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Week 1 vs. WAS
Receiving: 7 / 122 / 0 on 11 targets
Hakeem Nicks was the only consistent threat on offense the
Giants in this game and they would have been lost without his play.
Nicks was able to completely turn around a CB deep on a post corner
route and catch a bomb from Manning to set up the first touchdown
nicely. He was later missed by Manning as he ran open on a post route
over the middle however. Nicks was used very well to pick up first
downs for the Giants aswell. Manning threw it to him in the flat after
the snap numerous times and Nicks used quickness and determination to
pick up whatever yards were needed for the first down. Nicks has long
developed into Mannings #1 target and he has the reliability and play
making ability to be a #1.
Week 2 vs. STL
Receiving: 3 / 15 / 1 on 7 targets
Hakeem Nicks early contribution consisted of drawing only a
pass interference penalty which ultimately led to no points. It's
difficult to say whether his knee was bothering him or not as he was
absent from the passing game at periods but looked great hauling in a
back shoulder fade pass from Manning with a terrific one handed catch.
Manning tried Nicks deep on several occasions when he had one on one
coverage situations but he didn't have much separation to work with.
Nicks caught a nice slant pattern vs. the blitz late in the game and
Manning does look to him when plays break down, especially down the
field. STL did a good job of covering him up in this game for the most
part and Manning looked to other targets, as well as handing the ball
off a lot. Nicks may have been experiencing the lingering effects of
his minor knee injury and his speed was probably compromised in this
aspect so look for bigger games as he gets healthier.
Week 3 vs. PHI
Receiving: 3 / 25 / 0 on 5 targets
Hakeem Nicks was simply taken out of this game almost by game
design by the NYG and not because CB Asomugha was able to take him
out of the game as he covered many different Giant WR's. Nicks caught
several short patterns and slants to convert or set up easy first
downs but his QB Manning was getting incredible performances from
Nicks' other teammates and he didn't need to rely on Nicks on this
occasion. Nicks had a shot deep with a pass from Manning but it was
slightly overthrown. Manning only had 23 passing attempts and the
Giants ran the ball a lot which took away from some potential Nick's
Week 4 vs. ARI
Receiving: 10 / 162 / 1 on 14 targets
Hakeem Nicks had a monster day and the Cardinals had no answer
for him. Nicks was the definition of chain mover as he picked up many
valuable first downs for his team. He showed his chemistry with QB
Manning on many back shoulder passes for big plays and ran almost
every route in the route tree to get away from whichever ARI DB was on
him. He gained significant separation from his defender and provided a
big cushion for his QB to throw into. Nicks simply took the ball away
from a Cardinal defender on a jump ball from Manning and ran by CB
Peterson for his touchdown pass deep down the sideline to cap off his
Week 5 vs. SEA
Receiving: 4 / 65 / 1 on 7 targets
Hakeem Nicks remains a stud despite only 4 catches in this
game. Nicks was able to speed past a SEA CB deep down the sideline and
haul in a perfectly thrown fade pass for his only touchdown. QB
Manning looked shorter down the field to slot WR and TE's as he was
under fire and Nicks was somewhat invisible for a large part of this
game. He remains a must start and easily the Giants biggest weapon
despite the fact that teams try to stop him every week. The Giants
have other weapons that can take the pressure off Nicks and this is
what happened on Sunday as Cruz and Ballard had impressive days.
Week 6 vs. BUF
Receiving: 4 / 96 / 0 on 7 targets
Matched up against one of the weaker pass defenses in the league, Nicks came through with another solid outing. He only caught 4 of the 7 passes thrown his way, but made some big plays and converted them into nearly 100 yards on the day, leading the Giants in receiving. The highlight of the game for him came near the end of the first half when he beat Drayton Florence and rumbled for 60 yards down the left sideline. The Giants went back to him on the game-winning drive and even though he didn't catch a pass, he did manage to draw two pass interference calls on Florence.
Week 8 vs. MIA
Receiving: 6 / 67 / 0 on 10 targets
Hakeem Nicks' stat sheet looks like a solid but unspectacular day but he really left a few plays out on the field as he had two drops. The biggest drop was on a deep pass play down the sideline where Manning threw a perfect pass that Nicks caught for a second but lost the ball as he fell to the ground. Nicks did made some very solid plays against the Dolphins as he is a big physical target who can be dangerous in many ways. He caught some nice short passes from Manning and kept drives alive and even though he was not able to haul the big pass in, he showed how dangerous he can be down the field too. QB Manning is playing very well right now and players like WR Nicks are benefitting from it as the Giants frequently have to throw a lot more to win football games. Nicks did leave the game late with a hamstring injury. The severity is unknown, but Nicks didn't seem too worried about it after the game.
Week 10 vs. SF
Receiving: 2 / 41 / 1 on 4 targets
Hakeem Nicks was very quiet in this game except for his two
catches, which came at the start of the game and at the very end.
Nicks caught an intermediate pass on the outside for a first down
early on but then looked almost invisible as Manning looked to his
other targets. QB Manning tried to hit Nicks deep on a go route but it
was very underthrown and almost picked off. Nicks did make a big
splash towards the end of the game however. QB Manning was looking
deep and floated a perfect pass over two defenders right into Nicks'
hands, an indefensible play it looked like. Nicks has heavy
competition with WR Cruz dominating the middle of the field and
Manningham/Ballard/Ware etc. all competing for touches. This will lead
to some games where he gets forgotten by QB Manning but he's always a
threat to score.
Week 11 vs. PHI
Receiving: 3 / 69 / 0 on 7 targets
After Manning missed him open down the left sideline when he got by CB Nnamdi Asomugha, Nicks appeared to have a 46-yard reception early in the game, but the ball momentarily squirted free and touched the ground. In the 4th quarter, though, he would haul in a 47-yarder when he broke deep as QB Eli Manning fled the pocket and signaled him to turn upfield, beating CB Nate Allen down the right sideline. After the catch, Nicks had only Allen to beat to take the pass to the endzone, but Allen held on and pulled Nicks out of bounds. Nicks later made a key reception on 2nd and 20 to make 3rd down manageable on the Giants' final drive, but failed to find the endzone.
Week 12 vs. NO
Receiving: 7 / 87 / 0 on 12 targets
Hakeem Nicks made several good looking grabs in this game but wasn't able to score with the big play like he capable of. Nicks worked the short and intermediate passing game, catching slants and curls to try and turn into big yards after the catch. Nicks used his big pair of hands to secure catches and tried to use agility to pick up first downs, with decent success. He did drop a screen pass early on and also took a big shot over the middle of the field, which was subsequently flagged for roughness. Nicks was able to haul in a big catch down the sideline towards the end of the first half, between several defenders but the Giants were not able to even kick a field goal. The Giants were down in a big play and everyone, including Nicks, benefitted from the increased pass attempts in garbage time. Teammate WR Cruz stole the night however and was the focus point of QB Manning's attention.
Week 13 vs. GB
Receiving: 7 / 88 / 2 on 12 targets
Hakeem Nicks had a very impressive game where he showed everyone why he is a true #1 WR. Nicks had a shot at a deep pass early in the game but was just short of keeping both his feet in bounds. Nicks quickly shook this off and had one of the most impressive games he's had as a pro. Nicks caught a short pass in the flat near the goal line and was just shy of scoring, but set up teammate RB Jacobs for the easy score. Nicks was found downfield on a big pass play on a post route. He was able to get inside his DB and give QB Manning a very big window to throw into, he plucked the ball straight over the DB's head. Nicks was also able score on a fade route in the endzone with a one handed catch as a GB DB was all over him. Nicks had a shot at another touchdown late in the game as Manning found him in the endzone but he wasn't able to squeeze the ball and come up with the catch. Nicks made up for this with a superb effort on his second touchdown however. Manning was pressured and threw a "hail Mary" type of back shoulder fade, which Nicks hauled in promptly.
Week 14 vs. DAL
Receiving: 8 / 163 / 0 on 10 targets
Eli Manning's favorite target on this day was Hakeem Nicks, and it is understandable considering how mind-blowing Nicks' talent is. Manning and Nicks connected on multiple strikes. It is the timing and understanding that the two have in the passing game that impressed most. Nicks started the game in style with a 64-yard catch and run down the seam, getting tackled just shy of the end zone. Nicks displayed incredible body control as he caught some passes along the sideline with Manning in trouble. One catch in particular stood out; Nicks had to catch the football over his head in a pincer-like movement while moving towards the sideline, all the while maintaining the presence of mind to keep his feet in bounds. Nicks was targeted in the red zone on a fade route, but the pass fell incomplete, so his day could have been even bigger statistically speaking.
Week 15 vs. WAS
Receiving: 5 / 73 / 0 on 12 targets
Dropped a gimme in the 1st quarter that would have been a 75 yard TD strike as he was well ahead of the defense and had nothing but daylight in front of him. He was held to zero catches in the 1st half. He did his damage in the 2nd half and had plenty of targets but just could not get on the same page with Eli. He also had a long target that should have been a catch but turned into a big pas interference. Nicks could have had another 100 yards and a TD if things had gone right for owners.
Week 16 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 1 / 20 / 0 on 7 targets
Nicks was largely contained by the Jets' secondary and was only able to catch one ball all day. It was a big play for 20 yards to start the second quarter and came against Jets All Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. Otherwise, Revis had Nicks in lockdown and did a great job of getting a hand on the ball nearly every time. Even though the battle was mostly one-sided, it was a good match-up to watch as both are great players and put on a fantastic effort on every play.
Week 17 vs. DAL
Receiving: 5 / 76 / 1 on 6 targets
It's strange to think of Hakeem Nicks as the #2 WR on NYG but he might be benefitting from all the attention Cruz has been getting this season. Nicks has had a bad case of the dropsies recently and fans were getting worried about his hands. He dispelled these concerns for at least one week as he caught every pass he should have and made a nice contribution to his team's efforts on Sunday night. Nicks did most of his damage in the second half as Manning leaned heavily on Cruz throughout this game and took some production away from Nicks. He was able to catch a great in breaking route with set up the Giants perfectly in the redzone late in the game to squash the Cowboys hopes of a comeback. Nicks and the Giants took advantage of poor play by an overrated DAL secondary that was out of position and made poor tackle attempts on a number of plays. Nick's was able to score on a nice fade pattern in the endzone as he ran by his man and plucked the ball over his head for the easy score.
Week 18 vs. ATL
Receiving: 6 / 115 / 2 on 9 targets
Hakeem Nicks was the offensive juggernaut for the Giants in this game, catching two touchdown passes and playing a crucial role in the win with his blocking and run after the catch ability. Nicks' first touchdown was an example of his elite body control as he adjusted to a high Manning pass at the back of the end zone, turning it into a 4-yard touchdown. Nicks attacks the football so well with his hands and he demonstrated this on several occasions as he ran his routes on the outside. Nicks caught a short pass and turned it up the field, benefiting from a couple of poor tackles, and took it all the way for a 72-yard touchdown. The play was the game-clinching play for all intents and purposes. The only blotch on his otherwise spotless record was an early false start penalty.
Week 19 vs. GB
Receiving: 7 / 165 / 2 on 9 targets
Hakeem Nicks had a truly remarkable game that he won't forget anytime soon. His numbers are impressive but the way he was able to able to get those numbers and the plays he made in the passing game were almost surreal. Nicks started off the game early with a long touchdown run after a short pass over the middle Nicks hauled in catch with an deep in breaking pattern, the defender bounced off him while failing to wrap him up and he simply outran everyone after that to the endzone showing his straight line speed down the field that we saw one week earlier. Nicks made another tough catch in traffic on a simple hitch route, catching it and then turning upfield to set up his team in great position in the endzone. Nicks seems to have cured his "drops" problem he had late in the regular season and is at the top of his game right now. Nicks made another unbelievable play on a Hail Mary effort from QB Manning. Manning threw the ball up high rather than settling for a field goal attempt and Nicks was in perfect position to out leap everyone around him in the endzone, putting it against his head in scary resemblances to the WR Tyree catch a few years ago. Nicks continued to make catches in big time situations on third down when Manning had time to survey the field and got open at will when afforded time to develop his route. Nicks has showed his elusive speed, his ability to break tackles while making big plays and ability to make the smaller plays over the middle or to the outside of the field for first downs. He is a very well rounded WR that has taken some pressure off of WR Cruz and QB Manning knows his play making ability is very real. Nicks can do anything a star WR should be able to do and defenses are forced to respect him.
Week 20 vs. SF
Receiving: 5 / 55 / 0 on 12 targets
Nicks left for a bit of the first half with a shoulder injury, and never really got on track after that. He did contribute a huge third down catch to keep the team's second and go-ahead TD drive going, but Nicks did not make any splashy catch-and-run plays or dominant red zone grabs as he had in the Giants previous two games.
Week 21 vs. NE
Nicks was left in single coverage all day and nickel and dimed the Patriots with catches in the middle of the field in the first half and outside the hashmarks in the second half. He wasn't the most secure with the ball and lost it one play, but Nicks was bailed out by Henry Hynoski. While Nicks did not make any splashy downfield plays, his outstanding hands and physical play was a big factor in the Giants passing game. He finished the postseason with the second highest catch and yard totals in NFL playoff history, behind Larry Fitzgerald in the 2008-09 postseason.