New York Giants' news and notes: Hakeem Nicks, Michael Boley, more

Hakeem Nicks - Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

New York Giants' news for Thursday.

Good morning, New York Giants fans! Here is your Thursday morning notebook.

Nicks Discusses Down Year

Giants' quarterback Eli Manning said earlier this week that practice time missed with injured players like Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw had impacted the offense.

NIcks had has the least productive season of his career. He has 53 catches, the lowest since he had 47 as a rookie. His other stats (692 receiving yards, 13.1 yards per catch, 3 touchdowns) are all career lows.

"I was injured this year, it happens in football. You can't control that aspect. You've just got to hope for the best, expect for the best, and play hard each and every day," Nicks said. "Coming off of a long season last season, get right back into it this season, and having a rough off-season, it is what it is. I just had to play with the hand that I was dealt. I'm not going to sit here and make excuses for it."

The fourth-year wide receiver said the foot he broke during the off-season is "still healing" and that he is hopeful he can avoid surgery on the knee that has troubled him most of the season.

Beckum To IR

The Giants have placed tight end Travis Beckum (knee) on IR and added cornerback Terrence Frederick to the 53-man roster for the final game of the season. Beckum, who missed the first half of the season on PUP due to knee surgery, played in four games without catching a pass.

Around the Inter-Google

Boley hopes to be back at LB in ’13 -
Michael Boley didn’t play much Sunday in Baltimore, leading to speculation he might not fit in the Giants’ plans for 2013.

Boley says he wants to return to play out the final year of his contract and then wants to remain even longer. A starting outside linebacker on last year’s Super Bowl winner, Boley hasn’t had an especially strong season.

"I’d hope so,’’ Boley said yesterday when asked if he feels he’s coming back. "I hope I’ve done enough. I love it here, I’d love to finish my career here. Hopefully get another contract here and play for some more years.’’

Giants playing for more than dignity -
When you play in a Super Bowl and win it, and a year later you are asked by your head coach to make the season finale a Pride Bowl, you better wake up and recognize that there isn’t only a season on

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