Hakeem Nicks: Giants WR's Improving Health Will Spell Trouble For Opponents

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIOctober 25, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14:  Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants waits for the game to start against the San Francisco 49ers on October 14, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  The Giants won 26-3. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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When Hakeem Nicks is 100 percent, he's one of the top 10 receivers in the NFL.

His strength and hands make him a formidable threat as a receiver—even with a couple bad wheels. With the condition of his left knee and right foot improving, per NorthJersey.com, he should have the full complement of his gifts shortly.

That will make the New York Giants' offense even more dangerous than it already is. The team is currently ranked third in the NFL in passing. Nicks' injury has allowed the Giants' other receivers like Domenik Hixon to flourish. This dynamic has been good for the overall development of the team's offense.

Playing at less than full capacity, Nicks has accumulated 22 receptions for 334 yards and a touchdown. 

That would be a solid four games of work for most receivers in the NFL, but for Nicks there is room for improvement. He's had 75+ receptions and over 1,000 yards receiving in his last two seasons.

He and Victor Cruz proved what type of duo they could be during last season's playoff run. The two nearly took turns recording 100-yard receiving games against the Giants' four postseason opponents.

Having both men on the field and healthy makes for one of the NFL's best receiving tandems. Getting Nicks back at full strength couldn't come at a better time. The Giants are heading into a very important division matchup with the rival Dallas Cowboys.

The team began the season 0-2 in the division before they eeked out a win at home against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. They would love to move to 2-2 in the NFC East, and to take a 2.5 game lead over the Cowboys in the division.

Look for Nicks to play a huge role in this game and for the rest of the season—as long as his health permits.


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