Jets vs Giants: Hakeem Nicks Goes Wild | Player Rankings
In the battle of New York we saw a very productive game from rookies on both the Giants and the Jets. Both Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks were first round pick in April and to see them have good nights can only make fans feel good going into the season.
Hakeem Nicks Busts Out Big
This offseason has been a slow one for Hakeem as he came into camp over weight and had a tough time getting adjusted to the pro camps. At the start of the preseason Nicks didn’t get into the first contest against the Panthers until the end of the game.
In that game while plays were designed to get the ball down the field to him he didn’t make much happen and had only one catch for 9 yards.
Last week was a little better as Nicks still only had one catch but it was for 55 yards as he flashed his abilities down the field.
This week Hakeem got to work for awhile on the first team with Eli Manning and than finished out the game with David Carr at quarterback. For the night Nicks exploded for 6 catches and 144 yards to go with two touchdowns.
This young receivers breakout night was no doubt highlighted by his 71 yard touchdown catch when he was streaking down the sidelines and beat coverage for the big play.
Hakeem won’t probably be a starter for the Giants but keep your eye’s on him as the season moves along. I like him better than the other receivers on this team because he not only has speed but he has very good size to get touchdowns inside the red zone.
Mark Sanchez Bounces Back with Solid Night
Last week until Mark’s final drive for a touchdown against the Ravens was a complete disaster. He was picked early in the game for a touchdown and than was almost picked again by Ray Lewis but he dropped the football.
Tonight Sanchez flashed the skills that made him a top five pick at this years draft as he was 13 of 20 passing for 149 yards and a touchdown pass. It looks like Mark also has a new favorite target as he found starter Chansi Stuckey on 4 catches for 69 yards and the touchdown pass.
Mark is going to start the season for the Jets as their opening day quarterback and I believe this is the right move for the Jets. Kellen Clemens should be a smart decision maker now that he is in his fourth season but he sure has not played that way.
If Clemens was not going to play mistake free football than the Jets are better of letting the rookie go through his learning curve.
Fantasy Football Information Writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com