Nicks got less publicity this year, but he was just as important to the team's success.
The New York Giants had a big ol' lump in their collective throat last week when star wide receiver Hakeem Nicks broke a toe in an OTA workout.
Nicks, who racked up nearly 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns for the Super Bowl champs last season, insists he'll be ready to go when the Giants open the 2012 season against the Dallas Cowboys on a Wednesday night on national television.
"I don't have any doubt," Nicks told reporters when asked if he thought he'd be ready to go a little more than three months after his injury.
Nicks has talked with several Giants teammates who have suffered a similar injury, with a mixed bag of results. Prince Amukamara missed most of the regular season last year with the same injury. Fellow receiver Domenik Hixon needed three months to recover when he suffered the injury before his rookie season, which would put Hicks on track.
The Cowboys did all they could to bulk up their secondary in the off-season, signing free agent cornerback Brandon Carr and trading up to draft LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, as they will both join a disgruntled Michael Jenkins as the anchors of the secondary.
Nicks' foot will have a big say in just how big of a test the new unit will get in its season opener.