“We’re going no sleeves, right Hak?” Victor Cruz yelled halfway across the Giants locker room Thursday.
“No sleeves,” Hakeem Nicks confirmed.
The Giants wide receiver group will hit the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field without long sleeves under their jerseys for a divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. The high on Sunday is projected to be a frosty 27 degrees after two days of snow, but that doesn’t deter Cruz and his fellow wide outs.
“It’s more of a mindset we feel like,” Cruz said.
It turns out Nicks thought the group was playing poorly earlier this season when Washington visited MetLife Stadium on Dec. 18. In the 23-10 loss, with a mean temperature of 27 degrees, Nicks thought the receivers got distracted trying to keep out the cold. That started the no sleeves policy.
“Hakeem started it after the Washington game because he felt like we came out and we played a little tentative because we were worried about the cold,” Cruz said.
Offensive linemen are known for defying the cold on game day.
“They have a lot more mass than we do,” Cruz said with a laugh.
The Giants have won the three games since going sleeveless, which means there’s no going back now.
“We’re only there a few hours and half of the time we’re on the field running around,” Cruz said. “So as long as we can just mentally stay in the game and not worry about being cold or any of that we’ll be OK.”