New York Giants: Hakeem Nicks

Cruz: Nicks' return crucial for Big Blue

November, 27, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks' return to practice Wednesday was a welcome sight.

"I'm happy to have him back -- period. Just to have him back in the huddle, in the offense, on the sideline, dressed and ready to go. He's a guy we need," Cruz said. "We need him to be his normal self in order to win games, for our moral to be up, stuff like that. We're definitely happy to have him back."

After Nicks missed Sunday's game against Dallas with an abdomen injury, Nicks returned to practice in a limited capacity in preparation for Sunday's game at Washington. Cruz believes a healthy Nicks can help an inconsistent Giants offense round into shape for the home stretch.

Nicks did not speak to the media Wednesday.

"I think Hakeem getting back and getting ourselves back on track and getting the offense back to where it was will definitely be paramount in order to get ourselves back on track for these last five games," Cruz said. "We're excited to have Hakeem back and to have the chance to do so."

While Nicks has had a mediocre season thus far, with just 42 catches for 620 yards and zero touchdowns, the Giants' passing attack looked out of sync without him against Dallas. Against the then-worst passing defense in the NFL, Eli Manning totaled just 174 passing yards. The Giants did run for 202 yards, which mitigated the need for a big passing game, but the aerial attack never truly exploited Dallas' defense.

Despite entering the season with what was expected to be one of the premier passing offenses in the NFL, the Giants have rarely lived up to the hype. Manning has thrown for less than 300 yards in each of the last six games and has tossed for less than 200 in two of the last three games.

"We've got to find ways to win our matchups and for everything to start clicking," Manning said. "From protections to winning the one-on-ones, to throwing the ball accurately, we got to make sure we're very sound in everything we're doing."

Sunday's game against Washington could present a good opportunity for the passing game to get back on track, although last week figured to be a great opportunity too. Washington ranks 26th in passing yards allowed per game and has struggled to shut down opposing offenses.

Cruz hopes Nicks' presence can help galvanize the offense.

"He's another weapon out there for us that we definitely need. With him, myself, Rueben [Randle] -- put all of us on the same page, clicking on all cylinders, we're a tough team to beat," Cruz said. "Especially with Andre Brown now stepping into form and doing the things he does well, I think we're a tough team to beat.

"Having [Nicks] there is just an extra weapon that gives us more ability to do what we need to do on offense to win games."

Update: Hakeem Nicks returns to practice

November, 27, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (abdomen) and cornerback Corey Webster (ankle) were practicing during the portion of practice Wednesday open to the media.

Nicks missed Sunday's loss to Dallas after saying he'd be able to play in the important divisional game. Nicks did not practice much last week, as he was limited on Thursday and Friday. Nicks has not yet talked about missing Sunday.

Webster has missed the past three games with a groin/ankle issue. He's missed seven games total this season. The Giants could use him back with Trumaine McBride (groin) not practicing Wednesday after suffering the injury Sunday.

Also out for the Giants were defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), cornerback Terrell Thomas (knee) and running back Brandon Jacobs (knee). Only Thomas and McBride were in the stationary bike area during the open portion.

Injury report: Hakeem Nicks on list again

November, 27, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants released their pre-practice injury report, and there are no surprise injuries coming out of Sunday's game.

Cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin), who suffered his injury against the Cowboys, is on the list, as is receiver Hakeem Nicks (abodomen), who missed the game despite saying he'd be able to play.

Here's the full list:
The Giants also signed DB Ross Weaver to the practice squad.

Giants' passing game grounded

November, 24, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- There would be no repeat of Week 1 for the Giants' receivers.

After torching the Cowboys' secondary for 450 yards in the season opener, the Giants' passing game totaled just 174 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to Dallas at MetLife Stadium. The Giants' receivers pointed to the success of the running game, which ran for 202 yards, but the passing attack never got going and was often out of sync.

Receiver Victor Cruz made the costliest mistake of the game when he was stripped and Dallas returned the ball for a score, and receiver Hakeem Nicks was inactive for the first time all season.

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Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY SportsVictor Cruz hauled in just two catches for 27 yards.
"We didn't particularly throw the ball or have as much yardage as we would have thought with the passing game," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said.

Opposing offenses have had great success this year attacking Dallas through the air as the Cowboys entered Sunday's game ranked last in the NFL by allowing 313 passing yards per game. The Giants were privy to this information based on the last matchup with Dallas on Sept. 8, when Cruz, Nicks and Rueben Randle each went for more than 100 receiving yards in the Giants' 36-31 loss.

The Giants' running game had its way with Dallas' depleted defense, but the passing attack, once considered the strength of the team, couldn't get going as Manning and his receivers weren't on the same page. After catching five passes for 118 yards in the previous game, Cruz had just two for 27 yards. Randle led the team with three catches for 64 yards, but that was 37 less than he posted last time.

In a revealing sequence late in the second quarter, the Giants chose to run the ball on third-and-goal from the 10 rather than have Manning throw. The run was not enough and the Giants kicked a field goal.

"There were definitely voids and times where I was open. It was just different circumstances where Eli was sacked or Eli was moving other ways, things of that nature," Cruz said of Dallas' plan against him. "I don't think it was necessarily them doing a better job. I felt there were still voids and still routes open."

Cruz had the biggest blunder of the game when he fumbled after hauling in a 5-yard catch in the first quarter. As Cruz fought for an extra yard with two defenders draped over him, Orlando Scandrick pulled the ball out and it was recovered by Jeff Heath, who took it 50 yards to put the Cowboys up, 7-0.

It marked the third defensive touchdown the Cowboys scored against the Giants this season.

"I can't let those type of things happen," Cruz said. "I got to take better care of the football and know that they are doing that and they're going to try to come in there and strip it and take better care of it."

Leading up to the game, Nicks, who is bothered by an abdominal injury, said that he would play, which proved to be false confidence. The Giants certainly could have used him Sunday as Manning and Randle weren't always on the same page -- which has been an reoccurring issue -- and the Giants weren't able to get much from Jerrel Jernigan.

Louis Murphy did catch his first touchdown pass.

"All week things happen throughout our team, coaches make decisions," Cruz said of Nicks not playing. "I have no part in that so obviously when I come in and I don't see him I'm going to be surprised."

TD-less Nicks thinks Sunday is the day

November, 15, 2013
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.

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Jim McIsaac/Getty ImagesHakeem 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."

Giants 'resisting all overtures' for Nicks

October, 27, 2013
PHILADELPHIA -- Will Hakeem Nicks remain a New York Giant?

It’s looking that way.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Giants are "resisting all overtures" for the 25-year-old wide receiver.

The NFL's trade deadline is Tuesday.

Nicks entered Sunday’s game against the Eagles on pace for 62 catches and 1,074 yards. But he had yet to haul in a touchdown pass from Eli Manning in an underwhelming season so far.

Nicks will be a free agent at the end of the year. The Giants just locked up slot receiver Victor Cruz long-term, while Rueben Randle has emerged as one of Manning’s go-to targets.

Given that the Giants have needs at a myriad of positions, it’s unknown if they’ll be willing to give big money to Nicks. His trade value isn’t exactly high right now, so who knows if they’d even be getting decent return.

Perhaps things will change again following Sunday’s game, but for now it appears Nicks will be staying a Giant.

Tuck, Nicks won't play vs. Steelers

August, 10, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- The New York Giants will play their preseason opener without several key veteran starters.

Defensive end Justin Tuck (back) and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (groin) will not play tonight against Pittsburgh.

Tuck missed two practices this week with tightness in his back. Nicks hurt his groin last week and the team wants to be cautious.

Tom Coughlin already ruled out right guard Chris Snee (hip) and cornerback Terrell Thomas (knee/hamstring) earlier in the week, since the two vets just recently came off the PUP list.

Tackle James Brewer (concussion), wide receiver Brandon Collins (hamstring), tackle Justin Pugh (concussion), safety Cooper Taylor (hamstring) and running back Ryan Torain (concussion) also will not play.

Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (back), fullback Henry Hynoski (knee) and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn (knee) are on the PUP list and will not play.

Injury Report: Nicks still limited

July, 30, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is still limited, coach Tom Coughlin said Tuesday.

Nicks (groin) participated in some of the 11-on-11 drills, but was mostly in and out of the lineup.

Wide receiver Jeremy Horne was carted off during practice, though it’s unknown how his injury occurred.

“They told me that he had some type of foot injury, but I don’t know what to expect,” Coughlin said.

The Giants signed Horne, a UMass product like Victor Cruz, as a free agent.

The Giants’ five PUP list players -- Jason Pierre-Paul, Chris Snee, Henry Hynoski, Markus Kuhn and Terrell Thomas -- watched practice from the sidelines.

Eli laments Nicks, Cruz absence at OTAs

June, 6, 2013
Eli ManningAP Photo/Bill KostrounEli Manning certainly wanted Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz with him at OTAs.
When Eli Manning worked out with both Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz at Duke in April, the quarterback figured he would get in more reps with his two receivers this offseason.

Manning knew Cruz had his contract to deal with but figured he would see Nicks. Instead, Manning has been passing to the likes of Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan and Louis Murphy at organized team activities.

"I knew there was a chance with Victor; he didn't have a contract," Manning said of not having his top receivers at OTAs. "You got some work. But I was just really hoping it [the Duke workouts] would be a little starter course to the spring. Not a substitute for what we’re doing on the field right now. This is stuff where we’re getting to go against cornerbacks, you get to work your technique."

Manning says it shouldn't take Nicks and Cruz long to get back into the flow of things with him. But he would certainly like to have them with him now.

"They've played in big games," Manning said. "They've run these plays hundreds of times before and so they'll be able to get in the flow of things. But you'd still like them back here just to work on things that we didn't do as well last year. They know what they're doing. It's just a matter of improving how they’re doing it sometimes."

"I gotta worry about the guys that are here," Manning later added. "That's all I can do. Making sure I know what I'm doing, working on the things that I need to improve on."

Nicks running full speed without setbacks

April, 15, 2013
Hakeem Nicks ran routes last week, catching passes from Eli Manning for the first time this year.

And the wide receiver reports that his body is feeling good and there were no setbacks in his recovery from foot and knee problems.

"We got some good work in," Nicks told the Giants' website. "It was good for me to just get my feet back up under me a little bit and it was my first time running routes with Eli. So it was good. I feel good; there weren't any setbacks."

Nicks was one of the several Giants who attended the first day of the team's voluntary offseason workout program Monday.

The Giants started the offseason program with strength and conditioning and physical rehab. Nicks is making his way back from an injury-plagued 2012 season.

Nicks told the team website he has been running full speed for "a couple of weeks," which is a positive sign after laboring all of last season with pain first in his surgically repaired foot and then in his knee after injuring it in Week 2.

"I don't even look at it now," Nicks said of last season, when he had 53 receptions for 692 yards and three touchdowns. "It is gone now, so it is what it is –- it is in the past. It is something that I learned from. Every year in your career isn't going to be what you want it to be. So it is just about you adjust to it and make the best of it. But definitely I learned a lot from it. I feel like I grew."

Nicks took some positive steps toward a bounce-back season in 2013 by joining Manning, Victor Cruz and Louis Murphy last week at Duke University for workouts.

"It is always good to see him back healthy," Manning said. "He is still striving to get to 100 percent. Obviously, having a healthy Hakeem would definitely make our team much better."

Ramses: 'I am ready for something new'

February, 28, 2013
Ramses BardenGrant Halverson/Getty ImagesCal Poly product Ramses Barden played in 29 games in four seasons with the Giants.
Ramses Barden is days away from free agency and he sounds excited to get the process started of potentially moving on to a new team.

The Giants unrestricted free agent sounded fully ready to move on from the team that drafted him in the third round in 2009 out of Cal Poly.

“I’m really kind of excited for the offseason,” Barden said on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “As much fun as I have had in New York and yeah, I am comfortable there, it is probably best for me to start looking other places, for a new system, for a refreshed sense of welcoming. I think everybody can benefit from newness in their lives. And this is going to be one of those for me.”

The 6-foot-6 Barden is ready for an opportunity to play –- something he didn’t get a chance to do often with the Giants. With the Giants, Barden was buried on the depth chart. Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz are the starters and Rueben Randle looks primed to take over the third receiver role.

Barden played in a total of 29 games in his four seasons with just one start. He had a total of 29 receptions for 394 yards, but he had 9 catches for 138 yards in his lone start against Carolina this past season with Nicks out.

He was unable to stick as the team's third receiver last season. Over the years, he didn’t see much playing time due to receivers ahead of him or injuries he suffered during his Giants tenure as well.

“Obviously, there was some issue early on,” Barden said when asked to sum up his four years with the Giants coming out of a small school like Cal Poly. “But when it came to opportunities, I always seized the opportunity and I can stand proud on that.

“I was always the team player, I was always working,” he continued. “A lot of times I was open. And there’s no ill feelings for me. I had a great experience with the Giants. Had I had more opportunities to seize, I would have seized them. And I am confident in that.”

Barden is eager to show what he can do with that big frame. And it certainly sounds like he is ready to show that somewhere else.

“It is not that I am not open,” he said when asked if he is open to returning to the Giants. “There’s something important, there’s something about renewal, refreshing...every so often, a dog sheds, an animal sheds, and they become bigger and grow into a new skin, a new coat.

“This is just my process. This is my evolution as a receiver where I feel I am ready for something new.”

Nicks unsure if he'll be active Sunday

December, 26, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (knee) isn't sure if he's going to play in the season finale Sunday against Philadelphia. Nicks missed Wednesday's practice, but has played in each of the past nine games.

"We'll see. We really don't know yet," Nicks said. "They haven't really told me anything about it yet. Whatever they choose for me to do, I'm sure it's going to be in the best benefit of the team and myself. I'll just take it and roll with it."

Swelling in his knee has given Nicks problems all year, and he's not sure if that will require offseason surgery. His surgically repaired foot has also been problematic, but Nicks doesn't believe that will require further surgery in the offseason. Nicks broke his right foot in May.

"I think the foot is just still healing," Nicks said. "Throughout the course of the year, it's been healing.

"I haven't had setbacks with the foot, so I think I'll be good."

While he has gutted out the injuries, Nicks hasn't been able to get on the practice field as much as usual, and quarterback Eli Manning believes that has affected the chemistry between the two. Nicks agreed with that assessment.

"I was injured this year. It happens in football. You can't control that aspect. You've just got to hope for the best, expect for the best, and play hard each and every day," Nicks said. "I'll learn from this. I'll definitely get better from it."

In Sunday's loss to Baltimore, Nicks was held without a catch for the first time this season. It marked the low point in what has been a rough year -- he has just 53 catches for 692 yards and three touchdowns.

"Being a playmaker, you always want the ball. You always want to get the ball thrown at you, always feel like you can make a difference. I'll always feel like that. I feel like that's what makes me the player I am," Nicks said. "I've always had the competitive drive in me."

Giants' offense puts up shocking stats

December, 23, 2012
Eli Manning Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesEli Manning, who faced heavy pressure all afternoon, takes a sack against the Ravens' D.
BALTIMORE -- The numbers are simply stunning.

A week after being shut out by the Falcons, the Giants were even worse against the Ravens on Sunday.

Yes, they put up 14 points. But half of those came during garbage time in the fourth quarter, with the score 33-7 and the outcome no longer in doubt.

The Giants had 256 yards of offense against Atlanta. Against Baltimore, they accumulated just 186 -- and 80 of those came on that final, inconsequential drive.

"We did nothing offensively," said coach Tom Coughlin.

Eli Manning completed just 14 of 28 passes, for a paltry 150 yards. Ahmad Bradshaw returned after missing last week's game with a knee injury, but had just nine carries for 39 yards. A week after having just three catches for 15 yards against the Falcons, Victor Cruz had three catches for 21 yards against the Ravens. And Hakeem Nicks was shut out, for the first time in his NFL career.

"I don’t even want to talk about it," said Nicks. When asked if it was something the defense did, Nicks said, "I don’t know what it was."

Bradshaw had a little more to say. "We just didn't come to play today," Bradshaw said. "It was a big game. This was one we needed. They wanted it more than we did."

To be fair, Manning didn't always have a lot of time to make plays. The Ravens applied lots of pressure, with three sacks and nine quarterback hits.

"We couldn't get anything going," said Manning. "The Ravens did a very good job on defense. They put a lot of pressure on me, and they gave us a lot of different looks. They made it hard for us."

Now the Giants have made it very hard for themselves, in terms of making the playoffs. They'll need to beat the Eagles next Sunday, but they'll need some other games to go their way, too.

Last year in Week 16, needing to beat the Jets to keep their playoff hopes alive, the Giants were sparked by a 99-yard touchdown by Cruz.

There were no plays like that in Week 16 this year. Just two weeks after scoring 52 points against the Saints, the Giants' offense has disintegrated.

"What has happened over the course of the last couple of weeks is very difficult to explain," said Coughlin. "We had a resounding win against New Orleans and felt real good about ourselves, and then I have no explanation as to why we're in the position that we're in."

Coach's decision: Run or pass?

December, 22, 2012
This isn't the Baltimore defense of the past.

Entering Sunday, Baltimore is ranked 26th in yards allowed per game, 22nd in passing yards allowed and 26th in rushing yards. Injuries are a main reason why the Ravens have struggled, but the team still has plenty of solid players on defense that haven't played up to par.

Coming off a 34-0 loss, the Giants offense should be looking for a bounce-back game. The offense has been hit or miss down the stretch, alternating between good and bad weeks. In the last four weeks, the Giants have scored zero, 52, 16 and 38 points. Going by that, the Giants should put up points Sunday.

The big decision will be whether to try to beat the Ravens through the passing game or to try and get the running game going. Baltimore is susceptible to both, and obviously a balanced game is desired, but it seems the Giants tend to have success in just one area.

Running the ball could be a problem this week depending on the health of Ahmad Bradshaw. The veteran is working his way back from a knee sprain and might not be able to shoulder the full load. While David Wilson showed he can run the ball with no problem, the Giants coaching staff still does not fully trust him -- evident in last week's loss when he only received 12 carries despite being the start.

In the passing game, it just hasn't clicked this year. Manning is having a down year after having the best of his career, with just 20 touchdowns through 14 games. In his last four road games, Manning has just one touchdown pass. The Giants just have not been able to get it going on the road in the air.

It also doesn't help that Hakeem Nicks' injuries have slowed him down, and while Victor Cruz has had a great season overall, in the six games of the second half he has just 25 catches for 369 yards and two scores. In the first eight games, Cruz had 54 catches for 650 yards and seven scores. Teams have found ways to limit the damage those two have done down the backstretch.

Baltimore can be scored upon and the Giants are going to need some points to win Sunday. The question is whether they get it done with their passing offense or the rushing offense.

Manning knocked off rhythm by Falcons' D

December, 16, 2012
Eli ManningKevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesEli Manning, who faced heavy pressure all afternoon, takes a sack from Falcons' Kroy Biermann.
ATLANTA -- The afternoon began poorly for Eli Manning, and it rarely got much better.

When the first pass thrown by the Giants' quarterback was picked off by the Falcons, it had an eerily familiar feel.

Asante Samuel, traded to the Falcons in the offseason from Philadelphia, intercepted three Manning passes while playing four seasons for the Eagles, so when he stepped in front of a ball intended for wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, deflected it, bobbled it, and then returned it six yards to the Giants' 16-yard-line, it wasn't anything new.

"He just jumped it. That's what he does, and he's done a number of times," Manning said. "I thought I had room, and threw it and he did a great job of jumping on the ball."

Manning went on to complete 13 of 25 passes for 161 yards and his two interceptions led to 10 Atlanta points in a dreadful 34-0 loss.

His passer rating of 38.9 was a season's worst.

The Falcons didn't waste much time converting the first pick into a 7-0 lead, and soon Manning's second pass was deflected at the line by Atlanta defensive tackle Vance Walker. Wide receiver Victor Cruz caught the ball, but for just a 4-yard gain.

Manning's third pass sailed well over Cruz's head, and before long the Giants trailed 14-0 by the end of the first quarter.

Add the second interception, when Atlanta safety Thomas DeCoud stepped in front of Manning's first pass of the second quarter (also an attempt to Hicks), mix in a few throws that weren't catchable, and the first shutout of Manning's pro career was a downright miserable experience.

"You want to be out there and play well," he said. "We know how important the game was. We wanted to go out and ... score points."

Samuel's track record against Manning has an enormous asterisk.

He dropped a would-be interception late in Super Bowl XLII while playing for the Patriots when New England led 14-10. Manning completed a long pass to David Tyree -- the Helmet Catch -- on the next play to keep alive a drive that wound up not only winning the Super Bowl for the Giants, but ending the Patriots' perfect season.

Sunday, though, Falcons coach Mike Smith credited defensive coordinator Mike Nolan -- who was the Giants' defensive coordinator from 1993-96 under former coach Dan Reeves -- for building a scheme that kept Manning off balance.

"Mike and his staff did an outstanding job," Smith said. "It was a look that Eli Manning probably hadn't seen from us."

Smith would not detail Atlanta's plan. Giants coach Tom Coughlin said, “[the Falcons] were able to do some things up front that allowed their secondary to make plays.”

The Falcons sacked Manning just once, but bothered him enough with the pass rush and apparently confused him frequently with coverages in the secondary.

Samuel got it all started.

"I'm accustomed to playing the Giants ... and that experience helped me make plays," said the quicksilver cornerback. "I guess [the Eagles] got tired of me picking [Manning] off so they sent me somewhere else to make a better team over here. Shout out to coach [Andy] Reid. I love ya, Coach."