Giants Are Not Upset With Hakeem Nicks

Nicks shows up for Giants mandatory minicamp

It won’t be because of lack of effort or lack of searching . . . We’ll definitely put forth a great effort and turn over every rock to see if we can turn this thing around.” Giant steps Former Jets FB John Conner was signed by the Giants Wednesday, replacing Henry Hynoski who was put on injured reserve with a fractured shoulder. “We need a fullback, we need a lead blocker,” Tom Coughlin said of the Giants’ 32nd-ranked running game. “He is a physical guy. We think he’ll go up in the hole and clear the hole for the running back” . . . Coughlin said G Chris Snee (hip) and C David Baas (neck) are “day to day.” He also clarified that Snee’s hip injury is not the one that was operated on this offseason. Meanwhile, T David Diehl returned to practice for the first time since thumb surgery five weeks ago .

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks practices during training

1 receiver,” to be rewarded with a payday in the five-year, $60 million range of Miami Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace, who received one of the blockbuster deals of free agency. Nicks is earning $3.7 million in the final year of a five-year contract. “Absolutely, Hakeem is worth Mike Wallace money,” Cruz told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday. “He’s worth whatever his numbers indicate, which are pretty well up there and worth that. “If he does ask my advice, I’d tell him to go out there and play.

No rift between NY Giants QB Eli Manning and Hakeem Nicks after WR’s comment

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Nicks, 25, has taken a cautious approach this year. Nicks opted not to participate in voluntary OTAs but did not give a reason why other than saying he was taking care of something. The Giants want to lock up Nicks to a long-term extension but the receiver will likely try to maximize his value and play out this season. “This is a critical season for me,” said Nicks, who has politely declined to discuss his contract with reporters. “I just look at it like I am going out here to play ball. 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.

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Specifically, he told the Newark Star-Ledger : Youve got to control what you can control. I cant throw it to myself. When you read that quote, you may have said to yourself, Boy, that seems like a charged quote. I hope that one of theMMQBwriters will dissect the subtext of Hakeems statement. Or, you may have thought, Ha, the idea of a receiver not being able to throw the ball to himself is just like that sketch that Steve Carell did, during his time as an actor on the short-lived Dana Carvey Show , where he played a goalie who was unable to practice because he had nobody to shoot the puck at him. Man, I havent seen that sketch inages.I wonder how its doing. Since most of you likely fall in the latter camp, here it is:

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I love all my fans and Im glad they follow me, he said. But when you have a guy on there talking about, I hope you tear your ACL, what human being would say something like that? Me personally, Im gonna block you, he added. If youve got something bad to say about me on Twitter, Im gonna block you. Im gonna say something to you first, and then I’m gonna block you … Im a blocking machine! .

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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. The 25-year-old Nicks is entering the final year of his contract, which will pay him $3.7 million in 2013. There is no doubt he would like a new deal and money equal to what the Giants will probably give Victor Cruz , who is a restricted free agent and not at the minicamp. Cruz is looking for $10 million annually. The Giants’ offer is in the $7.5 million range.

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How Eli And Rg Iii Bounce Back

Gilbride not too concerned about Eli

More Podcasts Of course, with the spotlights and tape recorders always on because of the position they play, it can be hard to forget and move on. The key is to find a way. Put it out of mind. And to do that, they first have to process what went wrong. When I had a bad game, I couldn’t wait to get back to the practice field and into the film room. Sure, I knew I’d get chewed out by the coach, but I knew that I was going to be able to work out the kinks and solve the problem, and it made me anxious. If you can digest your mistakes, you can fix them. In that spirit, let’s take a look at the problems faced by Eli Manning , Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick last week to see if we can diagnose what went wrong for three exceptionally talented signal-callers.

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Eli did his share of grimacing after this game, but not because he’d lost to his brother. He was agitated about those four interceptions and his team’s 0-2 record. “We have to find a way to play better,” Eli said. “I thought our defense played really well the last two weeks, so we have to help them out by scoring some more points and putting the opposing offense in a bind. And obviously I’ve got to eliminate the turnovers.” Obviously. Seven interceptions through two games puts Eli on pace to throw 56 in the season. His career high is 25 in 2010. The NFL single-season record is 42 by George Blanda in 1962. “Yeah, that’s never a goal,” Eli said.

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But the one before the half was very costly, Gilbride added of a Manning interception intended for Hakeem Nicks from the Denver 28-yard line. I think he was trying to throw it away. Its hard enough to win when youre not helping and aiding the enemy, so weve got to cut down on those things and certainly getting the running game better will improve the odds of us doing that. Run NYG: As for the running game that is currently stuck in neutral, Gilbride says he will make every effort to have a balanced offense against Carolina. Were definitely going to make an effort to run, Gilbride said. Were definitely going to do whatever we can to be as balanced as we can, but most importantly of all, well try to win the game. Gilbride was asked if the Giants can set up the run by passing. Yeah, absolutely, he said. Were just not as in sync right now as we need to be between all the different positions up front and you have a new running back whos struggling on some of his reads as well. Its a combination, as it always is.

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(Sept. 15, 2013) Galleries T-Rock’s Take on the Giants Two prominent figures in Eli Manning’s life came to his defense Tuesday, saying that the two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback will be fine despite throwing seven interceptions in two games. The first was his father, Archie Manning, who was promoting “The Book of Manning,” a documentary about the family premiering Tuesday night on ESPN. “I’m not going to get into Eli’s interceptions, although if you go back and check my career, I have a lot of experience talking about that subject,” Archie Manning said. “It’s kind of part of quarterbacking. I think they’ll be trying real hard to kind of balance up their offense a little bit and Eli will try to eliminate the interceptions and it will all work out.” The second was his favorite big-play receiver, Victor Cruz. “I’m not surprised at all by the criticism,” Cruz told reporters in Manhattan at the launching of McDonald’s ad campaign for their new Mighty Wings.

“Eli’s been doing this a long time, and doing it very well and we certainly do have to move forward and to put ourselves in the position where we’re never making the same mistake twice and I think we’ll get to that,” Coughlin said. “I think we are close to being a good football team, we’re not quite there. “Eli is a young man who is a tremendous competitor who feels worse about bad plays than anything I can heap on his shoulders so he knows and he’s working hard to control the situation and to stay within himself and realize that sometimes some of the plays that you think you have to make the percentages are just not with you.” Mitchell said the Panthers’ game plan is to stop the run early and force Manning to throw the ball, hoping that his streak of miscues continues. That will mean the Panthers secondary, which has been in flux all week with injuries and newcomers, will have to play better than it has early this season. With the Giants and the Panthers sharing unenviable 0-2 records, both Manning and Mitchell feel a sense of desperation this week. “We got to win. Every week is like that.

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Eli Manning: ‘I have to be smarter’

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning had to relive each of his four interceptions on Monday during film study. While there was a reason and story behind each interception, Manning knows the turnovers have to stop. Through two games, the Giants have 10 turnovers, and Manning leads the NFL with seven interceptions. Manning knows he has to be smarter and more accurate with his throws. Turnovers are going to lose you football games, Manning said. And so weve got to eliminate the turnovers. Every interception has its own story, but I have to be smarter with the football and throw the ball more accurately, and weve got to make some plays. The Giants have a ton of issues to correct starting with taking care of the ball. Manning knows the Giants will not survive when hes throwing three or more picks per game.

Comparing Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger’s Hall of Fame Chances

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But at this point, his right arm is the only offense the Giants have. A rushing attack that was supposed to be explosive with David Wilson has churned out just 73 yards (and just 2.2 yards per carry) in two games. Weve got to get the running game going, he said. We need to be more balanced, and that will help things out. RELATED: GIANTS INSIDER: NO RUSH ADDS TO PRESSURE Manning has always thrown plenty of picks hes had at least 14 interceptions in eight of his nine full seasons so while the early-season total is ugly, it hasnt jarred him. And some of the mistakes have been unavoidable, he said. His first interception on Sunday, he admitted, was a bad decision, an inexplicable pass into the end zone just before halftime, far from target Hakeem Nicks. But his three fourth-quarter picks including the fluky pass that bounced off a Bronco defenders foot werent bad, he said.

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Manning has had Plaxico Burress, Victor Cruz , Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham to throw the ball to at various points in his career. Roethlisberger has had Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes and Mike Wallace catching his passes. Roethlisberger rode the coattails of an elite defense to two championships while Manning did the same, albeit, with weaker defenses that stepped up to elite levels in the postseason. Rivers has thrown to a trending-downward Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson who began to develop before the Chargers let him go. Beyond that, there have been a lot of receivers who have never been notably productive in their entire careers. When Rivers won the passing title in 2010, he became the first player in over 20 years to lead the NFL in passing while not having a single one of his receivers eclipse the 800-yard receiving mark. That’s 4,710 passing yards divided among 17 players to catch a pass from Rivers. Gates led the entire team with only 782-yards receiving. Rivers has managed to do things with less support than Manning and Roethlisberger.

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‘healed’ Hakeem Nicks Ready To Roll, Says He’ll Play Saturday For Ny Giants

Hakeem Nicks fine to play out Giants’ rookie contract

Nicks is entering the final year of his five-year, $12.5 million rookie deal and could hurt his chances of landing a big contract if his 2013 numbers dont significantly improve. Im amped up for a big season, said a smiling Nicks. The receiver acknowledged that some people outside the Giants organization and in the fantasy football world were doubting his ability to come back and regain his pre-2012 form, but thats why you play the game. Everybody isnt going to be on your side, Nicks said. But I feel like the team, coaching staff and the whole organization is behind me, so I can just go out there, play ball and have fun this season. Nicks, who was a starter for the Giants team that won Super Bowl XLVI, has 255 career receptions for 3,726 yards and 25 touchdowns. He has averaged at least 13 yards per catch in each of his four NFL seasons and hasnt fumbled since Nov. 21, 2011.

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NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” on Monday that Nicks is in no hurry to negotiate with Giants and essentially wants to approach the situation as the “anti-Cruz.” More than willing to play out his contract, according to a person informed of his thinking, Nicks will allow the Giants to come to him with a proposal. Two NFL general managers opined to Rapoport that the longer Nicks waits, the more nervous the Giants likely are to be about their No. 1 receiver testing the open market. Should the Giants be concerned about losing Nicks, though? Free-agent tracker NFL free agency is under way. Follow all of the latest rumors and signings in our free-agent tracker.

WR Hakeem Nicks talks passing game

Sports EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. As if the New York Giants and Victor Cruz weren’t involved in enough of a stare down, fellow wide receiver Hakeem Nicks sent the team a little message by not showing up for practice Wednesday. Pay day is coming soon for Nicks, too. That was the unstated goal of Nicks’ not attending the Giants’ organized team activity practice, a team source indicated Wednesday. However, Nicks’ agent Peter Schaffer strongly denied that the wide receiver missed the practice because of contractual reasons.

Hakeem Nicks shows up for Giants minicamp, Victor Cruz still absent

Hakeem Nicks made it back for Giants minicamp on Tuesday. (USATSI)

“I’m here to talk about me being here right now, so that’s what I’m doing. I’m here. I’m happy to be back around my teammates.” Coach Tom Coughlin was upset by Nicks’ absence because the fifth-year wide receiver never informed him that he would be missing the non-contact practices, known as organized team activities. Nicks said he spoke with general manager Jerry Reese about his absence, but would not disclose what was said. “I could have done a better job at reaching out, but I did,” Nicks said. “We finally got to talk. We got things straightened out on that end. Coach Coughlin .

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

In terms of weekly matchups, that’s a recipe to lose the battle at WR2 almost every week. Both Shorts and Givens are better fits at WR3, so Rick will be relying on finding the best matchups and making great decisions every week. Not only that, he has some question marks at the FLEX position, as well. It’s a coin flip in this case, but Graham’s value is the ultimate tiebreaker. Rick also has Ray Rice, who’s dealing with a hip injury, and Stevan Ridley, who’s struggled early in the season. He needs a top playmaker more than he needs depth. This is a good deal to land another much-needed elite player.

Hakeem Nicks on David Wilson’s fumbles: We can’t have that right now

SMITH Eli: Giants must have ‘sense of urgency’ Supportive of the player but unaccepting of the play. Thats the way Hakeem Nicks blended two differing emotions in his message Sunday night to David Wilson. Nicks and the Giants know they cannot bury Wilson, the second-year running back, after a terrible NFL starting debut. Wilson fumbled the ball away on his first rushing attempt of the season just as he did as a rookie a year ago and was stripped of the ball in the third quarter in what became a recovery and 27-yard touchdown for safety Barry Church. They were some of the defining moments in the Giants 36-31 loss to the Cowboys. Keep his head up, been down that road before, get ready to come back and compete, Nicks said, relaying his words to Wilson, but letting him know at the same time we cant have that right now. Were on the big stage right now, our goals for this season, got to eliminate the turnovers. The big stage proved too big for Wilson and he was benched after his second fumble. Unlike last year, when Tom Coughlin opened the doors of his doghouse and made Wilson sit there for several games, the Giants this time around need Wilson too much to sit him. They have no other running back with his talent and, incredibly, even his limited experience. DaRel Scott replaced Wilson and, despite some positive moments, was involved in the fateful fourth-quarter play when he was not able to handle a screen pass from Eli Manning, the ball glancing off Scotts body and into the hands of cornerback Brandon Carr for the game-deciding interception and touchdown return. The only other running back on the active roster is a rookie, Michael Cox. Can the Giants continue to give the ball to Wilson with no one behind him as a proven alternative? Most likely, the Giants will sign a veteran running back early this week, as after the first game whatever contract they hand out is not guaranteed for the remainder of the season. They will also have to keep giving the ball to Wilson, their 2012 first-round pick, and hope he holds onto it. I think hes gonna have a big week next week, Nicks said, and bounce back from it.

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Steve Weatherford(@Weatherford5) June 11, 2013 Straight #scooping, son. So why was Nicks absent? Well he doesn’t really want to talk about it. “I’m here now and that’s all I’m going to talk about,” Nicks said . “I’m not really going to go back … it’s in the past already.” There’s been plenty of speculation, as CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora notes, that Nicks didn’t show up for the voluntary training session because of his contract status — the wideout is entering the final year of his deal. However, neither Nicks nor his agent, Peter Schaffer, have commented on whether or not Nick’s absence is contract related. Perhaps his absence was related to the injury he suffered last year? “That was definitely on my mind, but I can’t say that’s the reason,” Nicks said. It had to be a factor — Nicks broke his right foot at OTAs last year and as a result never really got back on track for the regular season.

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AP Photo/Seth Wenig Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell draws the task of preparing a scheme to slow down Peyton Manning. Fewell-injected defense: The last time Perry Fewell tried to slow down Peyton Manning, during a Giants-Colts meeting in 2010, the Giants defensive coordinator watched Eli’s big brother carve up his defense. Peyton Manning completed 20-of-26 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns in an Indianapolis victory. But Peyton Manning was masterful in orchestrating the Colts offense. Fewell dared the Colts to run, and Manning obliged, checking into several running plays as the Colts rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown. “We went in with the smaller lineup,” Fewell said. “And tried to say we were going to get pressure on you and do some things because you wont run the football, and he took advantage of that.

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The novelty has worn off on the Peyton vs. Eli storyline, especially if you’re Peyton or Eli. And really, while it’ll be somewhat interesting to see if the big brother can go three-for-three in head-to-head matchups with the younger one, this is still a lot more than just Peyton Manning vs. Eli Manning. It’s the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos , and there’s a lot on the line, especially for New York. Yes, a lot on the line in mid-September. Behind the eight ball already with a backfield controversy and an 0-1 record, some are already asking if this is a must-win game for the G-Men. I’m not buying that quite yet, because this is an inter-conference game. Those are the most acceptable losses on a team’s schedule. Also, the Giants have resolve and plenty of experience battling back. They started 0-2 in 2007 and went on to win the Super Bowl. Still, they’ve been at least 1-1 to kick off every year since and could really use a win against a top-quality opponent in their home opener.

As such, the real key matchup boils down to offensive coordinator Adam Gase versus defensive coordinator Perry Fewell . Can Gase keep Peyton upright and provide him the freedom to attack the Giants’ secondary consistently? Can Fewell design a scheme that keeps pressure on Manning and allows his linebackers and secondary to remain in good position? The Broncos can beat you with short and quick passes, as well as deep throws, so the challenge facing Fewell is complex. Time to get creative. BIG GAME ALERT Running back, Brandon Jacobs People are going to look at this and scratch their head. How could a guy who hasn’t played in a year, and will likely be the No.

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That makes sense as Paysinger is the one linebacker on th4e field for nearly every play. Could David Wilson’s fumbling issues be traced back to his days as a track star , which requires a different technique than running with a football? The Giants would be well-advised to win on Sunday. Since 1990 only 11.6 percent of teams who have started the season 0-2 have made the playoffs. Coach Tom Coughlin was obviously irate after watching his team commit six turnovers against the Dallas Cowboys. He told Giants.com that the post-game was “very difficult circumstances because, if Im about anything, its about the opposite of what you saw…. I was almost in a state of shock.” Denver cornerback Champ Bailey won’t play against the Giants.

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Titans at Texans: Chris Johnson and Co. caught the Steelers off guard in Week 1, but the Texans know their division foes well. Charles LeClaire/Christopher Hanewickel, USA TODAY Sports 13. Lions at Cardinals: Both Reggie Bush and Carson Palmer are looking to build on solid debuts with their new teams. Tim Fuller/Jeff Curry, USA TODAY Sports 12. Browns at Ravens: The AFC North foes are both hungry for a win after tough losses in Week 1. Ken Blaze/Chris Humphresy, USA TODAY Sports 11. Dolphins at Colts: Close wins might have sufficed in Week 1, but both Miami and Indianapolis will be looking for more this week. Ron Schwane/Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports 10. Jets at Patriots: A last-second win over the Bucs was a nice start for Gang Green, but a Thursday night matchup with Bill Belichick’s squad will be the team’s true test. Joe Camporeale/Kevin Hoffman, USA TODAY Sports 9. Cowboys at Chiefs: Dallas’ defense can’t count on forcing six turnovers again, but it will look to pressure Alex Smith early and often. Tim Heitman/Melina Vastola, USA TODAY Sports 8.

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to two touchdowns and three field goals (23 points). They werent to blame for the L. While both teams played sloppy ball, the Giants did their best on the offensive line to make sure Manning had no time to feel comfortable back there or get timing established with his receivers. Despite that, three of those wideouts had over 100 yards. Hakeem Nicks (114), Victor Cruz (118), and Rueben Randle (101) took over for a stagnant running game and managed to get open enough for their offensive captain. Easy E had three recorded interceptions, but only one was arguably his fault to Will Allen. On one, Will Beatty let DeMarcus Ware go inside, into the passing lane, and Eli subsequently dumped it off to No.

Denver Broncos vs. New York Giants: Preview and Prediction

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He felt pretty good last night, to be honest with you,” Coughlin said Monday. “He didn’t seem to have any repercussions, but he does need to go through the protocol.” Safety Ryan Mundy recorded the only interception of Tony Romo. It will be a long day for the Giants’ secondary if there’s no pressure up front. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul posted a sack against Dallas and both DE Justin Tuck and DT Linval Joseph combined for one. The Giants must find a way to slow down Denver’s receivers and tight end to have a shot at keeping this game close. OVERALL ANALYSIS Peyton Manning learn more is 2-0 against his brother and would like to have as many Super Bowl rings (2) as the younger sibling one day. That may happen months down the road, but the Broncos have to take it one step at a time. The offensive deluge Denver displayed in its season opener won’t happen this week because the Giants will not be embarrassed in their own building. The blueprint for beating Peyton Manning is consistent pressure and the Giants have the ability to do that, especially with the home crowd in their corner.

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“It’s something ridiculous,” said tight end Julius Thomas, on the receiving end of Manning’s first two TD throws. “I think a couple guys were joking, we were saying it’s like Madden – the only time you get to throw seven touchdowns.” Julius Thomas had 110 yards on five catches while Demaryius Thomas had 161 on five along with two scores. Denver did fumble three times, losing two, but its turnover problem paled in comparison to that of New York. Eli Manning threw three interceptions – one on a late potential go-ahead drive – and starting running back David Wilson lost two fumbles, one of which was returned for a touchdown, in the Giants’ 36-31 defeat at Dallas last Sunday night. New York turned it over six times in total. “David Wilson is a very talented young man, who we need to be productive,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “We have been down this road before. We can help him be a better ball carrier, a better secure ball carrier.” The team wasn’t taking any chances, bringing back longtime Giant Brandon Jacobs on Tuesday after he spent a season with San Francisco to provide depth and stability behind Wilson.

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The New York Giants running back, under fire since losing two fumbles in the team’s season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys, deemed it necessary to clarify his thoughts after sending out a fiery tweet Tuesday. In the tweet, Wilson said fans and fantasy players who criticized… Via GridironFans.com | 3 days ago David Wilson’s play is trying Tom Coughlin’s patience. But perhaps not as much as reporters who peppered the New York Giants coach with questions about the running back. Wednesday a visibly frustrated Coughlin wouldn’t commit to Wilson as the starter. “We’ll see,” Coughlin told reporters. “We need him. He has to overcome this… Via Thacover2 | 1 day ago David Wilson must have seen his career flash before his eyes, because he finally made that call.

Giants injury report: Baas up, Prince down

Starting cornerback Prince Amukamara , who suffered a concussion Sunday night in the season opener in Dallas, still was not cleared to practice Thursday and is in danger of missing Sunday’s home opener against the Denver Broncos . Giants coach Tom Coughlin said that, if Amukamara is able to practice Friday and gets a full day of work in, he’d likely be OK to play Sunday. But Amukamara still needs to follow the NFL’s concussion protocol and pass the appropriate tests before he’s allowed to practice and/or play. If Amukamara can’t go, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said, it “would be a really big blow” to a Giants’ defense that will need all the help it can get against Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ passing attack. Aaron Ross would likely take Amukamara’s place as the starting corner opposite Corey Webster , with Terrell Thomas manning the same slot cornerback role he played in Dallas and throughout the summer. As for the line, center David Baas was listed as a “limited” participant in practice, but he said his injured knee is feeling much better and that he’s planning to be able to play Sunday. “My plan is to be out there,” Baas said. “As long as everything keeps feeling good, I should be fine.” Baas sprained his knee in the preseason game against the Colts and hasn’t played since.

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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. The Hakeem Nicks Authentic Jersey 25-year-old Nicks is entering the final year of his contract, which will pay him $3.7 million in 2013. There is no doubt he would like a new deal and money equal to what the Giants will probably give Victor Cruz , who is a restricted free agent and not at the minicamp. Cruz is looking for $10 million annually.

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Donning a royal blue Giants uniform with a matching fitted cap facing straight and tilted to the side Nicks joked about bringing hat swag into the locker room this season. He also took a playful jab at his quarterback, Eli Manning, when asked if the two-time Super Bowl MVP would adopt said hat swag. Eli is not a hat guy, Nicks said. Fitted caps aside, Giants fans would rather see Nicks wearing a football helmet come Week 1. RELATED: MOORE PROVING WORTH THE RISK FOR GIANTS Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News Hakeem Nicks does what has seemingly become his new summer workout plan: ride a stationary bike on the sidelines while his teammates practiced on the field Although hes missed just nine games in four NFL seasons, Nicks has yet to play a full 16-game schedule since being drafted out of North Carolina by the Giants in the first round in 2009. Nicks missed only three games in 2012, but his receiving yards (692), touchdowns (3) and yards per catch (13.1) were all career lows in a season plagued by lingering injuries to his left knee and right foot. Nicks is entering the final year of his five-year, $12.5 million rookie deal and could hurt his chances of landing a big contract if his 2013 numbers dont significantly improve. Im amped up for a big season, said a smiling Nicks. The receiver acknowledged that some people outside the Giants organization and in the fantasy football world were doubting his ability to come back and regain his pre-2012 form, but thats why you play the game. Everybody isnt going to be on your side, Nicks said. But I feel like the team, coaching staff and the whole organization is behind me, so I can just go out there, play ball and have fun this season. Nicks, who was a starter for the Giants team that won Super Bowl XLVI, has 255 career receptions for 3,726 yards and 25 touchdowns.

“I can,” Nicks said. “But I can’t talk about it. I got to go out and do it.” “I felt real good,” he added of his first few practices in camp before injuring his groin. “Honestly, I felt like I had my burst again, I felt like I was in and out of my breaks. I felt my timing was back with Eli the way it normally was.” Nicks isn’t sure if he will play in Saturday’s preseason opener at Pittsburgh. He said coach Tom Coughlin and the trainers will factor into the decision. Nicks knows some might be frustrated by the cautious approach this offseason. “I know the situation,” he explained. “I am the one wearing these shoes. So to all the fans, it is not about me being lazy or anything like that.

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Dirt says: September 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM What about keeping Brown on the active roster and cutting Diehl? The Calgary Stampeders wouldnt even sign Diehl. Hed be sitting on his couch no doubt. demo3356 says: September 11, 2013 at 6:43 PM Goat- not sure why you keep pushing this, it is an awful idea. No way ou waste something as valuable as temp P and a backup like Deihl. Brown is much more important than Deihl to this offense. Brown also is recovering from the 2nd broken leg on the same leg in ten months it would be asinine to rush him back a week or two early. 8 weeks is a good time and the extra week for the bye week is gravy. GOAT56 September 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM Demo look around the NFL and see how the temp IR is being used. The point isnt to use it for a great player the point is to use for someone you know will be on your roster.

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“We’re always talking,” Reese told USA TODAY Sports. “The most important thing for him is to come out and play great and the contract will take care of itself. We get contracts done when we can. But more importantly, he is trying to be smart about where he is physically.” Reese was asked if the Giants intend to lock up quarterback Eli Manning’s top down-field target for the long haul, a la Cruz or will they use the franchise tag? “We’ll see,” Reese said. “You always want your good players for a long time. Sometimes you can and sometimes you can’t do that. We’re hoping for the best.” Nicks had a monstrous postseason in 2011, with a club-record 28 catches, including four touchdowns, during the Giants’ run to their Super Bowl XLVI title. “Hakeem loves the big games,” Reese said. “When the lights come on, you can see the look in his eyes. He’s one of the most competitive guys I’ve been around.

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Can Nicks keep producing at a high level? Indications are yes. The Star-Ledger notes Nicks displayed ” a gear we had not seen all preseason ” against the Cowboys and showed why he’s a “special wide receiver” in beating Morris Claiborne for a 57-yard gain. Nicks averaged 12.4 yards after the catch, fourth-most in the league, and forced one missed tackle. Consider Nicks, who tied Victor Cruz with eight targets, a nice WR2 play against the Broncos in Week 2. Hakeem Nicks cracks century mark in opener by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com wide receiver Hakeem Nicks had just one 100-yard game last season.

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Hakeem Nicks made it back for Giants minicamp on Tuesday. (USATSI)

However, Nicks’ agent Peter Schaffer strongly denied that the wide receiver missed the practice because of contractual reasons. Schaffer said only he and Nicks were fully aware of the reason for the player’s absence and was unwilling to further discuss. 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.

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“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. “I’ll be out there as soon as they let me,” he said. “I think in another day or two.” Tom Coughlin put a more specific date on the return. He said the doctors believe Nicks will be back on the field Tuesday, after the team’s next day off. “I think it will be a matter of making sure that I’m in shape, of which I have no doubt, and getting back into the flow of things,” Nicks said. “Me and Eli are always on the same page.

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I was taking whatever I could get and trying to be somewhat the best player I could be dealing with those injuries. But thats in the past now. This is a new year. Not going to dwell on that no more and its time to go. The season starts now. And Nicks is excited about it. No more being careful with injuries or taking it easy in practices. He wasnt even on the teams injury report today. Its gametime now, he said. Were opening the season up now.

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Steve Weatherford(@Weatherford5) June 11, 2013 Straight #scooping, son. So why was Nicks absent? Well he doesn’t really want to talk about it. “I’m here now and that’s all I’m going to talk about,” Nicks said . “I’m not really going to go back … it’s in the past already.” There’s been plenty of speculation, as CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora notes, that Nicks didn’t show up for the voluntary training session because of his contract status — the wideout is entering the final year of his deal. However, neither Nicks nor his agent, Peter Schaffer, have commented on whether or not Nick’s absence is contract related. Perhaps his absence was related to the injury he suffered last year? “That was definitely on my mind, but I can’t say that’s the reason,” Nicks said. It had to be a factor — Nicks broke his right foot at OTAs last year and as a result never really got back on track for the regular season.

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SMITH Giants take notice of Eagles super-fast offense Supportive of the player but unaccepting of the play. Thats the way Hakeem Nicks blended two differing emotions in his message Sunday night to David Wilson. Nicks and the Giants know they cannot bury Wilson, the second-year running back, after a terrible NFL starting debut. Wilson fumbled the ball away on his first rushing attempt of the season just as he did as a rookie a year ago and was stripped of the ball in the third quarter in what became a recovery and 27-yard touchdown for safety Barry Church. They were some of the defining moments in the Giants 36-31 loss to the Cowboys. Keep his head up, been down that road before, get ready to come back and compete, Nicks said, relaying his words to Wilson, but letting him know at the same time we cant have that right now. Were on the big stage right now, our goals for this season, got to eliminate the turnovers. The big stage proved too big for Wilson and he was benched after his second fumble. Unlike last year, when Tom Coughlin opened the doors of his doghouse and made Wilson sit there for several games, the Giants this time around need Wilson too much to sit him. They have no other running back with his talent and, incredibly, even his limited experience. DaRel Scott replaced Wilson and, despite some positive moments, was involved in the fateful fourth-quarter play when he was not able to handle a screen pass from Eli Manning, the ball glancing off Scotts body and into the hands of cornerback Brandon Carr for the game-deciding interception and touchdown return. The only other running back on the active roster is a rookie, Michael Cox. Can the Giants continue to give the ball to Wilson with no one behind him as a proven alternative? Most likely, the Giants will sign a veteran running back early this week, as after the first game whatever contract they hand out is not guaranteed for the remainder of the season. They will also have to keep giving the ball to Wilson, their 2012 first-round pick, and hope he holds onto it.

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No NFL team has successfully maneuvered this tightrope before, hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in the same year it hosted the Super Bowl. Its too easy to lose focus, too easy to forget about the game at hand. Thats exactly what Romo warned the Giants about on Wednesday, when he said that if youre already thinking about January or February right now, youre probably not doing what you need to do for September. Romo spoke from experience; three seasons ago, when The Big Game was played in The House that Jerry Built, Romos Cowboys lost seven of their first eight games, limping to a playoff-less 6-10 record. Thats a Cowboy speaking, of course, so the Giants dont care. And theyre not worried in 2013, not with plenty of veterans who can recall the Super Bowl run of 2011, said Nicks. And not with Tom Coughlin at the helm. Its tough, Victor Cruz admitted. But I think it comes down to ourselves and Coach (Tom) Coughlin.

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Snee said hes been impressed with how the rookie has gone about his business of being a professional football player and believes there should be no reason for the Giants offense to scale things back just because Pugh has never taken a NFL regular season snap before. Its full steam ahead, he said. Im excited for Justin to make his first start. First game of the year at Dallaswhats there to not be excited about? Ronald Martinez/Getty Images Pro Bowl defensive end DeMarcus Ware figures to line up across from Justin Pugh on Sunday when the rookie makes his NFL debut. Speaking of Dallas, Pugh probably couldnt ask for a tougher assignment this week, as hell likely see Cowboys all-Pro defensive end DeMarcus Ware at some point in the game. If Pugh is the least bit nervous about potentially lining up across from Ware, he did a good job of hiding it. Im going to go out there and whoever I go up against, Im going to go out there and compete, he said. I cant hope that they dont line him on my side. Getting into that is just a sticky situation, so Im going to go out there and play whoever they line up against me. Pugh obviously cant predict the outcome of the game, but he ishoping that this week will be the first step toward him earning the respect from his teammates.

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Backup DE Ben Bass is also out after suffering a dislocated shoulder Thursday. KEY MATCHUP Giants WR Victor Cruz vs. Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick Cruz is the best option, attacking the in-between zones against the Tampa 2 scheme of new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and Scandrick, as the nickel corner, will pick him up in the slot with help over the top. While Scandrick is above average in coverage, hes a poor tackler and Cruz will have the chance to pick up yards after the catch. Eli Manning has a knack for exposing the Cowboys secondary. SCOUT SAYS RELATED: SCOUTING THE GIANTS: BIG BLUE LOOKS FOR SUPER WIN IN OWN BUILDING The Giants are going to need a good effort out of (David) Wilson. If he isnt effective running the ball, Kiffin can keep more people in coverage, forcing Eli to be patient. They are going to dare the Giants to run it and Wilson, with his flat-out speed, will have the chance to break things at the second level.

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Often the Giants will bring in a third safety in these situations to cover Witten, but also have good roamers. With only three safeties on the roster, however, this would be a dangerous move. The three-safety approach fits best from a scheme perspective as Rolle and Mundy are both comfortable playing close to the line and in the box. However, it is a risky proposition and it requires Cooper Taylor to play a lot, something the Giants probably are not comfortable with. The other clear option is having a linebacker guard Witten, but none of the Giants starting linebackers excel at guarding tight ends, especially not All-Pro ones like Witten. Keith Rivers is the strong-side linebacker, and whether in man or zone, he will probably deal with Witten a lot. Rivers moves relatively well, but is not as good in coverage as someone like Michael Boley, who played with the Giants last year. Witten burned Boley and every other Giants linebacker last year, and now has an even worse player lined up across from him.

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The right-hander suffered the injury when he was hit by a line drive in a 10-5 loss to Pittsburgh on Aug. 22. “We were fortunate there was no fracture and so was he,” manager Bruce Bochy said after that game. “That ball was smoked. It caught him flush.” Cain is 4-0 with a 2.57 ERA in his last seven starts against Arizona, losers in six of nine, and 3-0 with a 2.42 ERA in his last four home matchups. He gave up two runs over five innings in his most recent meeting with the Diamondbacks, a 4-3 victory at AT&T Park on July 20. Arizona (71-69) is hitting .235 in its last nine games — 23 points lower than its season average — and has produced 20 runs. The Diamondbacks have scored 18 runs in their past nine contests against San Francisco while batting .227.

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The D’backs, though, have lost six of their last nine games and were shut down completely in Friday’s 3-0 loss. Patrick Corbin pitched well in the loss and went eight innings, allowing all three runs and eight hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Chavez broke up Petit’s perfect game with his big hit in the ninth. “We made a lot of quick out and had a lot of ground balls. I have to tip my cap to him (Petit), he pitched a great game. We couldn’t solve him once again,” D’backs manager Kirk Gibson said. Brandon McCarthy draws the start for Gibson’s club Saturday and has lost six of his last seven starts. McCarthy previously took the mound in Monday’s 4-1 loss to Toronto and yielded all four runs in nine innings of work. The right- hander is now 3-9 in 17 starts with a 4.94 ERA.

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Cowboys place defensive lineman Ben Bass on injured reserve. He joins DE Anthony Spencer (knee) has been out since July and star DT Jay Ratliff (hamstring) is on the reserve/PUP list. AROUND THE LEAGUE: San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh continued his attack on the league’s ruling regarding the read-option offense , calling them “flawed and a bit biased.” The topic became a hot-button issue when Packers LB Clay Matthews recently said the Packers will be looking to hit 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick when the teams meet in a playoff rematch Sunday. In that playoff game, Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards. Ouch! Here’s your latest Tim Tebow fix. The throwing-challenged quarterback has turned down an offer from an unnamed NFL team to switch positions. Also, he has said no to invitations from the CFL and USA Rugby. We’d like to know what film of himself is Tebow watching?

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Three road games in the month and they’ll lose the first one. Ian O’Connor GIANTS 31, COWBOYS 28 Manning is better than Tony Romo , and the Giants feel comfortable inside the monument Jerry Jones built to himself. Ohm Youngmisuk GIANTS 34, COWBOYS 31 The Giants are banged up and coming off a shaky preseason, but they typically find a way to score and win in Jerry World. Kieran Darcy COWBOYS 27, GIANTS 24 The G-Men have plenty of firepower on offense but aren’t clicking on all cylinders yet, as evidenced by the preseason. Stephen A. Smith COWBOYS 31, GIANTS 30 It’s sickening to pick the Cowboys for anything, but defense is a concern with Big Blue, along with their running game and the health of Hakeem Nicks . Ryan Ruocco GIANTS 31, COWBOYS 30 Nicks will look fully recovered and have a big opening week. Look for David Wilson to break a couple of big plays as well.