that’s my guy. That relationship can’t go sour. I felt where he was coming from. I should have done a better job at reaching out to him, but I’m here now and they’re excited to see me.” Nicks, who is returning from offseason knee surgery, insisted that he worked out in North Carolina and that he really didn’t miss much, since he is very familiar with the offense after four seasons. Most of the speculation about Nicks’ absence has focused on his contract and injuries. The Hakeem Nicks Authentic Jersey 25-year-old Nicks is entering the final year of his contract, which will pay him $3.7 million in 2013. There is no doubt he would like a new deal and money equal to what the Giants will probably give Victor Cruz , who is a restricted free agent and not at the minicamp. Cruz is looking for $10 million annually.
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Donning a royal blue Giants uniform with a matching fitted cap facing straight and tilted to the side Nicks joked about bringing hat swag into the locker room this season. He also took a playful jab at his quarterback, Eli Manning, when asked if the two-time Super Bowl MVP would adopt said hat swag. Eli is not a hat guy, Nicks said. Fitted caps aside, Giants fans would rather see Nicks wearing a football helmet come Week 1. RELATED: MOORE PROVING WORTH THE RISK FOR GIANTS Corey Sipkin/New York Daily News Hakeem Nicks does what has seemingly become his new summer workout plan: ride a stationary bike on the sidelines while his teammates practiced on the field Although hes missed just nine games in four NFL seasons, Nicks has yet to play a full 16-game schedule since being drafted out of North Carolina by the Giants in the first round in 2009. Nicks missed only three games in 2012, but his receiving yards (692), touchdowns (3) and yards per catch (13.1) were all career lows in a season plagued by lingering injuries to his left knee and right foot. Nicks is entering the final year of his five-year, $12.5 million rookie deal and could hurt his chances of landing a big contract if his 2013 numbers dont significantly improve. Im amped up for a big season, said a smiling Nicks. The receiver acknowledged that some people outside the Giants organization and in the fantasy football world were doubting his ability to come back and regain his pre-2012 form, but thats why you play the game. Everybody isnt going to be on your side, Nicks said. But I feel like the team, coaching staff and the whole organization is behind me, so I can just go out there, play ball and have fun this season. Nicks, who was a starter for the Giants team that won Super Bowl XLVI, has 255 career receptions for 3,726 yards and 25 touchdowns.
“I can,” Nicks said. “But I can’t talk about it. I got to go out and do it.” “I felt real good,” he added of his first few practices in camp before injuring his groin. “Honestly, I felt like I had my burst again, I felt like I was in and out of my breaks. I felt my timing was back with Eli the way it normally was.” Nicks isn’t sure if he will play in Saturday’s preseason opener at Pittsburgh. He said coach Tom Coughlin and the trainers will factor into the decision. Nicks knows some might be frustrated by the cautious approach this offseason. “I know the situation,” he explained. “I am the one wearing these shoes. So to all the fans, it is not about me being lazy or anything like that.
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Dirt says: September 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM What about keeping Brown on the active roster and cutting Diehl? The Calgary Stampeders wouldnt even sign Diehl. Hed be sitting on his couch no doubt. demo3356 says: September 11, 2013 at 6:43 PM Goat- not sure why you keep pushing this, it is an awful idea. No way ou waste something as valuable as temp P and a backup like Deihl. Brown is much more important than Deihl to this offense. Brown also is recovering from the 2nd broken leg on the same leg in ten months it would be asinine to rush him back a week or two early. 8 weeks is a good time and the extra week for the bye week is gravy. GOAT56 September 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM Demo look around the NFL and see how the temp IR is being used. The point isnt to use it for a great player the point is to use for someone you know will be on your roster.
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“We’re always talking,” Reese told USA TODAY Sports. “The most important thing for him is to come out and play great and the contract will take care of itself. We get contracts done when we can. But more importantly, he is trying to be smart about where he is physically.” Reese was asked if the Giants intend to lock up quarterback Eli Manning’s top down-field target for the long haul, a la Cruz or will they use the franchise tag? “We’ll see,” Reese said. “You always want your good players for a long time. Sometimes you can and sometimes you can’t do that. We’re hoping for the best.” Nicks had a monstrous postseason in 2011, with a club-record 28 catches, including four touchdowns, during the Giants’ run to their Super Bowl XLVI title. “Hakeem loves the big games,” Reese said. “When the lights come on, you can see the look in his eyes. He’s one of the most competitive guys I’ve been around.
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Can Nicks keep producing at a high level? Indications are yes. The Star-Ledger notes Nicks displayed ” a gear we had not seen all preseason ” against the Cowboys and showed why he’s a “special wide receiver” in beating Morris Claiborne for a 57-yard gain. Nicks averaged 12.4 yards after the catch, fourth-most in the league, and forced one missed tackle. Consider Nicks, who tied Victor Cruz with eight targets, a nice WR2 play against the Broncos in Week 2. Hakeem Nicks cracks century mark in opener by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com wide receiver Hakeem Nicks had just one 100-yard game last season.
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However, Nicks’ agent Peter Schaffer strongly denied that the wide receiver missed the practice because of contractual reasons. Schaffer said only he and Nicks were fully aware of the reason for the player’s absence and was unwilling to further discuss. Strictly speaking, Nicks didn’t violate any rules. OTAs are, after all, voluntary. However, in the lexicon of NFL, voluntary is a synonym for mandatory. Even if that’s an oxymoron. Joe Hart, left, goalkeeper for the English soccer club Manchester City, runs a route for Eli Manning. (AP) Then again, it doesn’t take a bunch of SAT words to get the point Nicks was making by not showing up.
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“I’m sorry that had to happen to them, especially at a critical moment in their career,” Nicks said. Nicks is at a critical moment in his own career. But he’s also the Giants’ top offensive weapon. The team needs to get him on the field to get in sync with Eli Manning and the other receivers. “I’ll be out there as soon as they let me,” he said. “I think in another day or two.” Tom Coughlin put a more specific date on the return. He said the doctors believe Nicks will be back on the field Tuesday, after the team’s next day off. “I think it will be a matter of making sure that I’m in shape, of which I have no doubt, and getting back into the flow of things,” Nicks said. “Me and Eli are always on the same page.
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I was taking whatever I could get and trying to be somewhat the best player I could be dealing with those injuries. But thats in the past now. This is a new year. Not going to dwell on that no more and its time to go. The season starts now. And Nicks is excited about it. No more being careful with injuries or taking it easy in practices. He wasnt even on the teams injury report today. Its gametime now, he said. Were opening the season up now.
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Steve Weatherford(@Weatherford5) June 11, 2013 Straight #scooping, son. So why was Nicks absent? Well he doesn’t really want to talk about it. “I’m here now and that’s all I’m going to talk about,” Nicks said . “I’m not really going to go back … it’s in the past already.” There’s been plenty of speculation, as CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora notes, that Nicks didn’t show up for the voluntary training session because of his contract status — the wideout is entering the final year of his deal. However, neither Nicks nor his agent, Peter Schaffer, have commented on whether or not Nick’s absence is contract related. Perhaps his absence was related to the injury he suffered last year? “That was definitely on my mind, but I can’t say that’s the reason,” Nicks said. It had to be a factor — Nicks broke his right foot at OTAs last year and as a result never really got back on track for the regular season.
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SMITH Giants take notice of Eagles super-fast offense Supportive of the player but unaccepting of the play. Thats the way Hakeem Nicks blended two differing emotions in his message Sunday night to David Wilson. Nicks and the Giants know they cannot bury Wilson, the second-year running back, after a terrible NFL starting debut. Wilson fumbled the ball away on his first rushing attempt of the season just as he did as a rookie a year ago and was stripped of the ball in the third quarter in what became a recovery and 27-yard touchdown for safety Barry Church. They were some of the defining moments in the Giants 36-31 loss to the Cowboys. Keep his head up, been down that road before, get ready to come back and compete, Nicks said, relaying his words to Wilson, but letting him know at the same time we cant have that right now. Were on the big stage right now, our goals for this season, got to eliminate the turnovers. The big stage proved too big for Wilson and he was benched after his second fumble. Unlike last year, when Tom Coughlin opened the doors of his doghouse and made Wilson sit there for several games, the Giants this time around need Wilson too much to sit him. They have no other running back with his talent and, incredibly, even his limited experience. DaRel Scott replaced Wilson and, despite some positive moments, was involved in the fateful fourth-quarter play when he was not able to handle a screen pass from Eli Manning, the ball glancing off Scotts body and into the hands of cornerback Brandon Carr for the game-deciding interception and touchdown return. The only other running back on the active roster is a rookie, Michael Cox. Can the Giants continue to give the ball to Wilson with no one behind him as a proven alternative? Most likely, the Giants will sign a veteran running back early this week, as after the first game whatever contract they hand out is not guaranteed for the remainder of the season. They will also have to keep giving the ball to Wilson, their 2012 first-round pick, and hope he holds onto it.