Hakeem Nicks runs a few routes, still on target

AP

It wasn’t much, and it wasn’t from Eli Manning, but Hakeem Nicks was just glad to be running a few routes and catching a pass again.

The Giants receiver ran a few patterns and caught balls from the team’s training staff Tuesday, the first time he’s done so in his comeback from a broken foot this spring.

“Yeah, definitely. I’m exciting about running some routes today and getting to see where I’m at,” Nicks said, via Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “It’s going to be exciting for me just to see where I’m at.”

Nicks had been limited to straight-line running, before running in circles yesterday to see how the outside of his foot would respond. Asked whether he might leave training camp without having practiced, he replied: “We’ll see. If they choose to let me go out there and do some things next week as far as running routes on air with the quarterbacks and we’ll see how that goes. Right now, we’re just going to see how today goes and take it from there.”

The Giants would happily trade snaps in Albany for a healthy Nicks on Sept. 5 against the Cowboys, and as long as there are no setbacks, that seems to be a reasonable expectation.