Last year’s contract year didn’t go so well for receiver Hakeem Nicks. This year’s contract year isn’t off to a stellar start.
Per Tom James of the Terre Haute Tribune-Star, offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton didn’t exactly rave about the former Giant.
“I don’t know if I can say that I’ve seen enough,” Hamilton said. “I think he is still working to get himself in game shape. His talent is well documented and his ability to be a productive receiver in the league is without a doubt something that we are not questioning, he’s a special talent.”
The talent is undeniable. But how can Nicks not show up for the most important training camp of his life in game shape?
Nicks’ performance has taken a dip in the last two years, with no touchdowns scored and 896 receiving yards in the final year of his first-round rookie deal in New York. He signed a modest one-year deal with the Colts in the hopes of hitting the market again, and striking it rich, in 2015.
With T.Y. Hilton coming in to his own and Reggie Wayne recovered from a torn ACL and the Colts perhaps not planning to use three-receiver sets on an extensive basis, Nicks could have a hard time getting to the end zone this year, because he could have a hard time getting on the field.