New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks Returns To Team Facility, WR Saga Isn't Over

Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Eli Manning at Practice
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According to NFL.com, the long-absent Hakeem Nicks, who is one of the New York Giants‘ star wide receivers, has arrived at the team’s minicamp.

The news broke when Giants’ punter Steve Weatherford tweeted out a photo of Nicks present at the team’s facility.

With Nicks at the facility, Eli Manning gets one of his most famous targets back — a weapon that has accounted for 255 receptions and 3,726 yards since his rookie year in the 2009 NFL Season.

To put that that in a percentage, Nicks has accounted for 22 percent of Manning’s passing yards during the course of the past four years.

The only Giants’ receiver to claim a greater yardage percentage is the still-absent Victor Cruz, who has caught 30 percent of Manning’s total passing yards over the course of the last two seasons.

Hence, the Nicks saga has — for the time being — concluded. But the Giants woes at wide receiver have yet to diminish. Cruz, who — as stated prior — has accounted for 30 percent of the Giants’ offense, holds a percentage of passing yard accountability that is among the NFL’s elite pass catchers.

Andre Johnson — since 2011 — has accounted for 32 percent of Matt Schaub’s passing yards. Also, Calvin Johnson has reeled in — roughly — a mere six percent greater amount of yards than Cruz.

Needless to say, head coach Tom Coughlin can ease his concerns about Nicks. However, the Giants’ widely publicized wide receiver saga is far from over. Collectively, Nicks and Cruz account for over half of the Giants passing offense — the majority of the established reception domination belongs to Cruz.

The Giants should be relieved that Nicks is in the building. But for New York’s offense to once again rank in the NFL’s top 10 in points scored, they must make Cruz happy and bring him into minicamp.

 

Jeff Nelson  is a New York Giants writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JNelson53_12, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.