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Nicks Still A No-Show At OTA's

By Nate Woelfel



New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has skipped all four of the team's OTA's, to this point. Yet, the reasoning behind his absence remains a mystery. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks has skipped all four of the team's OTA's, to this point. Yet, the reasoning behind his absence remains a mystery. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks turned a few heads last week when he failed to make an appearance at the New York Giants first OTA last week.

Though the reasoning behind Nicks’ decision continues to be the subject of much speculation, it appears as though he doesn’t intend on making an appearance anytime soon.

The fifth-year man out of North Carolina was, once again, noticeably absent as his team took to the field for another voluntary workout Thursday. This marks the fourth practice that he has missed. 

It’s worth noting that Nicks, who recorded 53 receptions for 692 yards and three touchdowns a season ago, is in the last year of his contract with the Giants. His receiving yards and touchdown totals were both career lows.  However, Nicks’ agent Peter Schaffer, has denied that his client’s contract situation has anything to do with absence.

His coaching staff and teammates alike appear puzzled about the situation. 

"At one point, he came and told me he was going to be here," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin told the Newark Star-Ledger. "Then, he was not here. The strictest interpretation is everybody knows it's a voulntary program."

Nicks, who has spent his entire pro career with the Giants, is currently slated to make $2.725 million this season which is the last of a five-year $12.54 million deal.