Nicks has been cut by the Saints, The Times-Picayune reports. Nicks joined New Orleans only a couple weeks ago, but apparently has failed to make a strong impression since then. Additionally, given some of the Saints' young receivers, namely Michael Thomas, Willie Snead and Brandon Coleman, the team would probably prefer to use as many snaps as possible to aid their development, leaving the 28-year-old Nicks on the outside looking in. With his best days clearly behind him, Nicks will hope to land elsewhere during the preseason slate.
Nicks will sign with the Saints, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Known for his days with the Giants, Nicks has since seen stints with the Colts and Titans before re-joining the Giants again last November. Now with the Saints, Nicks figures to jockey for a roster spot at wide receiver firmly behind the likes of Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Brandon Coleman and rookie Michael Thomas. Back in 2014 when playing for Indianapolis, the last season in which he actually saw playing time, Nicks caught 38 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns.
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.
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