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Giants sign WR Hakeem Nicks

The Giants announced that they’re bringing back an old friend: a former No. 1 draft choice, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.

In 2009, he was a first-round pick for the team and subsequently played for five years, making his name as the team’s leading receiver in the 2010 regular season and 2011 postseason.

Nicks is going to be a great addition to the line-up, and he already has a history with the Giants that speaks for itself. He was one of the Giants’ best players during the 2011 playoffs which lead to their victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI.


He will be replacing Victor Cruz, who announced that he will be departing due to an upcoming calf surgery. Cruz has been unable to play in a game this season due to the injury.

Nicks is excited for the return, and expressed his feelings as such,

I’m happy to be here, happy to be back in the building. I feel great, I feel hungry. I’m ready to get on that field and make some plays.

Nicks already preparing, meeting with assistant coaches to learn the offensive system put in place by Ben McAdoo last year. After going through several tryouts this year, he is just excited to get started. And he’s sure he picked the right team.

This is where I really wanted to be. I would have settled and played wherever, but my heart was here. My heart has always been here, ever since I left. That’s why I kept my place here. I feel like I’m just stepping right back into position.

Nicks first game will be in FedEx Field where he already has 16 career receptions but to date, no touchdowns. Who knows what will happen this time around! No matter what, he’s ready for whatever comes his way, and says,

I’m looking forward to it, I’m fired up about it. When you do something since you were 10 years old and there comes a time when you’ve got to sit for a while, you’re not used it and that’s something you have to overcome. I think just taking it all into consideration, being back here where I was drafted in 2009, being back home, this is the way it was supposed to be.”

The Giants have also made a few other changes as of late, including waiving linebacker James Morris from the roster and terminating the practice squad contract of wide receiver Julian Talley.

Morris has only played on special teams in three games, and hasn’t manage to have any tackles.

Talley played in two games for the Giants in both 2013 and 2014, but hasn’t had any receptions. He spent the majority of those seasons on the practice squad.

The times, they are a changin’ for the Giants. It will be great to see where they take this. The potential for great things is there. It’s just a matter of harnessing it that counts.

Beckham Jr’s Catch Wins Best Play

After coming off one of the most impressive rookie seasons for a wide receiver ever, Odell Beckham Jr. became a household name with impressive play after impressive play. After the number one wide receiver, Victor Cruz, went down with an injury early in the season, Beckham Jr. rose to the role of star wide receiver. His impressive play this season has left defenders in the dust, and wishing they hadn’t taken the role to cover him. His blinding skill, speed, and athleticism has propelled him to become one of the top receivers in the league.

This past season,  Beckham Jr. lead the New York Giants in almost every receiving category. But the most impressive achievement for Odell this year was his spectacular one handed touchdown catch against the rival, Dallas Cowboys. This catch is highly considered as one of the top catches in NFL history, comparable to Steve Young’s toss in the back of the end zone, and other Giants classic catch involving David Tyree in the Superbowl against the undefeated Patriots.

Beckham’s grab came while backpedaling, and being grabbed by a Cowboys defender:

Commentator Al Michaels explained it best about it being the ‘catch of the year’ and ‘the best catch he has ever seen.’ The acrobatic catch has not only mesmerized Al Michaels, but the entire country agreed that this catch was the play of the year. He won the ESPY award for best play edging out Messi. With Beckham Jr. improving over the offseason, he is expected to make more highlight reel plays his season.

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2015 NY Giants Depth Chart

With the NFL season right around the corner, teams are gearing up by filling out depth charts and prepping for what should be an exciting 2015-2016 season. With a disappointing campaign last year plagued by injuries and a tough NFC East division, the New York Giants look to get back on track to their winning ways. With various key players coming back from injury, the Giants have high hopes going into camp.

The biggest loss for the Giants last year was their Pro-Bowl wide receiver Victor Cruz. Cruz suffered a knee injury last season which slowed down the offense, but way quickly picked back up by rookie Odell Beckham Jr. The high flying, speedy target picked up the slack last season after Cruz went down finishing the season with 91 receptions, 12 touchdowns and 1,305 yards. The league should be concerned to cover the projected starters for the Giants in the wide receiver slot. Accompanying Beckham Jr. and Cruz will be Rueben Randle. These three will give defensive backs all season.

Behind center will be Eli Manning which should not come as a surprise to many. The playoff superstar is expected to pick up his performance this season with a full wide receiver core. Manning is excited to have his targets back which should open up the ground game this season.

Accompanying Rashad Jennings in the backfield this season will be Shane Vareen and Andre Williams. This powerful backfield should do very well this season due to the potential arial attack the Giants can have. Along with the running game, the defense is expected to be one of the top defenses in the league. With high expectations, the Giants are expected to head into the season with a chip on their shoulder in hopes of making a Super Bowl run again.

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