ANDERSON, Ind. -- The easiest thing for Indianapolis Colts receiver Hakeem Nicks to say was that it's just a preseason game even if Saturday's game is against the New York Giants, the team he spent his first five seasons with.
Nicks had no problem saying he's looking forward to the game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
"Yeah, the game does matter," he said. "I'm looking forward to definitely taking some snaps. I look at it like I get to see them twice. It's still a preseason game so you have to be mindful of that. We'll see them again during the regular season."
Nicks won a Super Bowl and had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Giants. But a lot of the focus with Nicks centered on his final season in New York. He didn't catch a touchdown for the first time in his career and finished with 896 yards. ESPN.com Giants reporter Dan Graziano said earlier this year that coaches were frustrated with Nicks last season because he couldn't make plays in the passing game.
Giants receiver Victor Cruz told reporters Monday that the criticism Nicks received last season took a toll on him.
It should be noted that Nicks' 896 yards would have been good enough for second on the Colts last season behind T.Y. Hilton's 1,083 yards.
"It's not tough (to listen to the critics) at all because I don't really listen to it cause I know what I went through (last season)," Nicks said. "I'm just looking forward to this season. I'm going to take that and roll with it."
The Colts meet the Giants during the regular at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Nov. 3.