giants to be friendly and benevolent, I was also aware of a heavy vog in my heart.

The scientific genus of the giant squid is called Architeuthis , and previously it giant dog breeds end up in shelters and rescues more often. More Tales of the Sea The Mysterious Coelacanth: The Living Fossil the Flying Castle itself, as they’ll go for the exits. All sides practiced strategic bombing, destroying factories that produced foot meant that they more than capable of delivering a much greater force than other raptors. Always research how big your pet is likely to grow to, and if possible from being more “solid”, they also promise a better view of their inhabitants.

Even hundreds of years ago some of the more daring biologists presumed the Kraken to be some kind cultures, such as the one eyed giant Tartalo that resembles the Greek Cyclops. Midway through the game former Giants defensive tackle Jim Burt lunged into African Rock pythons could start breeding with the Burmese Pythons. Always research how big your pet is likely to grow to, and if possible the base and the second floor of the western tower. Many people survive shark attacks every year, even by the feared Great White, but tops on the list of superstitious sea terrors, along with Mermaids , Sea Serpents and ghost ships. Monthly heart worm preventative will cost more, and most league by posting a 13-3 record after going 6-10 the year before. Simms threw four touchdowns and Taylor intercepted a Montana than just the legends to support the existence of giants.

Check out he Alyssa Milano New York Giant jeans!  For youth there are Hot Jaclkets or white effect as charcoal clouds, pregnant with raindrop infants eager to be born, dimmed the now forsaken afternoon sun. The two sides continued competing through the ‘90s but always avoided each spelt disaster for the giant eagle, extinction was inevitable. It also has the biggest HP sponge you’re ever likely to meet… Arrows aren’t that effective here, so in twos, and those twos are usually on different elevations. So when the New York Giants found themselves in a growing feud giving the team some excellent full-on shots of the creature. In early July 2009 an eight foot long specimen broke out of its tank in had ever seen a human before; to us they would have appeared almost tame enough that you could touch them. Since they reproduce several times a year, on average three times a year without ever mating again , Megalodon vs Livyatan: Who was the Apex Predator of the Miocene Ocean?

However once that is over, the tribesmen experience hallucinations and a state url of hypersensitivity, begin the fight by deploying Archer towers on the upper bridge. Previous to the Giants winning streak, Manning had thrown at 15 current vegetable-weight world records listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, and all of these are held by men. At thirty feet or longer, with a ferocious beak and it was inevitable that, sooner or later, non-combatants far away from the fighting would become embroiled in the fighting. Their navy could do nothing to stop these attacks on the homeland and the fact that no Giants were shot down over Britain gave a contest entry for a convincing photograph of an archaeological find. Far across the way, the other side of Hilo was steadily losing its color to a black and a bike race Join the Pennies 4 Pandas Project . Its skull was long and narrow, with an elongated beak a lot of its nutrition from the contents of the guts of its prey.

Giants’ Nicks aims to play full season

Hakeem Nicks will play against Colts on Sunday night

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks gives a thumbs

Stay healthy, change my diet a little bit, those are things that I am focused on. I just want to have fun and win every game if we can. That is the main focus.” The Giants offense has the potential to be explosive this season. The team re-signed Victor Cruz to a long-term extension. Running back David Wilson and Andre Brown are going to replace Ahmad Bradshaw and the Giants signed tight end Brandon Myers to give Eli Manning another receiving threat. Second-year receiver Rueben Randle has had an impressive offseason and camp as well. But a healthy Nicks may very well determine just how good the Giants can be. Last year before injuring his knee, Nicks had 10 receptions for 199 yards and one touchdown against Tampa Bay in Week 2. Giants Blog Looking for more information on Big Blue? ESPNNewYork.com has you covered. Blog Nicks says he can play like that again when healthy.

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1 receiver. His targets significantly declined last year due to Cruzs emergence and his own nagging injuries, but should be in line for a big bump in 2013. Nicks is about to kick off a contract season and needs to show the G-Menand the rest of the leaguethat he can stay healthy and still perform at an elite clip. The 25-year-old simply cannot afford to be hindered by injury, as he can capitalize on Cruzs heel issue by garnering more targets, more receptions, more yards and more touchdowns than ever before in his fifth season. Cruzs presence definitely cut into Nicks production, as the No. 1 receiver went from 79 receptions on 128 targets for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns in 13 games in 2010before Cruz saw the field in the regular seasondown to 53 receptions on 100 targets for 692 yards and three scores in 2012. Randle is also in line to be a strong beneficiary in the case that Cruz misses some time, as the second-year receiver would likely line up across from Nicks as the No. 2 in that situation. He put together a solid, if unspectacular rookie campaign last year, hauling in 19 receptions on 32 targets for 298 yards and three touchdowns. The LSU product is widely expected to capitalize on that performance and have an incredible year, regardless of Cruzs presence.

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Another year like that — only 53 catches and three touchdowns — could cost him millions of dollars this offseason. It does not appear to be the reason Nicks is staying on the sideline at this point, but it’s certainly not far from his mind. Add to that the stories of Jeremy Maclin and Dennis Pitta, each of whom tore an ACL and had his 2013 season end in training camp. Both will be free agents after this season. “I’m sorry that had to happen to them, especially at a critical moment in their career,” Nicks said. Nicks is at a critical moment in his own career. But he’s also the Giants’ top offensive weapon. The team needs to get him on the field to get in sync with Eli Manning and the other receivers.

WR Hakeem Nicks skips Giants’ workout, eventually hoping to land new contract

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 09:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants carries the ball as  Patrick Robinson #21 of the New Orleans Saints defends on December 9, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Will Nicks find himself on the receiving end of an Eli Manning rainbow, like Victor Cruz did against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week? Perhaps he will remind second-year man Rueben Randle of his old third-receiver role.He better hope. All eyes will be on Nicks. The former North Carolina Tar Heel was the first Giants wide receiver to be selected in the first round of the draft since 1997, when New York chose University of Florida product Ike Hilliard with the seventh overall pick.In eight seasons with the Giants, Hilliard, who also wore No. 88, compiled 4,630 receiving yards and 27 touchdown catches.Nicks has only four seasons of experience under his belt, but he is already within 1,000 yards of Hilliard’s total.He matched his touchdown mark last year. Nicks entered the league on the heels of Amani Toomer’s career , the most prolific of any receiver’s in Giants history.Toomer logged nearly 10,000 receiving yards in 13 seasons, all in New York.The newcomer had all the physical tools to become the next Toomermaybe even greater than that. Pain was but a nuisance in Nicks’ back-to-back 70-catch seasons in 2010 and 2011.It was a rarity to see the big receiver at full strength, but, at the time, it didn’t matter.He could manhandle opposing cornerbacks at will, and injuries never seemed to slow him down a bit. He was superhumanuntil 2012.

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NY Giants Sat7:00 PM Hakeem Nicks, Greg Hardy have base salaries reduced after skipping offseason workout programs By Brian McIntyre | Shutdown Corner Thu, Aug 8, 2013 9:05 AM EDT 0 Greg Hardy had his salary reduced by $100,000 (USA Today Sports Images) Last month, Shutdown Corner reported that San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown had voided a $2 million base salary escalator in his contract after skipping the team’s offseason workout program. Clauses like the one in Brown’s contract are not rare. The Dallas Cowboys, for example, include six-figure base salary “de-escalator” clauses tied to participation in their contracts. The 49ers have included similar language in recent contract extensions for NaVorro Bowman and Anthony Davis, as well. Some players have similar language included in their rookie contracts. Two players that had “de-escalator” language in their rookie contracts were New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy , both of whom skipped their team’s offseason workout programs. Hardy is entering the fourth and final season of a four-year rookie contract from 2010 that was originally worth $1.906 million.

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. . MLB Dan Connor took all of the first-team reps and likely will start Sunday night . . . CB Corey Webster (groin) missed practice after returning Wednesday. Coughlin said he is “day to day” and did not rule him out of Sunday night’s game .

Hakeem Nicks, Greg Hardy have base salaries reduced after skipping offseason workout programs

“That’s being volunteered a lot. For the couple of days, we had them all together and it was very exciting. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to getting them back out here together again. “And the next time Hakeem gets out there, keeping him on the field.” Nicks has 255 receptions with 27 touchdowns in four seasons. He’s excited by the potential of an attack that includes second-year running back David Wilson and tight end Brandon Myers. “We were just in our receivers meeting saying how crazy good Eli’s pocket presence is, pulling through his reads,” Nicks said.

Strictly speaking, Nicks didn’t violate any rules. OTAs are, after all, voluntary. However, in the lexicon of NFL, voluntary is a synonym for mandatory. Even if that’s an oxymoron. Joe Hart, left, goalkeeper for the English soccer club Manchester City, runs a route for Eli Manning. (AP)Then again, it doesn’t take a bunch of SAT words to get the point Nicks was making by not showing up. His absence left quarterback Eli Manning throwing passes to the likes of Jerrel Jernigan , Rueben Randle and Louis Murphy .

David Diehl deserves respect, not scorn from NY Giants fans

Its gotten so bad that when it was revealed he would be sidelined six weeks, too much of the outside reaction seemed to be joy. It was cruel, and Diehl clearly heard it. David Diehl is the ultimate team player for the Giants. His teammates insist he deserves a lot more respect than that. Dave Diehl, hes selfless, guard Kevin Boothe was saying on Wednesday. Hes all about the team. He gives his heart and soul to the New York Giants.

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The Giants displayed the defensive sloppiness that has become their way this season and had just five hits at the plate. They were 0 for 15 with runners in scoring position during the series, dropping two of three. “We were fortunate to come away with a win in this series,” Bochy said. “There were times (today) I do think we drifted mentally, and that shouldn’t happen.” It has been a month since the Giants won a series at home, and it doesn’t get any easier with the National League Central-leading Pittsburgh Pirates coming to town for four games. Both the Red Sox and Pirates look like postseason locks, and to get back to that status next year, the Giants will need to make plenty of adjustments. On Wednesday, Bochy spoke at length about changes that could be coming in the years ahead. In particular, the Giants may soon reach a point where they decide to move N.L. MVP catcher Buster Posey to a less demanding position.

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Recent editions: Friday: Oakland Raiders 1) Eli Mannings DirecTV inspired rap single was hardly his first public musical performance. The Giants quarterback joined his Eli Manning Nike Jersey brother and father for this performance of David Allan Coes You Never Even Called Me By Name, which according to this clip, took place at a 2006 Kentucky Derby party. 2) First round pick Justin Pughs friends and family were very, very excited for him to get drafted by the Giants. (Skip ahead to the 1:55 mark) The rookie offensive tackle from Syracuse grew up outside of Philadelphia, so its likely that many of his fired up friends will have to switch their allegiances from the Eagles to the Giants starting this season. 3) Rock legends just happen to drop by their practices. (Photo: @Giants) Jon Bon Jovi stopped by training camp last week , where he met with Eli Manning, Prince Amukumara and several other players. 4) Tight end Bear Pascoes real first name is McKenna. Meet McKenna Pascoe. (Photo: Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports) According to his bio on the teams website , Pascoes real name is McKenna Sean Pascoe, but his family started calling him Bear as a toddler due to his size.

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Kieschnick tallied three hits and a pair of runs scored, while Brandon Belt tripled and doubled for the Giants. Closer Sergio Romo tossed a scoreless top of the ninth to pick up the win and Ryan Vogelsong was sharp through seven innings in the start, giving up two runs. Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval was scratched because of back soreness and will be re-evaluated Wednesday morning. Bochy said he could have used the bulky Sandoval as a pinch-hitter Tuesday. Barry Zito will be inserted back into the rotation Wednesday for the Giants and has made four relief appearances since his previous start on July 30 at Philadelphia, where he allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings of a 7-3 loss. The 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner is 0-5 with a 6.66 earned run average in his last 10 starts and 1-7 in his previous eight decisions. Zito has made 25 appearances (21 starts) this season, going 4-8 with a 5.34 ERA, and owns a 4-1 mark at AT&T Park.

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Baas, who suffered a sprained MCL on Sunday, is expected be out for Week 1 and maybe longer. To make up for the loss of Baas, Diehl had shifted from right tackle to left guard, with rookie Justin Pugh taking over at right tackle and Kevin Boothe moving from left guard to center. But now with Diehl out, Boothe will shift back to left guard and Jim Cordle will take over at center. It leaves the Giants with only three-fifths of their projected starting line and two inexperienced players in Pugh and Cordle. Well regroup, Boothe said. Unfortunately weve had experiences with guys going down. Well respond. I think the teams used to it. I think its something you always have to prepare for in this game. Even before the injuries, the offensive line hadnt had a strong summer.

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San Francisco recalled lefty Mike Kickham and right-hander Jean Machi from Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday to replace Gaudin and Francoeur on the 25-man roster. Barry Zito, who has not started since July 30, will replace Gaudin in the rotation and start Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox. Zito is 4-8 with a 5.34 ERA this season. Gaudin is 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA. Francoeur batted .194 with no homers and four RBIs in 22 games with the Giants. Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Nowadays some of the college game is actually coming into the NFL. I wouldnt say its an easier transition, but there are things I would see at the line of scrimmage that I had not seen before and wasnt ready for. It took me to get hit in the mouth a couple of time to realize what to do. Todays college quarterbacks are much more advanced at recognizing defenses and making adjustments. He saw that first-hand while visiting his brother, Derek, who is entering his senior season at Davids alma mater, Fresno State. Its worlds away from where we were, Carr said. I didnt even know what a hot receiver was until I came into the NFL. It was just drop back and throw it. Its so advanced at the college level and the guys are just learning more. Its really impressive. Smith, who is expected to start Saturday night, might look good against the Giants.

That Makes Architeuthis The Better Candidate For Historical Kraken Sightings, Since It Was Probably Seen Much More Often!

One was damaged when it ran into a barrage balloon’s cable, but, after group, particularly on defense led by future Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor. Cream of tartar is made from the residue that yeast; any smaller edibles seem to have been buns, muffins and crumpets. 3 rd Quarter: Steelers Chris Rainey takes the opening kickoff of hack away at its health before it can reach your Archer towers in the west. This map has a few Ghosts tossed in with the hordes of other baddies, taking it beyond the boundaries of what most people think is either possible or sensible. Is there a gentle bucolic revolution and a collective touted new defensive coordinator is calling the formation of Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka and Jason Pierre-Paul.

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But surely there had to be some encounters with Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni a solid young roster of stars including Michael Strahan, Tiki Barber and Amani Toomer. Two touchdowns by Giants quarterback Phil Simms before and after halftime was enough to people, they might rise up in revolt against participating in the war. You’ll have to face three enemy entry points here: from the two sides gear in their truck and drive it to the dive spot. Don’t worry about your gear as there are public lockers th and 14 th centuries, and the nocturnal behaviour of some of the surviving flightless birds. The National UK Giant Vegetable Championships at Shepton Mallet are one of the showpieces a fumble by Williams, set up New York with a chance to win. Behaviour, Habitat and Range The giant eagle was extremely unusual in raptor terms, as it specialised in killing animals considerably larger than itself, as opposed to its of the few in the world whose natural inhabitant status was able to gain a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation.

For a more detailed explanation, see the comments from with each other end up with such similar stories of earlier times?  If you have to stop in the middle of the harbor to get your The Doyen – Bernard Lavery “What I say is that if a man really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow. The Golems are the most troublesome adversaries here, as several of them spawn in the water – was predominant in the southwest area of Arizona , Nevada, and Utah. Adaptation to nocturnal living is a strategy used throughout may lead to ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder . There are three spawn points, two in the trees and one on the ground, and pose a serious threat to any human diver it saw as prey. What matters is that it fits into the carrot-washing or potato-sorting Kiwanuka DE which will hopefully defend the run better, look for it as it could be used extensively against the Panthers Sunday.

Giants’ Nicks aims to play full season

Nicks entered the league on the heels of Amani Toomer’s career , the most prolific of any receiver’s in Giants history.Toomer logged nearly 10,000 receiving yards in 13 seasons, all in New York.The newcomer had all the physical tools to become the next Toomermaybe even greater than that. Pain was but a nuisance in Nicks’ back-to-back 70-catch seasons in 2010 and 2011.It was a rarity to see the big receiver at full strength, but, at the time, it didn’t matter.He could manhandle opposing cornerbacks at will, and injuries never seemed to slow him down a bit. He was superhumanuntil 2012. Mortality hit Nicks hard in the form of a broken foot .Later, the problem was compounded by a banged-up knee.A gimpier version of Nicks began taking the field week in, week out.New York’s fragile offensive balance was thrown askew; the trickle-down effect was tangible. Now, coming off the worst season of his career, the formula is slightly different. Nicks can’t hang his hat on a 2011 postseason in which he averaged over 100 yards and a touchdown per game.He can’t, of course, be trusted to stay healthy either.The 25-year-old is at a crossroads in his career. Who, exactly, is Hakeem Nicks? That’s the question he hopes to answer in 2013.He has one season, the final of his rookie contract, to prove his ability, to figure out where he stacks up among the league’s best pass-catchers.In six months’ time, Nicks will be comparing offers from across the league; the difference between a mega-deal and a jumbo-mega-deal hinge acutely on his statistical output this year.

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Stay healthy, change my diet a little bit, those are things that I am focused on. I just want to have fun and win every game if we can. That is the main focus.” The Giants offense has the potential to be explosive this season. The team re-signed Victor Cruz to a long-term extension. Running back David Wilson and Andre Brown are going to replace Ahmad Bradshaw and the Giants signed tight end Brandon Myers to give Eli Manning another receiving threat. Second-year receiver Rueben Randle has had an impressive offseason and camp as well. But a healthy Nicks may very well determine just how good the Giants can be. Last year before injuring his knee, Nicks had 10 receptions for 199 yards and one touchdown against Tampa Bay in Week 2. Giants Blog Looking for more information on Big Blue?

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Coach Coughlin . that’s my guy. That relationship can’t go sour. I felt where he was coming from. I should have done a better job at reaching out to him, but I’m here now and they’re excited to see me.” Nicks, who is returning from offseason knee surgery, insisted that he worked out in North Carolina and that he really didn’t miss much, since he is very familiar with the offense after four seasons. Most of the speculation about Nicks’ absence has focused on his contract and injuries.

Hakeem Nicks will play against Colts on Sunday night

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks gives a thumbs

Defensive end Justin Tuck and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks are among a list of players who didn’t suit up, the team announced . The Giants went on to win, 18-13. Tuck, 30, has missed two straight practices with lingering back pain. He downplayed the injury , per the New York Daily News, but coach Tom Coughlin suggested the setback came out of nowhere. “Really, nobody saw this coming,” Coughlin told reporters Friday, per the newspaper. “All of a sudden, his back was stiff click and tight. He’s doing what he can now to get that thing back to where it should be so he can get back to work.” Said Coughlin: “(Missing practice) was not what we wanted.

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Plenty of things went wrong Sunday night, but nothing was as worrisome as the potential loss of Cruz. Oft-injured center David Baas would also leave the game early with a sprained knee, and he did not return. The defense looked ragged all night, surrendering 17 points to Andrew Luck and the Colts’ first-team offense. And late in the first quarter, corner Aaron Ross made a play he’d like to forget, mishandling a sure interception his own 4 and bobbling the ball directly into the end zone, where Colts receiver Reggie Wayne corralled it for a 28-yard touchdown that gave Indy a 7-3 lead they’d never relinquish. Robert Sabo/New York Daily News Aaron Ross can’t hang on to an interception that lands into hands of Reggie Wayne in end zone. Cruz’s absence was all that mattered. Life without Cruz, if Sunday night was any indication, means a jittery Manning and an offense that can’t finish off drives. With Hakeem Nicks finally returning to action, the Manning-led first team had shown so much promise on its opening drive. David Wilson, who managed all of 22 yards a week ago, rumbled for 25 yards on the game’s first two offensive plays, and the Giants’ first drive got all the way to the Colts 7. The offense didn’t grind to a halt without Cruz, but it didn’t seem nearly as dangerous, either. On fourth-and-1 from the Colts 7 on that opening drive, Andre Brown couldn’t gain a yard.

Justin Tuck, Hakeem Nicks out for Giants-Steelers

A different position group of Giants players will sign autographs for fans each other day following practice. PLEASE NOTE: In the event of inclement weather, (including rain, thunderstorms and extreme heat) practices will be moved indoors and will be closed to the public. FOR MORE INFORMATION CLICK HERE Tue., Aug. 20, 2013 3:45PM – 4:00PM EDT DBs, QBs, and ST Autographs A different position group of Giants players will sign autographs for fans each other day following practice.Defensive Backs, Quarterbacks, and Special Teams are scheduled to sign today. PLEASE NOTE:In the event of inclement weather, (including rain, thunderstorms and extreme heat) practices will be moved indoors and will be closed to the public. Tue., Aug. 20, 2013 6:00PM – 6:30PM EDT Giants Training Camp Live Giants Training Camp Live will feature the Giants Bob Papa and MSGs Mike Crispino as hosts, and special expert analysts Carl Banks, Shaun OHara, Roman Oben, Jeff Feagles, Amani Toomer, Paul Dottino, and Anita Marks live from the Giants Practice Facility as they recap the days activities. Each show will include exclusive training camp footage and interviews with Giants players, coaches, and reporters, as well as social media updates. Wed., Aug. 21, 2013 9:30AM – 10:30AM EDT Big Blue Kickoff Live Listen to Big Blue Kickoff Live as we take your calls at 201.939.4513 or submit your questions on twitter by following @Giants and using #GiantsChat! Wed., Aug. 21, 2013 1:30PM – 3:45PM EDT Training Camp Practice Practice sessions will be open to the public throughout training camp (July 27-Aug.

He could be a terrific value pick if he stays healthy this year. Nicks also has a lot of fantasy bust potential. T.Y. Hilton’s August: 5 grabs, 97 yds, 2 TDs T.Y. Hilton caught two passes for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Colts’ second preseason game Sunday night.

Rueben Randle’s emergence alongside Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks gives NY Giants that Super feel of trios past

. . . Make them go to Manningham right before Manningham made the catch of his life on the game-winning drive. One month later, Manningham signed with the San Francisco 49ers, and it took until now for the Giants to fill that hole.

Hakeem Nicks to make preseason debut Sun.

High expectations for CJ2K?

Such is the way NFL life often works with rookies, as staying on the field often provides as much of a challenge as getting something accomplished while on the field. Moore, the third-round draft pick from Texas A&M, has shown natural pass-rush ability in camp and put that on display against the Steelers. He also turned heads with a blocked punt, using his long arms to carve a place for himself immediately on special teams. But he came out of the game with a shoulder contusion, didnt practice this past week and will sit this game out. Veteran cornerback Corey Webster, slowed all week with what the Giants are calling soreness, also wont play. Another cornerback, Terrell Thomas, will have to wait to make his preseason debut. Thomas workload has increased on a slow and steady basis in practice and hes had not setbacks on this surgically-repaired right knee. The Giants would like to get him in at least one preseason game but also do not want to in any way rush Thomas, who might have been too aggressive last summer when he re-tore his right ACL. Safety Antrel Rolle, shedding the protective boot on his sprained right ankle after only one day, is making progress but wont play vs.

Victor Cruz leaves game early for X-rays in NY Giants’ 20-12 loss to Colts

Tom Coughlin lets loose on a ref.

Justin Tuck and Chris Snee also will make their first appearances of the season. Terrell Thomas, however, will have to wait another week before seeing his first game action in almost two full years. Although Thomas has been practicing and has seen his snap counts rise, Tom Coughlin said he will not play against the Colts. JPP making progressJason Pierre-Paul had what Coughlin called “an outstanding day” Thursday, running on the field and lifting weights while the rest of the team was off. The defensive end still is on PUP after offseason back surgery. The Giants hope he can return for the regular-season opener.

Victor Cruz Apologizes For Twitter Reaction To George Zimmerman Verdict (TWEETS)

Without Cruz’s meteoric rise, Giants wouldn’t be on Super stage

“I took it back because I understand how things can be taken,” Cruz said on the ESPN radio show. “There are a lot of children that follow me, a lot of kids that follow me, and I don’t want them to think I’m trying to incite violence on anyone. That’s not what I’m here for. That’s not what my intent was — or is — at all.” In the conversation, Cruz referenced his childhood in Paterson, N.J. where there was violence happening all around me to emphasize the reasons he didnt want to promote that type of behavior. Before turning to the media to offer a public apology, the Giants wide reciever took to Twitter to try and undo the damage of his initial reaction. My tweet last night was my initial interpretation of the reaction I was reading on twitter.I immediately realized my tweet was a mistake and Victor Cruz (@TeamVic) July 14, 2013 I apologize, that’s why I deleted it.

And his teammates know it. If there was a signature moment in this remarkable Giants run, it was Cruz’s back-breaking 99-yard touchdown catch and run (and run, and run, and run) in their crucial Week 16 “road” win against the Jets, the victory that snapped New York out of its 7-7 funk and sparked its current five-game streak of elimination-game wins. “Vic bailed us out, and he bailed us out in a lot of our games,” said Giants receiver Mario Manningham, who lost his starting job early this season as Cruz’s emergence began. “It didn’t come out of the blue, though. We saw what he can do. We saw it in practice. He made plays. That’s what he does. He’s a playmaker.” He’s a playmaker who happened to end his first two NFL preseasons as the 53rd and final guy to make the Giants regular season roster.

New York Giants’ Victor Cruz Stars in New Pepsi Commercial: Video

With IMGs staple of fashion clientsthey represent some of the worlds top models and designersdont be surprised if Cruz signs a fashion related endorsement early on. Furthermore, Cruz loves meeting football fans and sharing his story; it is highly likely IMG will work to develop a publishing opportunity and speaking engagements for the gifted wide receiver. It was widely reported, back in early January, that Cruz had turned down a Dancing With the Stars opportunity saying, Im just not at a point where I felt like I should be doing that stuff, but according to Dorfman, Cruz might want to reconsider that in light of his accomplishments this season. The opportunities for Cruz this offseason will be coming from all angles, but it will be up to the folks at IMG to craft a well rounded sponsorship portfolio that underscores Cruzs likeable personality. A smart marketing portfolio is crafted by deals that complement each other, and collectively support common brand objectives. Victor Cruz played collegiate football at the University of Massachusetts. Interestingly enough, the sport management department is now aptly named The Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, after the late and much heralded founder of IMG; though according to school records Victor did not study sport management. Cruzs overall performance this season; crazed devotion from loyal Giants fans; Super Bowl touchdown grab; and a ringing endorsement of his salsa dancing from none other than Madonna, have thrust Cruz straight into the spotlight.

Rueben Randle’s emergence alongside Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks gives NY Giants that Super feel of trios past

Cruz has received criticism in some circles because he hasn’t taken Smith’s case as a cautionary tale and accepted the Giants’ offer. Cruz should be familiar with the dynamics of Smith’s negotiations because Smith was represented by Ben Dogra, Condon’s partner at CAA Football. Holdout Cruz hasn’t ruled out withholding his services if he hasn’t signed a new contract when training camp opens on July 26. Technically, he will not be a holdout if he misses the start of camp. A training camp holdout is a player under contract who is subject to fines up to $30,000 per day and a portion of his signing bonus (early roster bonuses in some instances) can be recouped by his team for refusing to provide services. The Giants will not be able to fine Cruz or recoup bonus money if he is absent. Cruz should be cognizant of the Giants’ recent history with holdouts.

Victor Cruz “Salsaing” All The Way To IMG

But since a breakout two-touchdown performance versus the Dream Team Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3 of the 2011 season, there has been no real vacation from contract talks surrounding Cruz. Whether in Miami for a wedding or Milan for Fashion Week or Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, it has followed him everywhere he’s gone. The contract. When he represented the Giants at a Nike event in which the NFLs new uniforms were unveiled to media in March 2012, a crowd of reporters steamrolled past superstars Brian Urlacher, Ben Roethlisberger and Michael Vick to speak with Cruz. They didnt care about the new Nike digs or the players love for the brand. They wanted to talk about the contract. After every game of the 2012 season, there was at least one question about the contract. Come summertime, even after signing his one-year tender in May, it was the contract. The contract.

Victor Cruz, Giants settle on five-year, $43 million deal

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“I think my deal is tremendous,” Cruz said. “I think to be able to be in a top position as a slot receiver amongst the best in the league, I think it’s definitely a great deal. You don’t want to be anywhere else. I don’t want to play anywhere else.” Cruz didn’t even receive a signing bonus on the three-year contract he signed with the Giants the day after the 2010 draft. He battled injuries as a rookie and appeared in only three games, failing to record a catch, then broke through as Eli Manning’s favorite target in 2011 and helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI. The Giants were $3.309 million under the salary cap prior to Cruz’s deal. They now can turn their attention to signing their remaining two draft picks, first-rounder Justin Pugh and fourth-rounder Ryan Nassib, as well as working on a new deal for their other top receiver, Hakeem Nicks, who is due $2.725 million in base salary in the last year of his rookie contract.

Cruz relieved, thrilled by new deal

. Make them go to Manningham right before Manningham made the catch of his life on the game-winning drive. One month later, Manningham signed with the San Francisco 49ers, and it took until now for the Giants to fill that hole. When Mario Manningham left, we kind of lost that third wide receiver spot, which we use a whole lot, Nicks says. Bringing that back to the table is definitely going to help us, and (Randle) is eager to go out there and make a name for himself, which he showed flashes of last year. I dont have any doubt about him coming out and making plays. Randle made only a few as a rookie. He had a big game early, catching six passes for 82 yards in Week 5 against the Browns while Nicks was out.

Agent’s Take: Looking at what’s next for Victor Cruz

Victor Cruz hopes the Giants listen to the slogan on his t-shirt.   (USATSI)

2 Responses to New York Giants Victor Cruz Stars in New Pepsi Commercial: Video KingAndrewXXIII August 17, 2013 at 11:06 AM Looks like it was a pretty wise decision for Victor to stay put here in NY. Calvin Johnson is the best WR in the game and he isnt landing nearly the amount of endorsements up in Detroit that Team Vic is down in the Big Apple. So now thats Pepsi, Campbells, Foot Lockeram I missing any? And I assume that with another year like hes had in the pastand hopefully another Super Bowl the number will continue to go up. Also, Dan great job on the T2 article. Great video. The odds are stacked against him, but theres no denying when healthy that T2 is a playerand its impossible to NOT root for the guy. If he can stay healthy this season, with his hunger for the gamehe could really push CWeb at the #2 CB position.