Nicks, who has some soreness in his surgically-repaired foot, has “no doubt” he will be on the field for the NFC East battle.
“I know it’s for the better,” Nicks said of the decision to keep him out of practice. “I know they just want to take care of my foot. We don’t want any setbacks. It’s a big game, opening game of the season; I’m looking forward to that.”
Asked if Nicks will play against
Nicks, who broke his foot on May 24, spent most of training camp on the physically unable to perform list. He began practicing on Aug. 20 and played in the final preseason game last week vs.
“I just wanted to get my feet back under me a little bit,” Nicks said. “I got about 10 plays in, wanted to see how I was feeling back on the turf, instead of being out here on the grass. I got the feel of it, knowing what to expect. This game, I should see about 60 plays instead of 10.”
The Giants certainly hope so.
*One newcomer the Giants are counting on to elevate the team’s performance this season is wideout
The Cowboys also have a rookie they’re counting on in cornerback Morris Claiborne, the sixth overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Randle and Claiborne were teammates and close friends at LSU, which last season was undefeated before losing the BCS title game to SEC rival
“We’re really close,” Randle said. “We were roommates at one point.”
Because he is so familiar with Claiborne – who is
“I told them that he likes to quick-jab a lot,” Randle said. “I told them to prepare for that, get his hands off of you, because once he gets his hands on you he’s able to control you. That’s what I remember from practicing (against him). You have to get him to open up his hips because if he’s comfortable he’s going to be able to break on any route that you run.
“He’s strong. He may not look like it, he may look skinny, but he has pretty big arms for his size, and they’re very long, so just coming from experience and knowing what he’s capable of doing.”
“I think he’ll play a good game,” Coughlin said. “I think he’ll play well. He’s practiced well. He’s played well in the preseason. He understands what we’re trying to do. He certainly has matched up against outstanding receivers on the other side of the ball. He’s a very competitive guy, he’s looking forward to this opportunity and I think he’ll do well.”
Coughlin also said Coe will “probably” be targeted by the
“I’m not going to be oblivious to that fact,” Coe said.”I know a team like
*On Saturday, offensive lineman
“My agent called me and said they asked me to come back,” Petrus said. “It’s a great feeling, it’s an opportunity, a second chance, they still believe in me. They found enough in me to bring me back, now I’m going to make sure I bring my end of the bargain.”
Petrus said his second chance is a wake up call.
“I never go out there and take it for granted,” he said. “You have to go out there and work hard. I’m not out there going 50 percent or 80 percent. I try to go out there, and even on plays that I screw up on, I try to give it everything I’ve got. I don’t play with any regrets, it didn’t work out and they let me go, but they called me back. I still have to make some improvements, all players do. For me, just being in-tune with the minor, specific details, it all adds up in the end, it all counts.”
*Davis Love III, the captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team that will compete later this month at Medinah Country Club, and Mike Hulbert, one of his assistants, visited practice today. The golfers presented Coughlin and president and chief executive officer John Mara with USA Ryder Cup golf bags and passed out caps to numerous players and coaches.
*The Giants are 0-4 in season-opening games vs.
*The opener against
*The Giants have won five of their last six games against