Nicks has no doubt he'll play in opener

Hakeem Nicks might be optimistic about being back by the start of training camp. But he is certain he will be ready for the season opener against the Cowboys on Sept. 5.

“I don’t have any doubt,” Nicks said in a conference call with reporters.

Nicks said his surgically-repaired broken toe is feeling good and that he hopes to beat the 12-week timetable for recovery given by the team. The Giants’ top wide receiver underwent surgery on his fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot last Friday after suffering the injury last Thursday.

The Giants report to training camp July 26 at the University at Albany and Nicks might not be back until mid-August.

“The doctor said he had people come back as early as four weeks, six weeks to eight weeks,” Nicks said. “My goal is always to come back early. We just don’t want any setbacks.”

“I’m walking around pretty good right now,” added Nicks, who is in a walking boot. “It is still early. It is just a matter of me being patient and making sure I do all the right things and taking care of my body.”

Nicks said he will spend time in the film room helping out the receivers vying for the third wide receiver spot left open by Mario Manningham's departure. Here's a look at each of the guys who are competing for that spot and how they are doing so far.