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New York Giants Expect Hakeem Nicks at Mandatory Mini-Camp

June 9th, 2013 at 2:00 PM
By Dan Benton

Hakeem Nicks missed every day of the New York Giants' organized team activities (OTAs), but the team expects that to change next week when mandatory mini-camp gets underway. Whether or not his absence was contract-related, he got away with skipping practices because they were "voluntary." That now changes, and with each missed practice will also come a fine.

'Eli Manning Warms Up with Hakeem Nicks' photo (c) 2011, Rajiv Patel (Rajiv's View) - license:

“We have a mandatory camp. … I would expect he would be here," coach Tom Coughlin said.

Now in the final year of his contract, Nicks would face a maximum $66,150 fine for missing all three days of mini-camp.

Prior to his OTA no-show, Nicks had said he'd like to assume more of a leadership role on the Giants. He had also informed coach Coughlin that he would be attending OTAs "at some point," and failed to update the team during his absence.

Coughlin said he expects to meet with Nicks next week in an effort to clear the air.


Tags: Football, Hakeem Nicks, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Tom Coughlin

8 Responses to “New York Giants Expect Hakeem Nicks at Mandatory Mini-Camp”

  1.  CT GIANT says:

    I’m simply guessing his agent told him to sit down, rest up, and hit mandatory camp
    in good shape, at the fines listed, he should be there, ya think?

  2.  Krow says:

    I didn’t know Nicks told Coughlin he was going to attend the OTAs … at least in part. While I understand and even support his decision not to participate … I’m kind of old school when it comes to lying. And then apparently not even letting the team know he wouldn’t be there? It’s sounding a lot more dikish than before, and not making me think the better of Hakeem.

    •  jfunk says:

      Yeah, I have no problem with him choosing to stay at home during voluntary workouts, especially going into a contract year with his injury history. It makes a lot of sense.

      A phone call isn’t too much to ask though.

  3.  wrdag says:

    Steve Smith video:
    guy was a killer on 3rd down
    Could have been an Eli video as well; did Eli ever throw the guy a bad pass?
    The Boys must have been ecstatic when he got banged up. SS abused them.

    Does give you some perspective on what JR might do with Cruz or Nicks, the game keeps rolling along, How could we ever replace Steve Smith?? and then you get Cruz…. next guy up…..calling Mr. Randle

  4.  Dirt says:

    I’m with Graziano: voluntary means voluntary. It’s a benefit they negotiated for. It’d be like any normal person getting riden for taking their vacation before the end of the year. It’s their benefit, given to them as compensation for their services.

    •  GmenMania says:

      +1. They don’t have to tell the team why they’re missing the OTAs, or even have a good reason. That’s why they’re voluntary. Cary Williams (Eagles CB) skipped OTAs to be with his daughter, and he had a great explanation of the players’ view of what voluntary means.

  5.  Dirt says:

    Also, given Coughlin’s recent poopooing of JPPs back pain, I’m not buying the old man’s line that no one knew Nicks wasn’t showing up.

  6.  CT GIANT says:


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