After no-showing organized team activities (OTAs) and team physicals on Monday night, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was one of the early arrivals to New York Giants mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday. And not only will he take his physical with the team, the former UNC star will also practice.
And perhaps in preparation for his career after football, or his upcoming attendance at the NFL's Broadcast Boot Camp, it was punter Steve Weatherford — not the beat writers — who broke the news of Nicks' presence at Timex this morning.
Nicks' absence during OTAs remains a mystery, with neither he, nor his agent, Peter Schaffer, willing to discuss why he no-showed. However, head coach Tom Coughlin said he had been informed by Nicks that he would show up at "some point," despite the Nicks camp claiming they had informed the team previously that he would not attend. In other words, it's a lot of he said/she said playing out in the media.
With all of that now out of the way, Coughlin can have his meeting with Nicks to determine the cause of his absence and Eli Manning can resume practicing with his No. 1 wide receiver. And, of course, this also prevents Nicks from being fined a maximum of around $66,000 (if he would have missed all three days of camp).
One down, one to go.
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