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Hakeem Nicks says his knee is fine and stats are for girls

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One of the reasons cited for the recent downturn in the Giants passing game is the play of wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.

He had one monster game this season — 10 catches for 199 yards against the Buccaneers in Week Two — but has been held to 17 catches for 191 yards over his other five games. Nicks missed three games thanks to a knee injury earlier this season and some have connected the dots between that injuries and Nicks’ inability to find much separation from defenders in the last few weeks.

Nicks sat out Wednesday’s practice with swelling in the knee, raising the possibility that the Giants would sit him down this week and then use next week’s bye in order to get him ready to go for the final six games of the season. Nicks returned to practice on Thursday, though, and said that no one contemplated the more cautious approach.

“Yesterday was just taking a day off,” Nicks said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “It was still a little swollen, a little puffy from the game like it always is after the game. This time it was just a little bit more puffy, so they wanted to sit me down for a day, and I got back out there today and everything was fine.”

We gave you some of Nicks’ stats up top, numbers that don’t interest Nicks in the least. He said Thursday that “stats is for girls,” which seems to have rubbed someone in the Giants organization the wrong way since a team spokesman felt it necessary to clarify that Nicks meant that stats were only important to players who were trying to impress girls.

However he might feel about the demon numbers, the Giants could use a day from Nicks that drives the ladies wild so they can head into the bye with a 7-3 record.

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17 Responses to “Hakeem Nicks says his knee is fine and stats are for girls”
  1. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Nov 8, 2012 4:35 PM

    That’s odd, because whenever I start spouting football statistics to my wife, she doesn’t look that impressed.

  2. zaggs says: Nov 8, 2012 4:36 PM

    He can say what he wants, but his burst is MIA.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 8, 2012 4:42 PM

    Nicks ha. If there is ever a secondary that he should have a big day, it is the Bengals.

  4. sicklife1 says: Nov 8, 2012 4:42 PM

    There’s definitely something wrong with Nicks. When Eli is throwing fade routes to Ruben Randle & not Hakeem, there is an issue. Also, no offense to that Lewis kid from the Steelers, but he looked liked the 2nd coming of Champ Bailey in that game against Nicks. When he’s healthy, he abuses CB’s like that for breakfast…

    Also, I think a lot of the Giant’s red zone woes directly correlate to Nick’s injury. He’s always been Eli’s security blanket in the corner of the end zone. I haven’t seen one fade pass throw to him this year, which is frightening.

    I”m a big fan of Cruz as well, but he’s more suited for an open field rather than a restricted field like inside the 20. Hopefully Nicks will get healthy soon, or we should sit him & let him rest.

  5. szwhtsup123 says: Nov 8, 2012 4:55 PM

    I would hope a professional athelete wouldn’t need to resort to statistics to pick up chicks. Like they would know what the hell you were talking about anyway. Either way, Go Nicks, Go GMEN!

  6. wardawg42 says: Nov 8, 2012 4:58 PM

    Keyshawn Johnson never had stats either. Thats why he won’t be wearing a yellow jacket, doesn’t play anymore, and no one listens to him when he talks.

    But I hope Hakeems okay. Poor guys a walking Infirmary.

  7. Steeley McBeam says: Nov 8, 2012 5:00 PM

    sicklife1 says:

    Also, no offense to that Lewis kid from the Steelers, but he looked liked the 2nd coming of Champ Bailey in that game against Nicks.

    Keenan Lewis IS the second coming of Champ Bailey. Nicks is obviously fine Keenan just strapped him all game long. People wonder why Steelers pass D is ranked #1? Look no further than #23.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 8, 2012 5:07 PM

    Lewis ain’t that good. He certainly has enough bluster to be good, but Eli had Nicks for an easy TD when he threw a fade to Randle of all people. Nicks had him boxed out.

  9. sicklife1 says: Nov 8, 2012 5:10 PM

    sicklife1 says:

    Also, no offense to that Lewis kid from the Steelers, but he looked liked the 2nd coming of Champ Bailey in that game against Nicks.

    Keenan Lewis IS the second coming of Champ Bailey. Nicks is obviously fine Keenan just strapped him all game long. People wonder why Steelers pass D is ranked #1? Look no further than #23.

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    Come on Steely….you probably didn’t even know his name before that game. Man, did he look good though.

  10. thejohnsmith1122 says: Nov 8, 2012 5:19 PM

    Yes, stats are for girls until it’s your contract year and you want big $$. It’s not about what you did for me 3 years ago, it’s all about what you did for me recently…or in the NFL, last season.

  11. sweetzinger says: Nov 8, 2012 5:19 PM

    I’m pretty sure he’s referring to “bust-waist-hips”.

    Like 36C-26-35.

    Get it?

  12. blackandbluedivision says: Nov 8, 2012 5:21 PM

    samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says:
    Nov 8, 2012 4:35 PM
    That’s odd, because whenever I start spouting football statistics to my wife, she doesn’t look that impressed.
    _______________________

    That’s because they’re Viking stats. No one is impressed by that.

  13. ihcone says: Nov 8, 2012 5:40 PM

    Stats ARE for girls, as well as engineering, physics, geometry and calculus. That’s why you see a continuously smaller number of men entering college and a greater number of women as college graduates.

  14. profootballwalk says: Nov 8, 2012 5:45 PM

    What he meant was, he keeps stats on the girls he meets on the road, and they stuff they do for him.

  15. pgh15212 says: Nov 8, 2012 6:48 PM

    …and pro bowls, huge contracts and the hall of fame.

  16. victorycruz says: Nov 8, 2012 11:51 PM

    Um I guess “girls” are the only one’s playing fantasy football now a days?? As a Giants fan that was one of the dumbest things he’s ever said. He should stop doing interviews cause nothing he ever says is intelligent.

  17. titogetmesometissue says: Nov 9, 2012 1:07 PM

    samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says:Nov 8, 2012 4:35 PM

    That’s odd, because whenever I start spouting football statistics to my wife, she doesn’t look that impressed.

    ——

    Wow, you’re married? Didn’t see that coming…

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