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Nicks knows Atlanta WRs have more stats, fewer rings

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Barring a really unforseen circumstance, Giants wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz won’t be on the field at the same time as Atlanta’s Julio Jones and Roddy White.

That doesn’t mean they won’t be competing.

White said earlier this year on NFL Network that he and Jones were “a better group” than the Giants wideouts, and numbers bear him out.

Except for that one number.

“Numbers don’t lie, or Super Bowl rings don’t lie, neither,” Nicks said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “So when you get (into) that battle about who’s the best, I think you just let your play on the field talk for you. You ain’t got to be talking with your mouth.”

A novel concept, for sure.

Simple stats point to the Falcons pair, which has combined for 140 catches this year. That trails only New England’s Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd (152) and Indianapolis’ Reggie Wayne and Donnie Avery (146).

Then comes Denver’s Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker (138) and Dallas’ Dez Bryant and Miles Austin (130).

Nicks and Cruz have 126, a number that would likely be much higher if Nicks hadn’t missed time and been slowed by knee and foot injuries.

“We (aren’t) going to get into that battle, that argument of who’s the best, who’s better, because that’s not what it’s about,” Nicks said. “It’s going out there and playing team ball, and who’s going to win. . . .

“Yeah, but it’s always a would have, and should have, and could have, in every situation. It’s just the way the hand was dealt to me this year. Y’all know me, I don’t make excuses. So I’m going to keep working hard and keep grinding, and it’s about how you finish. We all know that.”

Credit Nicks for not getting drawn into a silly comparison that doesn’t have anything to do with the game, and realizing that their stats only matter within the context of team success.

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13 Responses to “Nicks knows Atlanta WRs have more stats, fewer rings”
  1. jbl429 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:33 AM

    Nicks has always had a level head on his shoulders. The numbers don’t work in his favor this year, but he’s been at half speed all season, and he’s doing pretty well despite the injuries. If he can continue to get healthier as the season winds down, it’ll only make the Giants offense better.

  2. kane337 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:40 AM

    The Giants have those rings primarily due to their defense. It’s not like the Giants offense and WR’s were lighting it up in the playoffs. They did just enough though.

  3. gochargersgo says: Dec 12, 2012 8:44 AM

    “Credit Nicks for not getting drawn into a silly comparison”

    Did you read your own article? He did get drawn in. The comments about Super Bowl rings?

  4. johnnycash19 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:57 AM

    For the record I’d take Cruz and Nicks.

    But seeing those receptions stats shocked me in 2 areas.

    How does Brandon Lloyd have that many receptions and so few fantasy points?

    And how is Megatron not up there? He has 100 receptions by himself, you’re telling me Detroit can’t produce a WR with 30 catches? Maybe they need to draft another WR?

  5. zn0rseman says: Dec 12, 2012 9:01 AM

    Atlanta has fewer super Bowl rings because they aren’t a large market team on North East coast.

  6. cooklynn17 says: Dec 12, 2012 9:19 AM

    kane337 says: Dec 12, 2012 8:40 AM

    The Giants have those rings primarily due to their defense. It’s not like the Giants offense and WR’s were lighting it up in the playoffs. They did just enough though.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    News flash there Candy Kane337, Nicks in the playoffs last year against the Falcons…..6 catches, 115 yards and 2 tds. And that was just the start af an awesome playoff run.

    Btw, what was the score if that game? 24 to 2.

    Game over, thanks for playing.

  7. nygdriveforfive says: Dec 12, 2012 9:38 AM

    kane337 December 12, 2012, 8:40 AM EST

    The Giants have those rings primarily due to their defense. It’s not like the Giants offense and WR’s were lighting it up in the playoffs. They did just enough though.

    Nicks had 444 yards and 4tds in the playoffs last year. Thats MORE recieving yards than any other player EVER to win the SB. Jerry rice had 409 yards and 6 tds in 1988 btw. So ya Nicks and Giants Wrs did “just enough” to win.

  8. CKL says: Dec 12, 2012 10:04 AM

    Rings themselves have absolutely nothing to do with making one player better than the other. It’s what they as individual players did to help earn them that does.

  9. malvaren18 says: Dec 12, 2012 10:18 AM

    The whole reason you play is to be the best, and to be the best you need a Ring or 2.

  10. lilrob10201 says: Dec 12, 2012 1:58 PM

    Yea,but Dan Marino also has more stats then David Carr and fewer rings.

  11. justintuckrule says: Dec 12, 2012 2:11 PM

    Nevermind the fact that they play 90% of their games in domes or warm weather venues.

  12. iceshocker says: Dec 12, 2012 3:59 PM

    I love how he brings up nicks’ injury but not julio’s injury.

    Anyways, take roddy and julio over the nicks and cruz. It’s not like nicks and cruz are bad at all, but roddy has provided more than either of them and have you seen julio? Ridiculous ability.

    Julio and aj green are going to be the two best wr’s in the league for LOOOONNNG time.

  13. themagicman1223 says: Dec 13, 2012 8:58 PM

    I would take Nicks and Cruz any day of the week, I don’t want that inflated ego in Roddy White. Although I really like Julio Jones.

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