NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hakeem Nicks has entered the building.
The wide receiver was a head-scratching no-show for all nine of the team’s voluntary offseason workouts. Well, things got mandatory on Tuesday as the Giants opened their three-day minicamp.
Giants punter Steve Weatherford broke the news when he tweeted a picture of Nicks in front of his locker at New York’s training facility.
Nicks’ agent, Peter Schaffer, has denied his client skipped OTAs because of a contract issue.
Nicks said he spoke with coach Tom Coughlin on Tuesday morning about his absence, but he would not disclose why he didn’t attend the organized team activities despite being pressed by a horde of media around his locker.
The 25-year-old Nicks is entering the final year of his contract. He is coming off an injury plagued season that started when he broke his right foot in an OTA last year and hurt his left knee in the second week of the season.
A 1,000-yard receiver in 2010 and 2011, Nicks had 53 catches for 692 yards and three scores last season.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Monday that he was in contact with Nicks via text messaging.
“Hopefully he is here tomorrow,” Manning said while attending a charity event, according to ESPN. “I expect him to be there tomorrow, so we’ll see.”
Wide receiver Victor Cruz also sat out OTAs, as expected. Cruz has been seeking a long-term deal with New York.
“Victor has to get his business handled so he can get back to work,” said Manning.
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