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Victor Cruz pushing Giants to re-sign Hakeem Nicks

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When the Giants offense has been at its best in recent years, it has featured Hakeem Nicks winning battles on the outside often enough to draw extra defensive attention that would then open things up for Victor Cruz to do damage out of the slot.

That didn’t play out all that often in 2013. Nicks was injured at times and ineffective at others, leaving defenses to pay more attention to Cruz while they were pressuring Eli Manning by overwhelming an overmatched offensive line. The highlight reel touchdown catches and salsa dancing were replaced by interceptions, dropped passes and a losing season.

The Giants have responded to that by making several changes on their offensive coaching staff, but Cruz hopes those changes don’t extend to the receiving corps. Cruz wants Nicks back in 2014 and he’s let the Giants know how he feels.

“I have,” Cruz said, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “Selfishly, I would love for him to stay.”

Alas, you can’t always get what you want. The Giants aren’t expected to try too hard to bring Nicks back once free agency opens and the chances are good that Cruz will be working with a different partner come next season.

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18 Responses to “Victor Cruz pushing Giants to re-sign Hakeem Nicks”
  1. mykpfsu says: Feb 13, 2014 7:53 AM

    Looks like Cruz is putting more effort into Nicks’s season than Nicks did.

  2. kd75 says: Feb 13, 2014 7:55 AM

    Focus on rebuilding the OLine.

    Randall and Jernigan can pick up the slack is Nicks leaves.

  3. berniemadoffsides says: Feb 13, 2014 8:31 AM

    I think it’s best if both sides part. Just hoping he leaves division. I think he’ll be a Panther.

  4. albgiants says: Feb 13, 2014 8:51 AM

    I wish Victor would say less and focus on the game. Time to move on beyond Hakeem, let’s see what you can do Victor. Focus on your game

  5. xxsweepthelegxx says: Feb 13, 2014 9:02 AM

    No more double teams on Nicks….now you have a slot guy being paid like an outside guy. Good luck Victor

  6. pilot2011 says: Feb 13, 2014 9:15 AM

    I think Hicks would look nice playing next to Steve Smith and Greg Olsen

  7. billco6192013 says: Feb 13, 2014 9:45 AM

    soooo much talent in the draft this year.

  8. wishingtonredslur says: Feb 13, 2014 9:47 AM


  9. billco6192013 says: Feb 13, 2014 11:40 AM

    Reese you need talent on this team and kenny can turn that wr core into a serious threat with jj and Randle with Cruz wow.

  10. kev86 says: Feb 13, 2014 11:58 AM

    Nicks was one if my favorite players until I saw him play last year. He really hurt the team. I was really surprised and disappointed as a fan of #88 in 2013.

  11. richardmswartz says: Feb 13, 2014 3:23 PM

    Wide receivers have down years more than other positions. I’m an Eagles fan – and while I’m not too high on the Eagles bringing him in, I wouldn’t mind not seeing in blue him make plays against them anymore either.

  12. mhohmann says: Feb 13, 2014 5:12 PM

    Nicks quit on the team during the Cruz contract situation and it never turned around. Webster quit after he took a pay cut. Need new blood.

  13. bigbosscrispy says: Feb 13, 2014 7:23 PM

    It’s time for #88 to move on. I don think the giants have a legit #1 on roster at this point. JJ is a slot/#2, RR is a legit #2 and Cruz is a slot guy. Move up for Sammy Watkins baby!!

  14. jpherling says: Feb 14, 2014 11:10 AM

    Sorry, Victor. Ain’t gonna happen.

  15. billco6192013 says: Feb 14, 2014 4:48 PM

    The CB from titians Vermeer has 57 tackles and 5 pics and is a Free agent,young and talented

  16. billco6192013 says: Feb 14, 2014 4:52 PM

    Kenny Britt was also on giants radar when he got drafted.Poor man s Des Bryant and wants a second chance to make things right.these guys are cheap.

  17. billco6192013 says: Feb 15, 2014 12:22 PM

    A lot of free agents this year of quality

  18. buljos says: Feb 22, 2014 12:26 PM

    Nicks picked a poor time to test his value after tanking his contract season. I’m sure they’re considering FA James Jones who McAdoo knows very well and who has become expendable in Green Bay. In addition to signing a FA, this draft class is so deep with impact WRs who JR could land for a fraction of the CAP hit that Nicks would demand, even at a discount. JR will likely be in position over the three days to take an Odell Beckham, or Kelvin Benjamin, or Martavis Bryant, Marquise Lee, Jarvis Landry, Jordan Matthews, Donte Moncrief, Paul Richardson, Allen Robinson, Mike Davis, Brandon Cooks… Sign Jones, and then pick up a big 6’4″ rookie target like Bryant, or 6’5″ Benjamin and exploit their great leaping abilities in the end zone while they learn the complex read route tree scheme.

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