Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

Defenses aren’t to blame for Hakeem Nicks’ lack of TDs

If Sunday’s game comes and goes with out New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks finding the end zone, it will be his first NFL season without scoring a touchdown. There has been some shock that one of the Giants best receivers hasn’t scored a touchdown yet.

On the season, Nicks has 54 catches for 846 yards, a solid season but he hasn’t found the end zone. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said, when asked, that defenses weren’t necessarily playing Nicks differently in 2013 and to blame for the lack of touchdowns.

“No, not at all,” Gilbride said,via the New York Daily News. “There’s been opportunities. It’s unfortunate. It just hasn’t worked out. Am I surprised? Yeah, no question.”

Quarterback Eli Manning said it just hasn’t worked out, but he is hopeful they can connect in the season finale and end the scoreless drought.

“We’ve had a few opportunities to hit some of the one-on-one stuff,” Manning said. “That’s kind of the way it’s turned out, and hopefully we can fix it this week.”

Fortunately they’re playing one of the league’s worst pass defenses when they take on the Washington Redskins in the season finale. The Redskins rank 22nd against the pass allowing 249.3 yards per game.

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  • Joseph Bulger

    I disagree with the over-simplification of this conclusion, as defenses certainly have made it more difficult for Hakeem to attain his typical level of performance. That’s because just about everything this offense has been unable to accomplish is directly or indirectly traceable back to the offensive line, and their inability to keep defenses off of Eli or enable a rushing attack. If Eli can’t execute 5 step drops because his line can’t sustain their blocks, then those plays are essentially removed from the playbook. DBs therefore know to bite on Nicks’ first move, because Eli won’t have time for Hakeem to get open with a second move. Play action has become a joke, as secondaries don’t even bite, instead daring the 31st ranked rushing offense to make the defense commit an extra player to the box, thereby loosening up the secondary. It’s the defense keeping him out of the end zone alright. That said, I would also assert Hakeem may have lost half a step this season. I remember him being a different player through the Tampa Bay game, when he sustained serious leg injuries. He fought though it, but favoring his knee put extra stress on his ankle. Now I’m thinking he’s just half a step off… but when he was “fast” he ran a 4.63 in his combine 40, so how quick is he now? 4.7? Worse? That would make him the slowest WR in the league, so separation becomes a real challenge, and throws off his timing with Eli. How many times has Eli overthrown Hakeem, and in replay we don’t see Hakeem’s extra gear to get to the ball?

  • marcos lee

    I say he’s through as a Giant!!!!!!!!

  • marcos lee

    For a guy who did a special on ESPN w/Cris Carter about his great hands….looks to me more like hands of stone!!!!!