The New York Giants have limped out to an 0-2 start this season. No matter the quality of their opponents, that's not a good sign for a team that is accustomed to sprinting out of the gate. At least on offense the team's problems are obvious: the running game has been ineffective and turnovers have been plentiful.
With 197 receiving yards in New York's first two games, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has been a bigger part of the potential solution than the problem, but he's just as desperate for the team to improve as anyone else.
"We have to stop doing, for one, the turnovers I think the turnovers can be nipped in the bud," stated Nicks. "We have to start creating more turnovers on defense. I think things are going to start going our way pretty soon. I'm confident in that and I think that everything will be okay."
It would be impossible for the turnover situation to get worse even if the Giants weren't addressing it. The team lost the ball ten times in just two games. That rate would be difficult to keep up even if New York was trying to give the ball away. Quarterback Eli Manning is more prone to turnovers than some of the game's top signal-callers, but the Giants have seen him play at an elite level before, and he's expected to cut down on the interceptions.
The running game is a little more complicated. While 2012 first round pick David Wilson is talented, he's still unproven as an NFL starter. Meanwhile, Da'Rel Scott was never supposed to be anything more than a part-time player and veteran addition Brandon Jacobs was supposed to be watching games this season. With star halfback Trent Richardson being swapped on Wednesday afternoon, you have to wonder if the Giants should have been in on the bidding. Nicks, however, is confident in the players who are in the locker room right now.
"I think it's something that we can definitely fix," said Nick of the running game, "Once guys get in sync, Jacobs gets in sync, David Wilson, those guys will do a good job in turning it around."
That would be a lot easier to believe if there was someone in the backfield who isn't either too inexperienced or too old. For now, fans will have to rely on Nicks' optimism and the leadership of Manning.