Giants add a savvy vet, sign Brandon Stokley

The New York Giants have gone out and found some help at the wide receiver position.

They’ve signed a crafty veteran to work the middle of the field as Brandon Stokley, the 35-year-old, has signed a contract, according to his agent Rick Smith.

Stokley provides Eli Manning with a dependable target in the slot, something every quarterback needs. Stokley was going to sign with the Washington Redskins but when they added wide receivers like they were going out of style, the plan changed. Now, he finds a situation where there is a need. He played for the Seattle Seahawks last season and caught 12 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns in two playoff games.

The 13-year-pro has done it all and he was chosen over T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who also received a workout.

The Giants are hopeful Hakeem Nicks will be available. He suffered a bruised knee in the season-opening loss at the Washington Redskins.

I knew if it was something that serious I wouldn’t be able to be as elusive as I was on it,” Nicks said, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “I wouldn’t have been able to make certain moves. I was still able to run in and out of my cuts, so I knew it wasn’t that serious.”

Nicks says he believes he’ll be able to play Monday night against St. Louis.

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