On Saturday, the Indianapolis Colts hosted the New York Giants. This contest marked the second time in two consecutive years, that these teams had met up in the NFL Preseason. The Giants ended up making an impressive 27-point comeback win, but the biggest story may have been about one of their former players.
The Giants drafted WR – Hakeem Nicks in the 1st round (29th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. In five season with the Giants, Nicks only missed 10 regular season games. In 2013, Nicks had nearly 900 receiving yards, but scored no touchdowns.
For some reason, the writing was on the wall. The New York media (and even other teammates) commented that Nicks may have slowed himself down, because he was in a contract year. Subsequently, the Giants let the wide receiver go, and he was eventually picked up by the Indianapolis Colts.
Last Saturday marked the first time the Nicks had the chance to face his former team. Not only did the wide receiver not slow down, he seemed to speed up. The Indianapolis starting offense blew the doors off of New York, even though the Giants ended up winning the preseason game.
Nicks lit his former team up for 53 yards on 5 receptions, with an average of over ten yards a catch. Nicks also had a 36-yard reception called back, due to a silly taunting penalty, as he waved to a New York defensive back, while he was running out-of-bounds. Nicks was targeted five times, and was by far the biggest highlight of the night, overall.
The Colts were without WR – Reggie Wayne, as well as WR – T.Y. Hilton. The Colts may have lost the game against the Giants, but their effort on Saturday seems to show that this team may have one of the most dangerous starting offenses in the league this year.