Hakeem Nicks on his future: “I’m nowhere near finished, man”

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Injuries and ineffectiveness kept Hakeem Nicks from cashing in with the Giants.

And last year’s attempt to re-establish his market with the Colts didn’t work out quite as he had hoped.

Now, Nicks is hoping someone will give him another chance to prove himself.

I’m nowhere near finished, man, and I want to prove that to the world and everybody,” Nicks told Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports. “That’s definitely my mentality, but I don’t even want to talk about it. I feel like I got into that situation last year talking about it. I’m about to just go out there and prove it.

“I can’t even describe the feeling to you. It’s like a burning sensation inside of me. I just want to be the best. I know I have to work hard at it; it’s something that’s in me. It’s just in me and takes over me.”

It’s been hard to see lately, as Nicks had just 38 catches and four touchdowns for the Colts, a place where a wide receiver has a chance to shine.

He said he’s finally well after dealing with foot and ankle injuries since his time with the Giants, but admitted he didn’t handle his contract situation the way he’d hoped.

“I think that’s a fair judgment,” he said. “I won a Super Bowl at 23. The business side of things, I didn’t handle things the right way on my end. I can say that much. Being young and not having the proper understanding of things, that’s what I needed to go through to get to that understanding.

“I feel like I’m at a better place. I understand the game, I understand the business, and I’m a better person overall because of it.”

But the 27-year-old Nicks is a month into free agency, and hasn’t found much of a market. Nicks has visited the 49ers, and his agent said he has more visits lined up. His hometown Panthers are a perpetual possibility, as they’re still looking for options in the passing game (Greg Jennings was in for a visit recently).

But so far, Nicks is just waiting for someone to give him another chance.

31 responses to “Hakeem Nicks on his future: “I’m nowhere near finished, man”

  1. I can’t believe how he has just fallen off the map. His leg injuries really messed him up.

    He was on the verge of becoming a Star Player, and he is now a shadow of what he was, and he is still young at 27.

    He was a good citizen, and not a trouble-maker. I’d really like to know what happened between he and the GIANTS his last year there.

  2. If he couldn’t succeed in a pass heavy offense with a top 5 QB throwing to him then the odds are pretty slim he will ever be effective again IMO.

  3. The giants should pick him up on a cheap, one year deal like they did with Manningham. If he doesn’t workout then cut him but he still has the potential to be a WR2 next to OBJ. If anything they should bring him in for a workout to see if he can be a handcuff for Cruz until he heals. Nicks wasn’t featured in the offense last season four whatever reason. That alone hurt his production. He gained almost 900 yards in 2013. That’s a good WR2/WR3 if you ask me. Just not a top receiver.

  4. It’s wise for vets like Nicks, Crabtree, Jennings, Wayne & Welker to wait until after the draft. It’s another WR rich draft, like last year. Teams that miss out on the rookie crop will be more desperate for vet answers.

  5. It’s wise for vets like Nicks, Crabtree, Wayne, Jennings & Welker to wait until after the draft to sign their deals. It’s a WR rich draft. Teams that miss out on the rookies will offer better deals for the vets.

  6. Why do players always say they are going to show the world? The rest of the world doesn’t watch the NFL. Does the world really care if Hakeem Nicks isn’t done? Is there some kid in Siberia that Hakeem Nicks feels is doubting him?

  7. He can contribute to a team. He’s not a #1 but he can successfully play a role. It sounds like he’s matured and would be a good veteran fit for a team with too much youth at the position.

  8. Cruiser: I joined the army ’cause my father and my brother were in the army. I thought I’d better join before I got drafted.

    Sergeant Hulka: Son, there ain’t no draft no more.

    Cruiser: There was one?

  9. Best years are behind him. If you can’t succeed with Andrew Luck throwing you the ball, you’re in the wrong business.

  10. He had compartment leg syndrome in his second to last year with the Giants. Google it. Gnarly.

    That’s the reason why his production has fallen off.

  11. New England should sign this guy on the cheap and then just sit back and watch Brady make him a star again. Low risk, high reward signing if you ask me. Go get him Bill!

  12. To all the people who love saying Eli Manning is terrible need to just look at all.of the star recovers who leave manning at a young age and never have success again

  13. giantsfanlewis says:
    Apr 9, 2015 3:26 PM

    To all the people who love saying Eli Manning is terrible need to just look at all.of the star recovers who leave manning at a young age and never have success again

    ————–

    Manning isn’t terrible. He’s just terrible most of the time. Sometimes he is brilliant.

  14. It’s the da nest th g I e never seen a franchise constantly pump out o e hit wonder recievers like the Giants. It’s crazy. On principle I never take a Giant wr on my fantasy team the year after he blows up since I’m always a year late to the party. Steve smith, Hakeem nicks, manningham take your pick I’ve been burned by them all. I will now have to decide on be ham who is by far the most talented of them all, and I probably won’t be able to resist the urge. Must be those damn blue helmets.

  15. Nicks has no place on the Giants, whether or not Cruz comes back. The possibility of the Giants taking Cooper or White in the 1st even further seals the deal (and both are definitely in play). Its a shame because Nicks was a good guy and very talented. The injuries got the best of him….luckily for the Giants they got the best of Nicks before the injuries took over. At least he got the elusive ring.

  16. bullcharger

    If Manning was terrible “most of the time” he would have been out of the league years ago. Thats a totally ignorant assessment by someone who surely hasnt watched every game of Eli’s career like any normal Giants fan has. The guy has had one stellar year and one pretty abysmal year….all of the other years he’s been above-average to good. Get a clue about a future HOF’er.

  17. He had a chance with the Panthers last year but wanting more money got in the way of him coming home! Guess he’ll take that contract now if offered! lol

  18. Last year he said the Panthers made an offer but that Indy was a better fit. I suppose he was saying Luck is better than Cam. But it’s hard to believe Indy was a “better fit” with all the receivers in front of him, whereas if he came home, he would have dusted Jason Avant and probably equaled Cotchery. But now that we have Ginn back and Brown developing, and possibly another WR in the draft, no room for him here. I hope he does get signed and comes back strong. I like to see the local kids have success.

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