What if Giants WR Hakeem Nicks Can’t Play Sunday?

September 17, 2010

NEW YORK – Somebody needs to ask this question, so it might as well be me. What will the New York Giants wide receiver depth chart look like on Sunday night, if star WR Hakeem Nicks in unable to play due to his ankle injury?

I don’t want to jinx the situation by asking this but I would like to know who you think gets the top three spots? There are a few different scenarios and yes, some of them include preseason stud WR Victor Cruz.

Is it disrespectful to the guys who have been on the team for a longer amount of time, to throw Cruz in on a few plays? I don’t think so. I’m positive the coaches must be salivating to see what he can do when the game is real. Perhaps, this weekend the fans will have an opportunity to see just that. I will take it a step further and say that I think the team needs to do that.

There is no question that WR Steve Smith and WR Mario Manningham will be two of the three starters. The question really resides in the third WR slot. Who do you think will start or do you think they will use a rotation for this game? Those players who fans might see on Sunday include WR Ramses Barden, WR Victor Cruz, WR Duke Calhoun. There are some WR’s on the IR list already, like WR Domenik Hixon and WR Sinorice Moss. It seems a lot thinner now doesn’t it, without Nicks in the equation.

QB Eli Manning has been watching some of his favorite targets go down with injuries. Even Manning himself, cut his head open during a preseason game that required stitches. Manning has lost WR Hixon and WR Moss for the entire season and now he has TE Kevin Boss and WR Nicks banged up for an important game. TE Travis Beckum will get the start and TE Bear Pascoe was activated from the practice squad this week, to serve as a backup. I still think that Eli Manning will be in a shoot out with older brother Peyton on Sunday night. How sweet would it be, if WR Victor Cruz got his first NFL TD, as the game winner versus the Colts. So many possibilities floating out there and the single certainty, that the entire nation will be watching Manning Bowl II on Sunday night.

My picks for the three starters, if WR Hakeem Nicks is ruled out for the Colts game.

1. Steve Smith

2. Mario Manningham

3. Victor Cruz

Do you think that WR Hakeem Nicks (3 TD’s in week one) will play in the Colts game Sunday night?

RD – nygreporter.com

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New York Giants Make Roster Moves 8/31/10

August 31, 2010

NEW YORK – Hello Giants Fans, the team began the process of trimming their roster down on Tuesday by making some moves. Some of them are a bit surprising to me and other Giants fans but we will need to have faith in the front office and trust that they know what they are doing. The Giants got down to the 75 player limit by making these moves and have until this Saturday by 6 PM to cut down to the league limit of 53 players.

The G-men placed three players on season ending IR today. Those players include QB Jim Sorgi (shoulder), who was brought in to be QB Eli Manning’s backup once QB David Carr bolted the team in search of a starting role elsewhere. WR Sinorice Moss (hernia) was placed on IR and this might be the most suspicious move of them all. Moss is a heck of a guy, let me make that perfectly clear but his on field production just has not been there since he arrived in New York. How he continues to be on the team is nothing short of a miracle at this point. Finally, the last player to be placed on IR is rookie LB Adrian Tracy (elbow). Both Moss and Tracy have already had surgeries and will be on the road to recovery over the course of the 2010 season.

The final two moves involved the G-Men cutting rookie WR Nyan Boateng and placing OL Kevin Boothe on the PUP list. Boothe should be able to return by week six if everything turns out to be fine with his injury (torn pec). It will be interesting to see who makes the final roster come Saturday. One thing is for sure, the fans will go atomic if rookie WR Victor Cruz does not make the final cut. The Giants play their final preseason game this Thursday at 7 PM EST against the Patriots in New Meadowlands stadium.

Are you starting to get concerned about all of the injuries plaguing Big Blue so early on in the 2010 NFL season?

RD – nygreporter.com

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The New York Giants Preseason Begins Tonight

August 16, 2010

Hello Giants Fans,

The moment has finally arrived for the starving football fans. The Giants first preseason game will be played tonight in a brand new stadium against their inter-state rival, the Jets. Yes, I know the Hall of Fame game was played last Sunday and that there have been a lot of other preseason games that have been played throughout the week but we’re talking about New York Giants football here. We are roughly three hours away from kick off and officially starting the 2010 NFL season. Some people say that the season doesn’t start until the first regular season game but that is not how it was in my house. To me, the season begins tonight because the hits start tonight.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s article (Monday Night Football: The Battle for New York), I really enjoy the preseason games because I love to see the young players get on the field and fight for a starting role. Die hard fans spend the off season reading about and researching these players and once you have all of your homework on paper completed, the only thing left is to see them actually play. But seeing all of the player stats on paper doesn’t compare to seeing them on the field.

I also expect the stadium itself to receive a ton of coverage tonight. You don’t build a billion dollar plus stadium and not have a coming out party. I’m sure there will be plenty of “transition” material that will be worked in between commercials and the game itself.

One aspect of the stadium I found to be very cool is the lighting system. Someone had the terrific idea of using blue and green lighting to identify the home team instead of using paint. The lighting will be blue for the G-Men and green for the Jets. There is some concern surrounding the field turf. There were reports of players complaining about the turf after Giants WR Domenik Hixon went down with a season ending injury during minicamp. Apparently, there were some adjustments made to the turf and everything should be fine now.

Be sure to come back tomorrow and check out our analysis and enjoy the game!

Who is the King of New York football? The Giants or the Jets?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Giants Sign Safety John Busing, Jones Clears Waivers

July 31, 2010

The New York Giants have signed safety John Busing, adding some help to their depleted safety group. This is a smart move on the Giants part and I like to see a backup DB or WR, who can also contribute on special teams, which I imagine Busing will be used for quite a bit. Busing (6’2″ 220 pounds) is a four year NFL veteran who has played for the Houston Texans and the Cincinnati Bengals. Reports say that the Giants brought him to the minicamp back in May, so they must have been looking ahead by working him out. He played college ball at Miami, Ohio and now has a shot at a permanent roster spot.

There is no denying the fact that the Antrel Rolle signing was huge. If it wasn’t clear to some of the fans back then, it should be now. The Giants have recently announced that Kenny Phillips will not be able to start practice (PUP list) and we know that rookie safety Chad Jones will be out for the year after his car accident. Giants GM Jerry Reese is clearly determined not to allow teams to pass against them, the way they did in 2009. He is giving new DC Perry Fewell the tools he needs to get the job done.

Rookie safety Chad Jones cleared waivers and will be put on the Giants Non-Football injury list. This is good news because Jones was highly regarded coming out of college. He is a very heavy hitter and someone the G-Men thought would compliment Antrel Rolle nicely, if Phillips could not make it this year. It just so happens, that neither Phillips or Jones will be available. This should be the last we hear about the safety position until Kenny Phillips is healthy enough for a full return to the game.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul has the only remaining roster spot available, as the Big Blue roster is currently at seventy nine players. Everyone expects JPP to sign sometime tonight before training camp starts tomorrow morning. Stay tuned!

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