Arguably one of the biggest storylines this offseason in New York was the health regarding top wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
Nicks was coming off an injury plagued 2012 campaign in which he played through lingering foot and knee issues, and there was a question whether his no-show at offseason workouts was due to his health or his pending contract negotiations.
All seems to be in the rear-view mirror, for now at least, as Week 1 rapidly approaches. And Nicks, who claims be as healthy as he can be at this point, said he and his New York Giants are ready to go.
"I definitely feel like I'm going to hit the ground running," Nicks said while speaking to the media Wednesday. "Full speed. Everything full speed. Week 1. It's time to go."
Of course, it's near-impossible to ignore the injuries Nicks dealt with last season, but the wideout made it clear he is as healthy as he has been in a long time.
Last year is last year, the receiver reiterated, and he is not looking back anymore -- only forward.
"My body feels extremely good. It's the best it has felt in a long time. I just have to make sure I keep going uphill," Nicks said. "Last year was (up and down). I was getting whatever I could get and trying to be the best player I could be dealing with those injuries. But that's in the past now. It's a new year. I'm not even going to dwell on that anymore."
Nicks' first test will come against a revamped Dallas Cowboys defense, a unit that switched from a 3-4 to a Tampa 2 under new coordinator Monte Kiffin. And if history has anything to do with it, Nicks is in good shape.
In seven career games against Dallas, Nicks has 37 receptions for 550 yards and four touchdowns. And he'll have an opportunity to add to that again Sunday night, regardless of scheme.
"You have to assume that they're going to try and throw something at us that they think we won't be able to handle," Nicks said. "We're watching, what we're seeing on film -- we're just going to go out there and play our game and make sure we play each play to the max, and go out there and take care of business."
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