Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said recently that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was “still working to get himself in game shape,” a comment that seemed to suggest Nicks was failing to make the most of the one-year prove-it deal he signed with the Colts this offseason.
According to a report from Josina Anderson of ESPN, that’s not the case. Anderson reports that a team source told her Nicks “seems to be on schedule with his workouts now” and that Hamilton’s comments were made in the context of training camp being a time to get into game shape. Nicks told Anderson that Hamilton told him the same thing.
“I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in … I came in weighing 209 when I was supposed to come in weighing 212,” Nicks said. “After Pep came to me to clarify, he said that he [meant] everybody’s getting into game shape right now–it’s the beginning of camp. He came apologizing to let me know he wasn’t just singling me out.”
Nicks also said that he hasn’t heard from Hamilton or anyone else that he isn’t performing well enough. He’ll get his first chance to show how he’s fitting into the Colts offense on Thursday night when he returns to the stadium he called home with the Giants to take on the Jets.