In the final year of his contract, a lot of people around football had very high expectations for Hakeem Nicks, but it has barely been a season to remember for the New York Giants number one wide receiver.
Nicks, who had battled injuries all during the 2012 and hampered his production last season, came into 2013 and while he has been healthy, has barely been the player the Giants were hoping, as he has 50 catches for 794 yards but no touchdowns in 14 games played; Nicks has yet to have a season in his five years where he has been held without a touchdown, yet he's in danger of having that happen in 2013.
With his work ethic on the field being questioned and his desire to remain in New Jersey being called into question as well, some have wondered if the Giants will even make a serious attempt to re-sign Nicks in the offseason and will simply let him walk away as a free agent.
However, there are two games remaining left on the Giants regular season schedule and not all is completely lost for the the 25-year-old former first round pick out of North Carolina, especially if Victor Cruz will be out for those two games. Cruz is dealing with a concussion and an ankle injury that he suffered against the Seattle Seahawks this past Sunday and he could miss the team's next game against the Detroit Lions, which would really increase Nicks' role in the offense without Cruz.
All of the normal plays and pass targets that Eli Manning would go to Cruz for, may end up going to Nicks, and it could give him a chance to show the league and the Giants that he is still a number one receiver, despite his numbers being more of a number two receiver this season.
These last two games may be a breaking point for Nicks in his future; as he is 206 yards away from hitting 1,000 yards receiving, something that could help his value on the market, but the no touchdowns scored this season is what has been hurting his value all year long, but with Cruz likely on the sidelines for the final two weeks, Nicks has been given a golden opportunity.
Maybe in the final two weeks, Nicks rediscovers his play-making ability and gives the Giants two great games where he goes for over 100-plus yards and finally gets into the end zone for a touchdown and really forces the hand of the Giants to either pay up in the offseason or have another team pay up for his services.
Up first for Nicks is the Lions, who have been prone to giving up a lot of points and yards, so Manning might be able to take advantage of the reeling Lions and find his number one receiver for several targets and catches this Sunday. If anything, Nicks has to hope so, considering his future in the NFL and potentially, with the Giants is counting on it.
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