All off-season long, Victor Cruz lobbied for the New York Giants to re-sign his teammate and good friend Hakeem Nicks, but the two sides seemed ready to move on from each other after five years together.
It had been almost two years since Nicks looked like a number one receiver and the guy the team drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft which is why he had to accept a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts instead of the multi-year deal he had hoped for when free agency started in March.
On Saturday, Nicks and Cruz will see each other again when the Giants come to Lucas Oil Stadium and face off against Nicks' new team in the Colts. This past week in practice, Cruz talked about the tough year Nicks had to deal with having his character being questioned all year from people around football, which may have lead to his departure from the Giants.
"You could just sense something was off," Cruz said. "But you know, I tried to help him stay positive, stay in his ear. It was a tough year for him but I think he's able to clear his mind now and kind of lock in. Anytime people say things like that and try to discuss your character it takes a toll on you. And it did for him. It was something he wants to prove wrong. He wants to show that he's a team guy, that he gives his all on every play and gives his all for his teammates. I think a fresh start for him in Indy will be just that, so we'll see how it goes."
One particular moment that could be looked at as far as character questioning came into place was when Tom Coughlin said Nicks didn't fight him hard enough to allow him to play in the team's game against the Dallas Cowboys this past November, although Nicks had said he was dealing with injuries at the time.
But maybe the Giants had it right all along with Nicks, especially since Nicks' conditioning was brought into question by Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton; Nicks had trouble staying healthy during his entire tenure with the Giants.
The Giants moved on from Nicks with their drafting of Odell Beckham, Jr. in the first round of this past year's draft, although he's had his share of injuries as well that has kept him from taking the field this preseason, but he could see his first action against Indianapolis if the team feels that he's healthy enough to face off against live competition.
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