Cruz says Giants can succeed without Nicks

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The Giants have much to figure out this offseason, but one of the biggest challenges they’ll have will be deciding whether or not to re-sign receiver Hakeem Nicks.

Nicks, 25, is coming off a career-worst season for the G-Men, during which he caught 56 passes for 896 yards and zero touchdowns. With a well-documented injury history, there are many concerns about the young wideout who is expected to command a major contract as a free agent.

While his presence has certainly been a commodity to the Giants offense, fellow star receiver Victor Cruz believes New York would be just fine without him.

“He’s obviously been a big piece for us in the last years that he’s been with us,” Cruz said Wednesday, via the New York Daily News’ Ebenezer Samuel. “But I think we definitely always have the talent in our receiving room to be successful. I think that’s just a testament to how we drafted and how we got players to fit the mold to our offense. I think we can definitely be able to be successful if Hakeem has to move on. It’s something that we’re going to have to look at. And we hope not, but we’ll see how it goes.”

In three seasons together, Cruz and Nicks have combined for 6,406 receiving yards and 33 touchdowns. As a unit, the Giants finished fifth in passing yards in 2011 and 12th in 2012 before a massive decline this season with the duo together. Cruz may be confident in his teammates’ abilities, but it’s clear the Giants’ offense is much more successful when both men are on the field together.


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