Hakeem Nicks remains a free agent this offseason, but he will look to sign with a team as a reserve receiver. His career went downhill fast after two outstanding seasons with the Giants in 2010-11 when he had at least 76 catches, 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns each year, but injuries have ruined him the past four seasons. He returned to the Giants in 2015, but the reunion with Eli Manning didn't help as he had just seven catches for 54 yards in limited action. We'll see where Nicks ends up this season, and hopefully he can turn things around since he's just 28. But we're not optimistic for Nicks, who should not be drafted in the majority of leagues.
Nicks had one catch for four yards on three targets in Sunday's 49-17 loss to the Vikings. According to Pro Football Focus, Nicks was one of four New York wideouts to play between 27 and 36 snaps (out of 62). Regardless, any hint of appeal will be gone next week, as Odell Beckham (suspension) is expected to return for a favorable matchup with the Eagles.
Nicks is listed as a starter for Sunday night's game against the Vikings. With Odell Beckham serving a one-game suspension, Nicks figures to play the majority of offensive snaps. The Giants obviously have a ton of production to replace, but with neither Nicks nor Rueben Randle playing well this season, many of Beckham's usual targets will likely go to the running backs and tight ends.
Nicks could see more targets Sunday with Odell Beckham suspended and Dwayne Harris nursing a shoulder injury. Nicks would only be playable in the deepest of leagues, as he's not assured of anything, and Harris could play yet. But if Harris were out, Nicks could serve as the team's No. 2 receiver.
Nicks caught one pass off of one target for seven yards in Sunday's loss to the Jets. Nicks has now caught just two passes for 11 yards on three targets in the two games since returning to New York. Nicks' appeal in coming back to the Giants was his rapport with Eli Manning, something that hasn't been on full display yet. Given the Giants' dependency on the pass, it is entirely possible that Nicks emerges with a big game in the coming weeks, but with nearly half of Manning's passes over the past three games directed at either Odell Beckham or Will Tye, it shouldn't be counted on.
Nicks may be more involved in the offense Sunday against the Jets, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano. Though clearly not the player he once was, Nicks may still have something to offer a Giants offense that has somehow become even more reliant on Odell Beckham. Nicks had just two targets on very limited snaps in Sunday's loss to the Redskins, but he did replace Rueben Randle on one drive. Given how little impact Randle has had this season, it wouldn't be shocking to see Nicks take away even more snaps in Week 13. Of course, there's still not much upside with any of the Big Blue receivers besides Beckham.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|5||10/10||@Green Bay Packers||13||21.00|
|7||10/23||@Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|3 Year Avg||62||34||452||1||19||13.29||51|