HAKEEM NICKS, GIANTS BACK TO WORK AT MINI-CAMP
Added by Vin D'Anton on June 12, 2013.
By: Vin D’Anton
Thank God that’s over. Hakeem Nicks showed up to mini-camp yesterday and for now, half of the Giants wide receiver issue is over for 2013.
I told you last week that Nicks is more vital to the success of Eli Manning, just based on his size and ability to go up and snag the ball from a defender. Nicks not showing up last week caused a ruckus to say the least, and Nicks pointed the finger at guess who? The media.
“That’s your job,” Nicks said to a reporter. “You all have to do what you have to do.”
Maybe if you gave an explanation they wouldn’t have to ask you questions like that. Nicks was short with the media, giving short answers when asked about the reason for the absence.
“I’m not here to talk about that,” Nicks said. “I’m here to talk about me being here right now, so that’s what I’m doing. I’m here. I’m happy to be back around my teammates.”
Nonetheless, he’s in camp and he and Eli can get back to work.
“It’s always a pleasure being out there with Eli and the guys,” he said. “It feels really good to be back around my teammates and being in the locker room for the mini camp. I’m excited about it.”
For Eli, you would think he would be relieved…not so fast.
“I don’t know if it’s a relief,” Eli said. “We have three days of practice and we haven’t had a practice yet, so I think we just have to continue going about our business as we’ve been these last few months and all we can do is go out there and keep trying to get better, keep working on our offense making sure everybody is doing the right things, in the right spots and having success.”
Other than his hands, one thing that has been consistent with Nicks is his injury issues and he addressed those issues no problem.
“I’m healthy,” he said. I’m feeling really good. Go out there and run around a little bit. The knee is feeling good. I’ve been doing everything up to today. We haven’t talked about what I’m going to do yet so far in this mini camp, but I’m going to talk to Coach (Tom) Coughlin and then I’ll talk to the trainers and then we’ll take it from there.”
Nicks was even asked about Victor Cruz, and is answer leaves me scratching my head.
“That’s his situation,” Nicks said. “I talked to Cruz. He’s doing good. His mind is in the right spot. He understands the business side of it. He understands the game as well, but he still loves this team and he still wants to be here.”
If his mind was in the right place, than he would be in camp like he apparently “wants” to be.
While Eli will tell you it will take sometime for he and Nicks to get back on the same page, I think that’s just classic Eli saying the norm. Eli can play with any receiver and Nicks has been there long enough to pick things up fast. If you were to tell me that we would have just Nicks and no Cruz for Week One, I’d be just fine with that.
Nicks’ presence will get Louis Murphy and Brandon Myers open deep down the field, which then opens up the running game. No need to fret; the Giant will find a way.