Nicks doesn't miss a step in return vs. Pack

November, 26, 2012
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Hakeem NicksRich Schultz/Getty ImagesHakeem Nicks lunges over Green Bay's Davon House for a touchdown in the third quarter.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Hakeem Nicks looked like, well, Hakeem Nicks on Sunday.

The fourth-year wideout had a team-high five catches for 77 yards in the Giants' 38-10 win over the Green Bay Packers -- including a 13-yard touchdown catch, the lone score of the second half.
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AP Photo/Julio CortezHakeem Nicks signals his 13-yard touchdown catch, the game's lone score of the second half.


More importantly, Nicks said he feels like he has his speed back, after struggling with foot and knee injuries for most of the season. "Yeah, it’s back," when asked about his burst.

Nicks posted back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2010 and 2011, with more than 75 catches each year, and 18 total touchdowns. But entering Week 12 against the Packers, Nicks' numbers were much more modest: 36 catches for 465 yards and one score.

Take out his monster game against Tampa Bay in Week 2 -- 10 catches, 199 yards -- and Nicks has really been off his game, even when he's been able to take the field.

But appears the bye week was just what the doctor ordered.

"I feel more and more like myself," Nicks said. "My body was well-rested over the break. I felt like I ran the best I ran probably since Week 2 of the season."

That's great news for Nicks, and for Big Blue.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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