Hakeem Nicks Fantasy News
Giants believe Rueben Randle will make 'significant jump'
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8:32pm
The team's brass is confident that Rueben Randle will make a "significant jump" in his third season, which would seem to suggest Nicks won't be back. Reese also said Jerrel Jernigan finally looked like the player he selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Hakeem Nicks is likely to leave via free agency, so Randle (and Jerrel Jernigan) should see a big bump in snaps. Randle was the #28 WR through the first 11 weeks, but faded down the stretch (12-151 in the final six weeks). The Giants passing game is likely to bounce back, and if Randle is getting starter’s snaps, he’s a good bet to produce. Jernigan racked up 19 catches for 237 yards and two TDs in the final three games, making him the #2 WR in fantasy in that span.
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Giants want to play an 'up-tempo, attacking-style' offense
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 10:10am
“I’m for all [going] up-tempo, getting a lot of catches, making a lot of plays,” he said. “That’s what I want to do — that’s kind of right up my alley. I’m excited to hear that, and I’m excited to get in there and learn the offense and get it going.”
If Nicks leaves, Jernigan and Randle would likely see an uptick in snaps and targets. For his part, Jernigan was the #2 WR over the final three weeks of the season. It's a small sample, but it underlines his upside when he gets a good amount of playing time. As for the offense, Eli Manning has the experience to push the tempo and make adjustments at the line of scrimmage. The Giants offense should be better in 2014.
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Monday, December 30, 2013, 1:07pm
With the status of Hakeem Nicks up in the air, but unlikely he'll be back, Randle has a chance for an increased role in 2014.
Saturday, December 28, 2013, 11:56am
Victor Cruz was back at the Giants’ practice facility Friday afternoon, walking the hall outside the locker room while his teammates were at practice. He maintained that he expected to be ready for offseason training sessions and estimated that his timetable to rehabilitate from minor surgery on his left knee would take 6-8 weeks.
Still, he was already planning on spending more time with quarterback Eli Manning and his fellow receivers to repair what Cruz called a “disconnect” this year.
“I want to make it a point to get with Eli a little bit more, get with our quarterbacks a little bit more and get the receiving corps together as much as we can to kind of build that more,” Cruz said.
Cruz was limited to four touchdowns, Hakeem Nicks has yet to catch a touchdown pass and Manning has thrown 26 interceptions through 15 games. Cruz missed part of his offseason workouts with Manning because of his contract negotiations, but vowed to get back on the same page as Manning and the others in the coming months. He will be deliberate in how he approaches his recovery, as well, the story pointed out.
Rueben Randle likely to start in Week 16
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 10:48am
With Victor Cruz likely out for Week 16, second-year receiver Rueben Randle would slot in alongside Hakeem Nicks, with third-year man Jerrel Jernigan, who made a team-high seven catches Sunday, handling third receiver duties.
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 12:33pm
"Hakeem Nicks is a bit less so, since at this point I think it'd be shocking if he were back, and even if he is it'd be on a team-friendly deal."
It's good news for Rueben Randle owners in deep keeper leagues or dynasty leagues as that means he likely sees a big increase in snaps and production next season. Graziano is also expecting the team to extend QB Eli Manning's contract to create cap space. As for Nicks, he'll surely land somewhere next year, but he's coming off a poor 2013 season.
Thursday, November 28, 2013, 10:25am
Coughlin had said Nicks didn’t play against the Cowboys because of how much practice time he missed last week. So if nothing else, at least he’s giving himself a chance to play this Sunday against the Redskins.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 9:18am
Lack of sufficient practice time last week was the reason wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was inactive for the New York Giants' game against the Dallas Cowboys, according to coach Tom Coughlin, who seemed annoyed by the circumstances surrounding Nicks' situation.
"On Wednesday, as you have tracked it, he had an issue with the abdominal area, thought it might be a hernia, so he went through all the tests, etc., and did not practice. Was not able to practice," Coughlin said. "You asked me the question late in the week, and I answered: 'What would be the issue? Speed. He probably can't be full speed.'"
As the story points out, it's unclear whether Nicks will be ready to practice this week or play Sunday night against the Washington Redskins. It doesn't help the game is a Sunday night of course, but, if you happened to have handcuffed Nicks with Rueben Randle you'd be in good shape.
Hakeem Nicks OUT for Giants
Sunday, November 24, 2013, 2:55pm