Free agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks may have been cleared by doctors, but that doesn’t make up for his performance and effort this past season as a member of the New York Giants.
In his five years on the Giants, Nicks’ career has seen the highest highs and the lowest lows.
Nicks became a force for the Giants as soon as he stepped out onto the field his rookie season. In his first three years, Nicks caught 24 regular-season touchdowns and recorded two 1,000-yard seasons. He also went on a rampage in the 2011 playoffs, helping to lead New York to its second Super Bowl in five years.
However, Nicks may have just worn out his welcome in the following two seasons. Because of injuries and inconsistent play, Nicks failed to reach the 1,000-yard mark in either season and compiled a total of just three touchdowns. A once major play-making threat, Nicks didn’t find the end zone once in 2013.
In addition to his poor on-field performance, Nicks and the Giants coaching staff seemed to be on different wavelengths. Nicks claimed to be suffering through injuries and yet the coaching staff couldn’t account for his decline in production. Nicks was even benched for New York’s second game against the Dallas Cowboys, which had major playoff implications at the time.
Nick was once a hero for the Giants, but that time has passed. The best thing for both parties would be for Nicks to look for a change in scenery.
The Giants will need to find a replacement for Nicks, which they may try to fill with their first-round draft pick. If Texas A&M‘s Mike Evans falls to No. 12, look for New York to snatch him up.