While hundreds of starters across the NFL sit out this final week of the preseason, Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is preparing to get on the field.
Nicks, who has been sidelined all preseason with a broken foot, has been lobbying to play in Wednesday night’s preseason finale against the Patriots, and he told reporters that the lobbying has paid off.
“Good to know I’ll be going against some live action knowing someone’s going to be hitting me after I hit the ball, get my feet wet a little bit before this first opening game,’’ Nicks said. “That’s what I look forward to, getting some live snaps, hopefully getting a couple of routine routes down with Eli [Manning].’’
Nicks said it’s ultimately up to the Giants’ coaching staff, but his understanding is he’ll be on the field.
“I was told I’m going to take some snaps,” Nicks said. “If they decide to change that, I’m sure they’ll let me know. Whatever decision they make, I’ll roll with it. . . . I’ve got fresh legs. I feel like I can just run. I think it will help me later in the season.”
We’ll see how fast those fresh legs can move on Wednesday night. And a week later, those fresh legs will be moving against the Cowboys, in a game that counts.