Everything was in place for New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to pull off a monster year. He was finally supposed to be fully healthy, as he entered into a contract season. Unfortunately for the Giants, the puzzle pieces simply didn’t fit into place.
Nicks looked like a shell of his old self, severely lacking explosiveness and failing to gain any separation from his defenders. He went the entire season without catching a single touchdown. He also finished with just 56 receptions for 896 yards, which is hardly the kind of numbers you expect from a No. 1-caliber receiver.
The coaching staff joined the rest of us, as they were puzzled by Nicks’ lack of production on the field. However, just this week, some light was shed on the situation and it turns out Nicks and Eli Manning were not the only ones not on the same page. Reports have been released claiming the Giants fined Nicks this season. More than once. Apparently, the fines were due to Nicks being consistently late and also missing treatments for injuries.
To most, Nicks’ poor play was a mystery. There was speculation that Nicks was nursing some injuries that were slowing him down. Others simply believed that past injuries had finally taken their toll on the wide receiver. It was all hard to fathom, considering Nicks is only 26 years old (he turned 26 a week ago) and had tremendous success in 2011, the last time he was really healthy. But, while he may have been playing through some minor injuries, it simply seems now that Nicks was already mentally checked out.
It doesn’t look as though the Giants will bring Nicks back. In his five seasons in New York, he provided thrills that will forever live in the minds of Giants fans. However, all the evidence now points to his career in New York coming to an end.