The Giants were pretty sure that wide receiver Victor Cruz wasn’t going to join the team at Wednesday’s organized team activity, but they expected Hakeem Nicks to be there even though he wasn’t slated to go 100 percent as protection against the knee injuries that limited him last season.
Nicks was a no-show, though, and that left Giants coach Tom Coughlin both unaware of the reason for Nicks’ absence and unhappy about it.
“I don’t know,” Coughlin said when asked where Nicks was on Wednesday. “He should be here.”
Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News spoke to Nicks at a charity event in Manhattan on Tuesday night, where Nicks said his knee felt “as good as it has in a while” and talked about stepping into a leadership role for the team this season. How those two things fit into his absence on Wednesday are unclear.
The workouts are voluntary so the team can’t take any punitive measures against Nicks, who is entering the final year of his contract at the same time that the Giants are trying to strike a long-term deal with Cruz.