“This is still a Cruz-and-Nicks game. I know we’re right on them. It’s tight, but those are still the guys. Make them go to Manningham, make them go to Pascoe. Let’s make sure we get Cruz and Nicks.” - Patriots head coach Bill Belichick to his defense on the sidelines during Super Bowl XLVI.
Two seasons later, folks, it’s still a Victor Cruz-and-Hakeem Nicks game for the Giants. They need both WRs healthy and humming if they are going to make any noise in the NFC this season.
“I’m excited,” said Cruz, the team’s newest millionaire. “It’s been a while since I’ve played a game, so I’m excited to go out there and suit up again and line up with my guys. It’s been a while since I’ve lined up with Hakeem, both of us out there healthy. It’s going to be a good feeling.”
Nicks has been nursing various injuries this summer but insists he is now ready to shoot for his mega-millions.
“Full speed. Everything full speed. Week 1. It’s time to go,” Nicks told reporters when asked if he was going to hit the ground running.
Tom Coughlin said Cruz is going to go “full speed ahead” this week.
“It felt good. I was out there just running,” Cruz said today after practice. “I can’t think about it when I’m out there playing. I just have to go because that’s the way I play and that’s the way I approach it every day. It’s been feeling good. My heel has been feeling right and now I’m just worried about getting the timing down with Eli, getting my tempo back. We’ll see how it goes from there.”
Eli Manning hasn’t had a legitimate shot to work with his superstar tandem in quite some time. Right now, they’re still finding there way back to the path that made them so dangerous.
“Feeling good and obviously these guys made a lot of plays for us over the years and practice hard and do a lot of good things,” Eli told reporters today when asked how things were going between the three. “Every day at practice we’re working to get better. We’re trying to improve and make sure we’re putting in new plays and new schemes, getting a lot of good reps and quality reps. We’re always trying to improve and get better.”
With the Giants scrambling in several areas, the passing game will be relied on once again to bail them out.