There’s been a lot of speculation of why WR Hakeem Nicks has not shown up at any of the Giants’ voluntary OTAs this spring. Some feel it’s about money, while other believe the star wideout is concerned about his health.
Well, one leads to the other in this case.
If you recall, Nicks broke a bone in his foot during drills during an OTA last season. He struggled all summer to make it back to the field, and when he did, he injured his knee and was never 100%.
This season, Nicks is taking no chances. He is eliminating the chance of injury by not doing anything more than he has to. With this being his contract year, he must stay healthy to cash in with a deal suited to his talents.
While the Giants claim they thought Nicks would be at OTAs, Mike Florio of PFT writes that Nicks notified them he was skipping the drills:
Per a source with knowledge of Nicks’ situation, the first-round pick who’s entering the final year of his rookie deal told the team he wouldn’t be present for optional offseason workouts. Coach Tom Coughlin, however, claims he wasn’t informed that Nicks would be choosing not to participate.
We know Nicks is a key to the team’s offense. Last year, he missed three games and was hobbled for most of the other 13 he dressed for. As a result, defenses ganged up on Victor Cruz reducing the Giants’ passing attack and taking away the deep threat.