Thursday, September 5, 2013
Big Blue Morning: Hakeem Nicks on track
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
Your daily morning check-in on news and notes about and of interest to the New York Giants
The news of the day: Remember this thing I wrote a couple of days ago about how wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was taking it easy and being extra cautious this offseason so as to be fully healthy for the games that counted? Well, in Ohm's injury notebook from Wednesday you'll see that Nicks heads into Week 1 feeling good and convinced his plan worked. And I timed that extra stretching he did with the trainer in that early part of practice Wednesday. It was five minutes, not 10. So either I exaggerated (been known to happen) or he didn't need as much work Wednesday as he did Monday. Either way, a healthy Nicks is good news for the Giants for however long it lasts.
Behind enemy lines: We had Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo on a conference call Wednesday, and I asked him about his new role in the weekly offensive game-planning. This came up after news broke of Romo's big contract extension in the offseason -- the idea that he'd be asked to be more involved in the meetings with the offensive coaches, and take more of a role in the offense's design. Romo said Wednesday that it has meant more meetings, but that he's enjoyed it. "Absolutely," he said. "I think that's one of the funnest aspects. Watching tape, getting film, grinding over it all week, coming up with an idea and a plan and different plays and situations, different things that are going to give the defense trouble. I can't imagine there being a more fun thing, really." To each his own, I guess. We'll see how it works Sunday night.
Around the division: You know I have resisted the Michael Vick-Robert Griffin III comparisons, but as the two get set to face each other on "Monday Night Football," Phil Sheridan points out that the biggest question of Vick's career has quickly become the biggest question about Griffin's: Can he keep himself healthy?
Around the league: The Denver Broncos and the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens begin the NFL season tonight in Denver. The Broncos are banged up on defense, but the Thursday night opener means Peyton Manning & Co. will have an extra three days to rest and prepare for their Week 2 matchup against Eli Manning and the Giants at MetLife Stadium.