Nicks Reports To Giants Minicamp
By Nate Woelfel
After choosing not to attend any of the New York Giants’ optional workouts, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks reported to mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.
Nicks surprised head coach Tom Coughlin and many of his teammates when he was a no-show at OTA’s. Though he was in attendance Tuesday, he did not offer any explanation for his absence over the previous weeks.
"I never want to be detrimental in any kind of way to this organization," Nicks said in an interview. "The guys tell me they don't feel like it was too much of a distraction. I took care of what I needed to take care of and I'm here now, that's all that matters."
The veteran wide receiver, who chose to workout in North Carolina instead of attending the voluntary training sessions at the Giants facilities, told ESPN that he spoke with general manager Jerry Reese about his absence after finding out about Coughlin’s feelings on the matter.
Nicks broke his foot during OTA’s last year. He is also in the last year of a five-year $12.54 million deal with the team. He would not confirm if either played a role in his decision to sit out of OTA’s.
Had Nicks failed to appear at minicamp, the Giants could have fined him for every day he missed.