What you need to know this morning…
Tom Coughlin has dropped the gauntlet in front of WR Hakeem Nicks, whose reliability has come under question after a series of dropped passes this season.
“He’s got to improve. He’s got to get better,” said Coughlin. “He’s got to get to a point where the reliability factor is there as strongly as it always has been. Has it been there up to this point? No, but we’re saying let’s work. Let’s get back to work and get this done. We count on this guy.”
Nicks didn’t take the coach’s directive to heart. He’s chalking it up to increased focus on his impending free agency and some bad bounces (“Because of what lies ahead for me and all the outside talk that’s going on right now….”)
“I don’t feel like my game is too much different from what it’s been in the past,” Nicks said. “People are just putting more significance on it due to what kind of year it is for me, they just put a little more emphasis on that. I think I’m still playing the game the way I’ve been playing it.”
QB Eli Manning isn’t concerned, either. He and Nicks have connected on many a big play and he expects that trend to continue.
“I have great confidence in him and trust and know that he’s going to make plays for us and do a good job,” Eli said. “Last time he had a big game versus these guys, a bunch of catches. Hopefully, he can come out there, play great and have a bunch of catches and run our offense smoothly.”
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C David Baas (knee) was placed on season-ending IR. No word yet on who will replace him on the roster. Jim Cordle, who has been playing in Baas’ place the last month, will continue at center. RB David Wilson (neck) remains sidelined indefinitely.
Yesterday’s workout was conducted without RB Brandon Jacobs (hamstring), LB Spencer Paysinger (ankle), DT Shaun Rogers (knee). CB Jayron Hosley (hamstring), TE Adrien Robinson (foot), CB Terrell Thomas (knee), CB Corey Webster (groin) were limited and S Cooper Taylor (shoulder) practiced in full.