In the final season of his rookie contract, Hakeem Nicks' 2013 regular season didn't go the way he might have wanted it to with the New York Giants, especially since he was held out of the end zone all season long.
As a free agent to be, Nicks had 56 catches for 896 yards and no touchdowns in 2013 — numbers that while aren't terrible, but also aren't worthy of number one receiver money that many thought he would get this coming offseason as one of the top receivers on the market, but some feel that while he hasn't been deserving of that, some think that he might not even come back to the team as well, even though he's stated he would like to return in 2014.
On Monday, after the Giants' 20-6 victory over the Washington Redskins — a game that Nicks had two catches for 50 yards and left the game just before halftime with an ankle injury — Nicks still felt very confident in his abilities despite the disappointing season that he had in 2013.
“I still know what I’m capable of doing,” Nicks said. “I still consider myself one of the top receivers in this league. I’m gonna go out and prove it.”
After two straight seasons with over 1,000-plus yards, Nicks had two straight seasons where he was held to under 1,000 yards and only had three touchdowns in the last two years, all of which were from 2012. Despite the drop in numbers, Nicks wasn't 100 percent through the season, something that Giants co-owner John Mara emphasized on in Monday's press conference with the media and stuck up for his number one receiver when asked about his season.
“Well, he did not have his best year, but he played hurt all year also,” Mara said. “We had so many issues on offense. It’s hard to just pin anything on him. It was not his best year, but he competed hard. It’s shocking to me that he didn’t get into the end zone this year, but he still was out there trying to make plays and again we had a lot of problems on offense.”
In the next couple of days, Nicks will sit down with the Giants to talk about the possibility of a contract extension and one of the things that Nicks will emphasize and stress with the team is the importance of "organizational stability." Some of the team's beat reporters did feel that after Nicks made his statement on the stability factor with the Giants, it was the first time all season long that they felt he would actually come back to the team following the 2013 season.
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