Friday, November 15, 2013
TD-less Nicks thinks Sunday is the day
By Matt Ehalt
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The last time Hakeem Nicks found the end zone came on Dec. 9, 2012.
He plans on having a reunion with the scoring space Sunday against the Packers.
"Touchdowns come. It's going to come. I ain't worried about [zero touchdowns]. I got a good feeling I'm going to get in there Sunday, though," Nicks said. "At least I'm trying. I'm going to do everything I can to try and get in there Sunday. I got to break a tackle, whatever. I'm itching for it now.
Hakeem Nicks' production has been decent this season, except when it comes to scoring TDs.
"I feel like everybody's talking about it now. I got to go ahead and do it. Go ahead and get in there."
In each of Nicks' first three seasons, he scored at least six touchdowns, including a career-high 11 in 2010. Last season, slowed by injuries, Nicks found pay dirt just three times. He caught 53 passes for a career-low 692 yards in what can be considered the worst season of his career.
This year, Nicks has been healthy, but the production hasn't been there. He has caught 38 passes for 570 yards, which has him on track for his third 1,000-yard season, but he hasn't been able to hook up with quarterback Eli Manning for a score. He's scoreless in his last 12 games dating to 2012, which is probably not what he envisioned as he plays out the final year of his contract.
Nicks has shown throughout his career that he can take over a game, including his scorching run during the team's Super Bowl triumph two seasons ago. Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said Nicks is trying to get back to the form he's shown in the past. Nicks has just two 100-yard games this year.
"We’ll see at the end of the year where we’re at with him, but I think he’s trying his butt off. He’s working like crazy," Gilbride said Thursday. "I’m very proud of his effort and his determination to be a focal point of our offense, which is good. You need as many guys when those one-on-one chances are there, that they’re good enough to win for you. We’ll never be as good a team if he doesn’t become that kind of player for us."
Green Bay could be the right team to help Nicks get on track and finally haul in a touchdown pass. Nicks has dominated the Packers in four career games against them, hauling in 23 passes for 423 yards and six touchdowns.
In the divisional game at Green Bay in January 2012, Nicks caught seven passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Last year, he recorded five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. Nicks has caught at least one touchdown in each game against Green Bay and has at least four catches and 77 yards in every contest.
"There's stuff to take advantage of. But they're a very skilled bunch back there, a veteran bunch," Nicks said. "It's going to come down to us making plays in the passing game."