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Hakeem Nicks to Roddy White: Super Bowl rings don’t lie

Victor-Cruz-Hakeem-Nicks-Super-BowlSunday’s game between the New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons will feature some of the best receivers in the NFL. Back in September, Roddy White made the argument that he and Julio Jones are a better receiving duo than Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. White downplayed Cruz’s abilities by labeling him a slot receiver and claiming that the “big boys play on the outside.”

Unsurprisingly, Cruz disagreed with White’s assessment and reminded the Falcons star that he has a Super Bowl ring sitting at home. Earlier this week, Nicks echoed his teammate’s remarks.

“Numbers don’t lie, or Super Bowl rings don’t lie, neither,” Nicks said according to the Star-Ledger. “So when you get (into) that battle about who’s the best, I think you just let your play on the field talk for you. You ain’t got to be talking with your mouth.”

Nicks and Cruz have combined for 126 catches, 1,656 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Jones and White have been slightly more productive with 140 catches, 2,137 yards and 12 scores. From a talent standpoint, this one is pretty much too close to call. I would personally prefer White and Jones to Nicks and Cruz simply because Nicks has such an extensive history of injuries. He has yet to play a full 16-game season in his four-year career and Tom Coughlin admitted that he will likely never be 100% healthy this season.

Aside from that, the Giants win this argument. White can argue that he and Jones are the best pair of receivers in the history of the game if he wants, but none of that matters until you win a Super Bowl.

Hakeem Nicks: Stats are for girls

New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has been battling knee and foot injuries all season long, and as a result he has not been able to provide much for Eli Manning and his team’s offense. The Giants have struggled on offense as of late, and one of the reasons has been Nicks’ inability to separate from defenders as he seems to always be either out or limited in practice while trying to keep the swelling in his knee at bay.

The fourth-year receiver has played in six games this season and has only 27 catches for 390 yards and a touchdown. But Nicks doesn’t want to hear anything about his stat line.

“Stats is for girls. It’s football, man,” he said Wednesday according to The Star-Ledger. “The season is going to be up and down. It’s about how you ride the wave and if you let it affect you. I know I’m a great football player, and we’re ready to make this run after the bye week.”

A team spokesman later clarified that Nicks was referring to a team slogan his high school coach used to use, which referenced the fact players who care about their own stats are only looking to impress the ladies. Does it really matter?

As someone like Alex Smith will tell you, stats can mean very little in certain situations. That being said, Nicks’ stats are indicative of the fact that he cannot remain healthy for any extended period of time. Without him on the field, defenders can hone in on Victor Cruz and make New York’s offense a lot less dynamic. Nicks can ignore the stats if it helps him feel better, but denial won’t help him contribute to the winning cause.

H/T Pro Football Talk
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Hakeem Nicks says the Giants aren’t spotlight hungry like the Jets

Every season, people debate whether New York is a Giants town or a Jets town. Considering the Giants have won two Super Bowls in the last four seasons and the Jets haven’t won anything since Super Bowl 3, there shouldn’t really be any argument. However, the Jets find creative ways to stay in the spotlight like appearing on Hard Knocks or Rex Ryan’s annual guarantees. According to Hakeem Nicks, littering the covers of the New York tabloids is less important to the G-Men than it is the Jets.

“Man it feels good (to be the kings of New York),” Nicks told WFNZ in Charlotte according to Sports Radio Interviews. “We look at it like the Jets…they can get the credit. They like being in the limelight. We feed off of our coach. Our coaches (say) don’t talk and play the game. I think that is what we feed off of. We know what we are capable of doing. We don’t gotta sit here and boost ourselves up. We’ll go out there and prove out on the field. That’s what we did.”

Tough to argue with that. The Jets are trying to win like every other team, but they remain relevant by constantly talking trash and guaranteeing wins. They continue to make themselves look dumb by popping off at the mouth and the Giants continue to succeed when it matters. For that reason, I have to agree with Nicks. I’d take “Giants Win Another Ring” as a headline over “Rex Promises a Super Bowl” any day of the week.

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Hakeem Nicks Does Dirty Bird After Touchdown, Jamal Anderson Not Mad

Hakeem Nicks did the Dirty Bird after breaking free for a 72-yard touchdown against the Falcons in the playoffs Sunday. The Dirty Bird was the trademark touchdown dance of former Falcons running back Jamal Anderson. Anderson did it all throughout the 1998 season, one where he rushed for 1,846 yards and 14 touchdowns while leading his team to a Super Bowl appearance.

While initially shocked at Nicks’ celebration — and possibly annoyed — Jamal came around.

“Btw, I’m not mad at Nicks. I Broke out the Dirty Bird in ’98, it’s trending on Twitter in 2012,” he tweeted (as pointed out by Shutdown Corner).

Nicks had 6 catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns, so he earned the right to celebrate. Mike Smith and his 0-for-3 mark on fourth downs deserved to be mocked.

For comparison, here is a look at Nicks’ and Anderson’s Dirty Birds:

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Matthew Stafford Dominates Wonderlic Test, Hakeem Nicks Bombs

Although I’m not much of a fan of the NFL combine, I have to say I enjoy when the Wonderlic scores come out. In case you’re unfamiliar with the Wonderlic, it’s a test that’s administered to judge mental swiftness of players. The test asks 50 problem solving questions in 12 minutes and one point is awarded for every correct answer. Vince Young notoriously bombed the test, getting an embarrassingly low 5. Based on the way his career has gone, a low score like that would definitely signal a red flag to me. Luckily for this year’s crop nobody scored that poorly. Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford stood out ringing up a 38 according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune. Mark Sanchez of USC scored a respectable 28. As far as positions go, the wide receiver crop certainly disappointed. Like 100% Injury Rate wrote, let’s just hope they can read these headlines:

Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech scored a 15, Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland scored a 14, and Percy Harvin of Florida scored a 12. Hakeem Nicks of UNC wowed everyone with an 11 … Jeremy Maclin of Missouri scored a 25, so he’s like the Einstein of this year’s receiving corps.

While it’s an excellent sign for a guy like Stafford where learning a playbook, thinking on the spot, and adjusting to defenses is absolutely critical, the Wonderlic is far less important for a receiver. Honestly, does it really matter how poorly Nicks scored when he can do this on the field? Brains certainly help in football, but that sort of thing is just about natural, athletic ability, excellent hands, and superior concentration. Let’s see if the Lions bite on Stafford based on the Wonderlic considering they might already be in contract negotiations with the first overall pick.