If you’re an NFL wide receiver, you don’t want to break your foot. For Giants Super Bowl hero Hakeem Nicks, a broken foot means being out for six to 12 weeks. That also means missing training camp.
According to Nicks, he thinks he’ll be back in time. However, team spokesperson Pat Hanlon told ESPN that Nicks is “overly optimistic.”
Regardless, someone on the current roster has an opportunity to step up. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, who almost never heaps praise on rookies, said recently he was very impressed with rookie Rueben Randle. Conversely, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said Randle “has a long way to go.” The salsa man himself, Victor Cruz, said that Randle “knows what he’s doing.”
2009 third-round pick Ramses Barden and second-year player Jerrel Jernigan are also in the fight to get playing time as the Giants third wide receiver during Nicks' absence.
It should be an interesting battle come training camp.