Hakeem Nicks: Why Giants WR Will Rebound in Week 7

Ryan DavenportContributor IOctober 20, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 16:   Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants runs from  Ahmad Black #43 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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When healthy, there's no questioning Hakeem Nicks' place among the best wide receivers in pro football.

Unfortunately for the Giants, Nicks has struggled with foot and knee injuries all season, and he's played in just three games heading into New York's game against the Redskins on Sunday.

However, on Friday, CBS Sports reported good news from the practice field:

It was the first time this season Nicks has been active the entire practice week as lingering foot and knee problems have limited him to just three games. "I feel like practicing on it is the start to breaking it back in and getting better. I took that approach this week and got the green light to do it; it’s definitely been getting better," he said.

That is an overwhelmingly positive sign for the Giants, as Nicks hasn't been healthy enough to be an impact player for the vast majority of the 2012 season.

Thus far, of the three games Nicks has taken the field for, he only appeared in top form for New York's Week 2 matchup against Tampa Bay. And in that game, the results were spectacular: Nicks hauled in 10 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown.

Now, with Nicks saying he's feeling better than he has all year, the former UNC star looks poised to have a big day against the Redskins, who have allowed an average of 328.8 passing yards a game—good for last among all NFL teams.

Given Washington's inability to defend the pass, the Redskins are the ideal opponent for Nicks' return to form. The 24-year-old should have a big game on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

With Victor Cruz on the field to take attention away from Nicks, Eli Manning will rip the 'Skins defense apart. And Nicks will put up big numbers in the game, reestablishing himself among the most dominant offensive players in the game.