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Giants Insider: Hakeem Nicks scorches, taunts old team

Tom Coughlin and Hakeem Nicks share warm greetings during reunion in Indy, but wideout gets a little chilly, waving to Trumaine McBride after catching pass in first quarter. ‘I didn’t like it at all,’ Giants cornerback says.Chris Howell/AP Tom Coughlin and Hakeem Nicks share warm greetings during reunion in Indy, but wideout gets a little chilly, waving to Trumaine McBride after catching pass in first quarter. ‘I didn’t like it at all,’ Giants cornerback says.



INDIANAPOLIS — Hakeem Nicks was once again a dominant receiver, stiff-arming defensive backs, making catches and doing some good old-fashioned trash-talking.


Except in the Giants’ 27-26 preseason win over the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night, Nicks was doing it for the Colts. The receiver made five catches for 53 yards against his old team, and late in the first quarter showed a little bit of exuberance sticking it to the squad that didn’t want him in the offseason.


With 1:25 to play in the first quarter, Nicks caught a pass, broke a Trumaine McBride tackle, then raced toward midfield. As he ran out of bounds, he waved at McBride, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. McBride followed with a little shove.


“I didn’t like it at all,” the backup corner said.


Still, most of the Giants were complimentary of their old teammate.


“It was a little weird,” said Victor Cruz. “I’m going to have to get used to that. But I wish him all the best.”


PRINCE’S ROYAL PAIN

Cornerback Prince Amukamara left the game in the first half with a groin strain and did not return, but he said the injury is not serious. If it gets worse tomorrow, he said, he will likely go for further tests, but he was encouraged in the second half, because he was able to do some light jogging.


Amukamara said he may have been able to return to the game, but he wouldn’t have been able to run at top speed or change direction. He added that he’s not concerned and “heck yeah” he will be ready for the regular-season opener next month against the Lions.


“Definitely not worried,” he said. “But I don’t want it to linger. So definitely gonna be smart about it.”


JOB GRAB

Last week, when the Giants tight ends were watching film, offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo told them, “You guys will never have another opportunity like this in your life.” He was talking about the wide-open competition at the position, with no incumbent starter, no high-priced free agent. Everyone had an even shot.


“When he said that, it really stuck with me,” Adrien Robinson said. “And it kind of lit a fire under me to go out and try to take it.”


Robinson may have done that with two outstanding catches on what became the Giants’ game-winning drive — back-to-back, over-the-middle grabs of 26 and 33 yards.


Though tight end Kellen Davis caught a touchdown pass a few drives earlier, Robinson’s grabs might have been the biggest plays by a Giants tight end so far.


“I knew I could do it, but I’m definitely relieved,” he said. “Now I feel like maybe coach will call some more plays my way. It’s definitely something for me to build on.”


INJURY REPORT

X-rays on tackle Charles Brown (shoulder) were negative, according to a source. . . . S Cooper Taylor left the game on crutches and wearing a walking boot on his left foot. Coughlin said he believed it was a toe injury. . . . DT Markus Kuhn, who briefly left the game, said his elbow was fine, Coughlin said. . . . LT Will Beatty (leg) and McBride (hip) made their preseason debuts. McBride said he felt “rusty” and has “some work to do.”





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