New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks will undergo surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot. When asked if Nicks would be ready for the season opener, Giants coach Tom Coughlin told NFL Network: "It's going to be close."
This has predictably caused a whole lot of Giants fans to worry.
My twitter all of a sudden blowing up. Plz ?#dontpanic
- Rueben Randle (@RuebenRandle) February 14, 2012
Randle, of course, is the man who will, more than anyone, be asked to step up to replace Nicks. And we're here to tell you that the Giants are in a good position to handle Nicks' injury. Here are a few reasons:
1. Randle was essentially drafted to replace Mario Manningham, but he's a perfect option as an outside receiver. Victor Cruz can also play the slot or outside. With Jerrel Jernigan, Domenik Hixon and Ramses Barden also around, the Giants have enviable depth.
2. It's May 24. This couldn't have been timed much better. Even if Nicks doesn't make it back for Week 1, he'll be around when it matters.
3. Eli Manning knows how to deal with injuries and offseason departures. He can handle playing without all his weapons. Nicks has missed six games in three years. And we don't need to remind you how well the Giants survived massive injuries on defense last year.
4. New York drafted David Wilson in the first round so they would have two dynamic running backs. The Giants can focus on the running game early if they need to.