Entering Week 15 of the NFL regular season, the New York Giants are 5-8 and the offense isn’t producing effectively due in large part to the absence of big plays from star receiver Hakeem Nicks. In his contract year, the former UNC standout has failed to produce like in years past, which is week by week deteriorating his market value come 2014.
During the next few weeks, watch for Nicks to make a last minute effort to put up big numbers for the Giants to get his team to .500 and increase his potential payday in the coming months.
Looking into his five-year career, Nicks has compiled an impressive stat line including 304 receptions, 4,515 yards, and 27 touchdowns. While those numbers are certainty incredible, it is even more impressive looking into the fact that he is yet to record a touchdown this season.
After reading that you may be hesitant to deem Nicks a “star”, but don’t sleep on this guy. His ability to “go up and get it” is something each team desires in their wide receiving corps, and he will be a hot commodity in the NFL market.
Pairing that with the top-notch slot receiver in Victor Cruz should equal big time stats, correct? Well, it has in years past, but this season has been down to say the least. This may be due to the fact of injury from last season or the fact he wasn’t around during offseason workouts with Eli Manning, but for a player with the talent of Nicks that shouldn’t be a problem.
Now with just three weeks left in the Giants’ season, Nicks will be making a large push to increase his market value to not just Big Blue but to other teams across the league, regardless of if the Giants want to retain him.
Look for Nicks to pull in an impressive stat line that will turn heads of Giants fans in December.