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I know that everyone will be nervous about Hakeem Nicks' injury, but isn't it possible to look at this situation in a positive light? Won't Hakeem's set back provide valuable reps with the Wide Receiver backups who would not normally see the work load this early? Couldn't this injury make our receiving depth that much better come the regular season?

Dear Ben: *
*Well, that is certainly looking at the bright side. Clearly, the one benefit to Nicks breaking his foot is that backup receivers will get significantly more work in the spring drills, minicamp, training camp and preseason games. Presumably, that will accelerate their learning curve and put them in position to make more significant contributions faster than they would have had Nicks not gotten hurt. That can only help. But let's not gloss over the fact that the Giants' most talented receiver broke his foot. The backup receivers should improve while he's sidelined. But the Giants need a healthy Nicks in the lineup as soon as possible.

I may have missed some public pronouncements, but I'm wondering about Will Beatty's eye health. How's he doing?

Dear Dennis:
*Beatty has been a regular participant in the Giants' offseason conditioning program. He hasn't participated in the OTA practices, but is confident he'll be all in later this spring or in training camp.

*Do you think David Wilson will have a good year backing up Ahmad Bradshaw or do you think Wilson be good enough to take over the starting job.

Dear Jerald: *
*Based on the little I've seen of Wilson on the field thus far, I think he has the talent to be the Giants; starting running back. But I don't think he will be. Bradshaw is a tough, productive back who has earned his standing as the team's No. 1 back. If he can stay on the field – and he has had issues in the past – he'll be the starter. So the answer to your question is yes, I do think David Wilson will have a good season as Bradshaw' backup.

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