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Monday, August 27, 2012
Nicks expects to see snaps vs. Pats

By Mike Mazzeo

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks received some good news on Sunday.

“I’m supposed to be able to take some live snaps this week (against the New England Patriots on Wednesday night), that’s what coach told me when I asked him yesterday,” said Nicks, who has yet to play in the preseason because he’s still recovering from a broken foot. The doctors said the same thing, so that’s what I look forward to doing.”

Nicks said he felt 100 percent for the first time in practice on Sunday.

“I thought I had a good practice speed-wise as far as testing the limits,” Nicks said. “I was able to catch the ball a little bit, things are opening up a bit more.”

Nicks is champing at the bit to get back in a competitive atmosphere.

“I can’t wait to get some live action, knowing somebody’s gonna be hitting me after I catch the ball, so that’s what I look forward to,” he said. “In practice, ain’t nobody touching you. Being able to catch the ball, have to make a move and really turn it on a little bit before you actually have to play in the season-opener (against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 5) is good.”

Nicks thinks the rest he’s getting now should bode well as the season progresses.

“I got fresh legs. I feel like I can just run,” he said. “But I think it’ll help me later in the season rather than sooner. So hopefully late in the season my legs will be feeling somewhat fresh, better than what they’d be feeling normally at that time of the season.”

Nicks said that if the coaching staff decides to change his mind, “I won’t be disappointed. I’ll definitely understand.”

Nicks is coming off a season in which he caught 76 balls for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns. The 24-year-old will be entering his fourth season in the NFL.

He fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in May.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin was non-committal when asked about Nicks, saying, “We’ll see.”