Stock Watch: Prince moves up

October, 3, 2012
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Welcome to this week’s Stock Watch following the Eagles-Giants game.

As many of you know, I’m a music fan and normally name my streaking section after “Smooth Operator” by Big Daddy Kane and my slumping section after “The Gas Face” by 3rd Bass.

This week’s Stock Watch is Jay-Z themed with the rapper holding a series of concerts in Brooklyn. Victor Cruz will certainly approve since he threw up the Jay-Z Roc diamond hand sign after celebrating with a salsa touchdown dance against Philadelphia on Sunday night.

“SWAGGA LIKE US” (streaking)

RB David Wilson –- He may be getting scarce touches on offense but he’s certainly making an impact as the kick returner. He had returns of 36, 48, 45, 53, 23 and 37 yards (the 48-yard return was brought back for holding) against the Eagles and has caught Tom Coughlin’s attention now.

WR Domenik Hixon –- Returning after missing a game due to concussion, Hixon had six receptions for 114 yards with Hakeem Nicks out. Eli Manning trusts Hixon and often throws his way to give the receiver a chance to make a play. Manning targeted Hixon 11 times, second only to Cruz’s 13 targets.

CB Prince Amukamara/S Stevie Brown –- In his first start, the Prince did a solid job. He had one knock down and helped hold Jeremy Maclin to just one catch. The Giants need the Prince to be big with so many injuries in the secondary.

Brown did a nice job starting in place of the injured Kenny Phillips. He had seven tackles, two for losses. Tyler Sash is back this week but Brown has earned a role

“HARD KNOCK LIFE” (slumping)

Hakeem Nicks' health –- Nicks is a beast when healthy. And that has been the problem. He has missed two straight games due to either his surgically repaired foot or swelling in his knee. Coughlin says he’s not sure about Nicks’ status and said that Nicks’ knee did not improve over the weekend. Stay tuned for updates on Nicks as the week progresses.

The running game -– Ahmad Bradshaw returned but the Giants were only able to rush for 57 yards. Bradshaw played on 58 out of 85 offensive snaps but Andre Brown only saw nine snaps. Bradshaw finished with 39 yards on 13 carries and Brown gained 14 yards on just five carries.

The Tuck Bow -– We’re still waiting for Justin Tuck to get his first sack of the season and deliver his sack celebration bow. Could this be the week against Cleveland?
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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