New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks, who broke his right foot on May 24 during an OTA workout, revealed at the University at Albany this weekend that he intends to rejoin his teammates on the field in mid-August.
"There are definitely no setbacks; everything is going the way we planned, so we're just sticking to the things that the doctors and trainers told us," Nicks said before a group of reporters.
Nicks' return, should it come to pass as soon as he expects, would allow the G-Men to enter Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys armed with their lethal one-two punch at the receiver position.
Last season, Victor Cruz and Nicks amassed a combined 2,728 yards on 158 receptions, 16 of which were touchdowns. The Giants, due to Mario Manningham's departure via free agency, are in need of a reliable third receiver, which is a great problem to have considering how explosive quarterback Eli Manning's first two options are.
"We can go out there and do the same things, if not better than last season," Nicks said. "Guys are focused, guys are determined. The guys are ready to take on a new role this year.
"Whether it be a leader or coming in to make big-time catches in clutch situations, guys are looking forward to making a step."