They are embarking on perhaps the most brutal six weeks any team will have to endure this season. Without Nicks, the gauntlet may be dropped in front of third-year WR Ramses Barden, who the Giants drafted in a response to losing Plaxico Burress to the NYS Corrections Dept.
Barden took a boatload of snaps with the first team yesterday along with Victor Cruz since Nicks and Mario Manningham (illness) were on the sidelines.
Barden still needs to be activated but he says he will be ready when that happens, according to Mike Vorkonov of the Star-Ledger:
“It’s not something that we openly talk about but we have a tremendous amount confidence in our group and we have a tremendous amount of confidence in each other,” Barden said. “We know that if one of us isn’t available and then the next guy is one of the best receivers in the league, regardless of who it is because of the way we prepare, the way we practice and the way we study. Coach has done a great job of securing a talented group of young receivers."