With Hakeem Nicks' Ankle Injury, Does Ramses Barden Get a Chance?

Doug Rush@Doug_RushSenior Analyst ISeptember 14, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Hakeem Nicks #88 of the New York Giants is tackled by London Fletcher #59 of the Washington Redskins on September 13, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

According to the New York Daily News, Giants rookie wide receiver Hakeem Nicks only suffered a mild sprain of the ankle in Sunday's game against the Redskins.

Nicks was carted off yesterday, then came back onto the field on crutches, but the sprain is much better news than if it were a fracture or break.

Because of the injury, Nicks will miss approximately 2-3 weeks, which means Nicks will not be playing in Week 2 against the Cowboys.

The Giants were looking to mix Nicks in with their depth of wide receivers in the offensive passing game yesterday and Nicks started to get his feet wet in a real NFL game, catching two passes for 18 yards before getting hurt.

Here is the question for Week 2: does the other Giants rookie, Ramses Barden, get his chance to play against Dallas?

The Giants and Eli Manning threw to seven different players on Sunday; Steve Smith caught six passes for 80 yards, Kevin Boss caught three passes for 62 yards, Mario Manningham caught three passes for 58 yards and caught a touchdown, Nicks caught two passes for 18 yards, Brandon Jacobs caught two passes for 17 yards, Ahmad Bradshaw caught three passes for 11 yards and Domenik Hixon caught one pass for 10 yards.

Manning distributed the ball very well and moved down the field on Sunday. But now, Nicks is out of the receiver mix, and it leaves a spot open for Sunday night's game.

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There were two receivers who did not factor into Sunday's game against Washington; Barden and Sinorice Moss.

On one side, Tom Coughlin and Kevin Gilbride could decide to use Moss in the offense against the Cowboys and see if Moss can be the speedy deep threat they hoped for when they drafted him in 2006.

On the other side, the Giants could decide to put Barden in the offense and attempt use his size advantage.

Barden is a 6'6", 227-pound rookie from Cal Poly and he was used a little in the pre-season by the Giants, but pre-season games mean nothing. Production needs to come from the regular season games.

For Giants fans, you have to like the way Manning is now trying to use Bradshaw and Jacobs a little more in the passing game, but those guys are the premier running backs and their jobs are to run the ball first.

The Giants fans also have to like how Manning got a lot of different people involved. Smith was very critical on 3rd downs and caught huge passes. Boss made very good catches down field. Manningham looked very explosive and could be another great target to throw to.

The Giants coaching staff has a big decision to make before next Sunday; do they include Moss into the offense, or do they try out their other rookie wide receiver and hope he will cause mismatches down field and in the red zone against defensive backs.