Most veterans want to avoid the final preseason game, and especially contact if they can’t get out of suiting up.
Not Hakeem Nicks.
The Giants wide receiver said he pulled up a bit coming across the middle after his first catch, knowing the hit was coming.
“I kind of wanted to absorb the hit a little bit and get my body back into it,” Nicks said after his preseason debut Wednesday, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “That’s what I needed to get ready for next week.”
That single 6-yard catch and the hits that ensued convinced him he was ready to go, in his first action since breaking his foot this spring.
“It wasn’t a lot, but it was enough to give me an idea of where I was at,” Nicks said. “That was good enough. That’s why I didn’t go right down. I kind of just wanted to see where I was at with everything.
“It was all good.”
Nicks has been practicing a few weeks, but said it was important to get into a game, if only for a short time. The fact he took a hit convinced the Giants to get him out of there, even as starting quarterback Eli Manning stayed in the game.
“We got him on the field,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said of Nicks. “That was the objective. Hopefully he got a chance to get knocked around. He did on the one catch. He got knocked around pretty good.”
Good enough that they didn’t need to see their No. 1 receiver take any more hits.