Why wide receiver Hakeem Nicks missed Organized Team Activities (OTAs) remains a bit of a mystery, although speculation has been primarily focused on his contract and/or his fear of injury. What is known is that Nicks had a one-on-one meeting with head coach Tom Coughlin to clear the air before he reported to mandatory mini-camp.
To make up for the valuable time he lost by missing OTA's, Nicks took it upon himself to personally work out with Giants starting quarterback Eli Manning this past week and will look to do so again in the near future.
"We hooked up twice this week already and we’re going to do it again," Nicks said at his Verizon Football ProCamp at Dwight Morrow High School.
Nicks also told Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York on Thursday that he is running full routes, feels great and is "ready to go" for training camp and the preseason this summer.
The Giants No. 1 wide receiver dealt with injuries in 2012, as it cost him three games, but his production on the field was completely hampered due to a knee injury that poked its head in week two against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As a result, Nicks was held to just 53 catches for 692 yards and three touchdowns last year, which are way down from numbers he normally puts up.
Nicks is looking to 2013 as a crucial one in his career, as he is entering the final year of his contract that he signed when he was drafted back in 2009 out of North Carolina. Nicks will make $2.725 million this coming year and will be looking to get a huge payday and the Giants would like to get him locked up for the future, but they also want to make sure he stays healthy as well. Nicks knows how important his health is to getting that payday.
"It’s definitely big," Nicks said. "Talking about it can't even do it justice. Just got to go out there and do what is expected."
In the meantime, the Giants are still trying to work out a long-term contract for Victor Cruz, who was another holdout at the Giants OTA's, as well as their mini-camp this past month. Getting both Cruz and Nicks signed would be a great benefit to the Giants long-term success, as well as the success of Manning; something the fans, as well as the organization would love to have done.
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