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5.8 WR Hakeem Nicks

Re: first day oc minicamp

A:  Pretty good.  Everything I anticipated, I feel like we were out there flying around, having fun, playing football.

Q: Were there any butterflies, anxieties?

A:  No, I don't think there was any of that for me.

Q:  What did you think of Coach Coughlin in your first meeting?

A:  I think he is a good coach.  I had a very great first impression.  I am happy to play for him; looking forward to the season.

Q:  Are you like a sponge right now, trying to absorb everything, trying to figure out what is going on?

A:  No, I feel like that is going to come naturally.  But I just want to find my role, whatever that would be, and just perfect that.

Q: You are the only guy out there taking a picture with a game jersey after practice was over.  Everybody knows who you are and all of the other players know who you are.  Do you feel any pressure at all coming out there as the number one guy and did you feel like you had to show something big today to let everybody know that you were worth the pick.

A:  No, I didn't feel any pressure at all.  I just want to go out and play the game that I have been playing – do what I have been doing to get me up to this point.  Nothing is guaranteed … I have to work hard for my spot.  That is what I am looking forward to right now.

Q:  Do you feel you have to be yourself or do you worry at all about that "I have to be the guy to replace Plaxico Burress"?

A:  I just have to be myself; that is what got me here. 

Q:  Folks have talked to you about another North Carolina guy that came here as a number one – Mr. Lawrence Taylor.  Not bad shoes to fill, you are not playing defense but there is a little bit of North Carolina history here.  How do you feel about that?

A:  I feel good about it.  Like I said before, I'm very excited about being here; looking forward to the season.

Q:  How about walking on the field here and getting a look – no one in the stands, obviously, except a few of us but it is Giants Stadium and you know what has gone on here, I'm sure.  How does it feel being out there on that field?

A:  It was a great feeling, something that I was definitely looking forward to and I finally got here.  It is a very good feel.

Q:  The Coach mentioned today that he liked the fact that you caught the ball today.  Did you have any drops at all today?

A:  No.  That is what is in my job description – a wide receiver to catch the ball -- and that is what I do.

Q:  Do you take pride in that as far as in practice and things like that – making sure the ball stays in your hands?

A:  Yes sir. 

Q:  Was it the first seven on seven that you got behind the guy plus one other time you got deep. Is that a sign of what you can do.

A:  I feel like I have an all-around game.  I do want to contribute the best way possible. 

Q:  It is good to know that the first play you can get…..?

A:  It is good to know but at the same time there is great competition all around now.  So I just want to keep going hard at what I do.

Q:  Most scouts and your college coach talked like you are NFL ready.  Do you feel that your are?

A:  I feel like I am ready for the next step.  But at the same time nothing is going to be given to me.  I still have to work hard for everything.  I don't think anything is going to be put right in my hand.  I don't expect it to.  I just want to continue to do good at what I do and just perfect it.

Q:  They are looking for a playmaker……they don't seem to have one right now.  You seemed to be able to do that in college.  Is that something that you can bring to this team?

A:  I feel like that is something that I can bring once I find my role.  I have to solidify my role first and just take it one step at a time.

Q: What do you think of the other rookie draft pick receiver, Ramses Barden?

A:  He is a great athlete.  This wasn't my first time meeting him.  We have met up about two times before.  We met at the Combine and we were in a skills challenge on ESPN.  So I have gotten to know him pretty well.  He is a great athlete, looking forward to playing with him.

Q:  Anybody give you any advice about New York?

A:  No, not really.  I just know it is the city life.  You have to just get to know how to maintain and stay focused.

Q:  It is only day one; first practice. But what do you know now that you didn't know six hours ago?

A:  I feel like I have been prepared up to this point.  I feel like I have been groomed very well leading up to this point. So there weren't any surprises.

Q: Is there anything that you feel you have to improve on in you game?

A:  There is always room for improvement.  That is what practice is for.  You go out there every day, work hard at what you do and it shows in the game.

Q: Is there one thing in particular you need to improve on?

A: No, anything in general.  I feel like I can get better at catching the ball; I feel like I can get better at route running.  Whatever I feel like I can do to improve to help the team.

Q:  So many rookie receivers over the years have gotten hurt in their first training camp - most of the time it is usually attributed to over running during the Combine process and Pro Day stuff.  I know you had the hamstring already.  Is there anything that you are doing to keep an eye on that and make sure that you don't suffer the same fate?

A:  Just keep doing what I have been doing to get me up to this point.  Staying healthy is definitely a focus going into camp.  But I feel like I will be fine.

Q:  You hamstring feels good?  No issues at all?

A:  …………………….

Q:  Just taking a step back and saying it is over with and now ……

A:  The last two weeks have kind of been fast and slow at the same time.  I was anxious to get up here.  Now I'm here and I'm ready to just go out there and play football.

Q:  Do you feel like the pressure was off – you were the number one pick?

A:  Yeah, of course the pressure was gone once I finally heard my name called.  I'm glad to be where I ended up at and I'm ready to get it done.

Q:  What impression do you want to leave with the coaches so that after these two days are done and they start talking about you, what do you want them to say about you?

A:  That I have done some good things.  I feel like the way I carry myself, ………it will be positive feedback.

Q:  One thing they were saying about you was that you knew all of the positions at North Carolina, you lined the other guys up.  Is that something you really worked at is getting to know the offense; knowing the whole thing?

A:  Yes, in my opinion, you have to know what everybody is doing on the field.  That is just the game of football.  Me being the leader by example, on and off the field; on the field especially, I want to make sure everybody is doing what they are supposed to be doing.

Q: What does it mean to be a New York Giant?

A: It means a lot.  I'm happy to be here; franchise team.  I'm just excited about being here.

Q:  How much of an advantage is it for you that you played for a pro coach in Butch Davis?

A:  I feel like it is a slight advantage.  The offense that I came from was similar to what we run now so I don't think it is going to be a hard transition for me from one playbook to the next but it is going to take a lot of time and effort in the playbook.

Q:  Is the first time you have been to the New York area?

A:  Yes.

Q:  What are you impressions of the area?

A:  I like it.  I'm ready to make it home.

Q:  What do you like?

A:  The atmosphere.  I'm ready to make it home.

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