According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network and NFL.com, WR Hakeem Nicks is “not expected back with the Giants. WR Hakeem Nicks is not expected back with #Giants. Besides disappointing play, he was fined multiple times by the team.”
Rapoport reported through his Twitter account (@RapSheet) that “Multiple sources tell me Hakeem Nicks was fined repeatedly for being late to meetings & missing treatment. He battled thru several injuries”…and…“Nicks is not the only player to be late & miss treatment. He’s not a bad guy. But in a contract year, this frustrated #Giants.”
John Fennelly, Lead WriterI’ve been saying this all year. Nicks is nowhere near what he was several years ago. Injuries have had a lot to do with slowing him down, but his work ethic and attitude have held him back as well. It’s a shame, but it looks like he’s played his way out of here.
John Mara, in his postseason address, intimated that Nicks was injured (“Well, he did not have his best year, but he played hurt all year also.”) It’s true that Nicks battled a groin ailment all season long beginning in training camp. He dislocated a finger in Week 2 vs Denver and jammed another one in the Giants’ Week 7 win in Minnesota. Down the stretch, the groin “was not considered serious” and an abdomen that kept him out of the second Dallas game may have sealed his fate with the Giants.
Nicks came into the season proclaiming that he was fit and he felt the best he’s had “in a long time.” But as Evan Silva of Rotoworld outlined at the beginning of the season, Nicks has suffered a plethora of ills from the day he was drafted in 2009…“two hyperextended knees, a concussion, bruised ribs, groin tightness, a left foot sprain, a hip flexor, a broken big toe on his right foot, and six hamstring strains…”
Another factor is Nicks did not participate in OTAs and that irked Tom Coughlin to no end. The coach stated that Nicks “must get better,” but he didn’t, going scoreless the whole season with only one target in the red zone. It has been well documented that Nicks has lost a step, does not get separation like he used to, has suddenly developed unsure hands and has become passive when fighting for the football.