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Hakeem Nicks's struggles against the St. Louis Rams on Monday night, were more a reflection of the Giants' offense as a whole, opposed to any lingering effects of his injury.
Nicks finished the game with three receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown. However, he proved how troublesome he is to man up to, as his touchdown came in a one to one situation in the end zone, while he also drew a big pass interference penalty leading up to that touchdown.
The third year receiver is among the most talented in the league, while he is not overwhelmingly tall, standing at 6'1", his wingspan is incredible. Lining up against Nnamdi Asomugha will be enthralling for this very reason.
Asomugha's wingspan is also huge. Watching the pair fight for the football will be interesting as Nicks can snatch the ball from almost any position.
There is little doubt that the Giants will throw at Asomugha. The St. Louis Rams showed, against the Eagles, that challenging Asomugha isn't always a bad idea. Asomugha didn't look to have lost a step last week, as he had a strong showing against the Atlanta Falcons.
The truth is that he may have done. Brandon Gibson caused him problems in the team's opener. Considering that Asomugha hasn't been thrown at much over the past three seasons, and the fact that many teams simply never looked his way, may have masked a drop off in his abilities.
It may sound crazy but he is 30 years of age now.