Nicks has been cut by the Saints, Josh Katzenstein of 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.
Best known for the five-season Giants tenure that kicked off his career, Nicks subsequently had stints with the Colts and Titans before a return to the Big Apple last November. Now with the Saints, the 28-year-old 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. Nicks last received extended playing time in 2014 with Indianapolis, securing 38 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns over 16 games.
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 or Myles White 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.
Nicks is listed as active Sunday in Washington.
Signed earlier this week to bolster the Giants' depth at wide receiver, Nicks will make his season debut, as he returns to his initial NFL organization. However, he's unlikely to make an immediate impact behind the likes of Odell Beckham, Rueben Randle, and Dwayne Harris.
Nicks won't necessarily be active for Sunday's game at Washington, NJ.com's Jordan Raanan reports.
Though he didn't say that Nicks will be inactive, head coach Tom Coughlin did say that special teams will factor into the decision. Even if he ends up playing, Nicks will likely just be the fourth or fifth wide receiver.
Nicks is signing with the Giants on Tuesday, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.
With Victor Cruz (calf) ruled out for the season, the Giants will bring back their first-round selection from the 2009 NFL Draft. Nicks was a Pro Bowl-caliber wideout in 2010 and 2011, but he always had trouble staying healthy, which contributed to a far quicker decline than anyone could have expected. Although he's still just 27 years old, Nicks doesn't figure to be any higher than fourth or fifth on the depth chart, as No. 3 wideout Dwayne Harris has come on strong the past few weeks.
The Patriots reportedly worked out wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, ESPN's Field Yates reports.
Per the report, Nicks 'continues making the workout rounds,' so it doesn't appear as though as a signing is imminent here. As wideout injuries mount around the league, however, it wouldn't surprise us to see the 27-year-old Nicks (who played for the Colts in 2014) catch on with another NFL franchise sooner rather than later.
The Titans cut wide receiver Hakeem Nicks on Saturday, according to TitanInsider.com.
Nicks caught 38 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns for Tennessee last season.
Veteran wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is impressing a lot of people during Titans camp, according to nj.com.
Nicks, who had his best NFL seasons with the Giants in 2010 and 2011, is looking to prove himself all over again in Tennessee after a disappointing stint with the Colts last season.
"I feel like I definitely have a chip on my shoulder," Nicks told The Tennessean. "But more than wanting to prove anything to the world, I just want to prove it to this team and my coaches, for giving me the opportunity to come here and prove myself.
"This is a situation that fits my style of play, and I just want to take advantage of every opportunity."
Fading wide receiver Hakeem Nicks claims he can still be the premier player he was with the Giants now that he is wearing a Titans uniform. But he also understands that he must prove it.
"(I'm) motivated, determined and ready to work," he told The Tennessean. "I am ready to bring it all and lay it on the line, man. I just want to get back in the rhythm of being talked about as one of the best receivers in the league, as I was in the past. ... I need to go out there and prove it. No need to say words."
Nicks enjoyed successive 1,000-yard seasons in 2010 and 2011 and tallied 24 touchdowns in his first three years in the NFL. But he faded to the point in which he caught a career-low 38 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns a year ago.
"I feel like where I am at in my career - I just turned 27 - I feel like I still have a lot in my tank," he said. "I wanted to go somewhere and prove I can still be a No. 1 receiver and be the guy I was in the past, statistically and being a guy that likes to make plays and be on the feld consistently.
"With six years of experience, playoff experience and a Super Bowl, I thnk I can definitely bring (leadership) to a team. And I want to compete for Super Bowl teams here."
Veteran wide receiver Hakeem Nicks signed a one-year deal with the Titans on Thursday, per the Tennessean, giving the team an experienced target for either Zach Mettenberger or potential draft pick Marcus Mariota.
Nicks had a rough go in 2014 with the Colts, as the 27-year-old suffered through the least productive season of his career, hauling in just 38 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns.
The one-year deal with the Titans is for $1.4 million, with a $100,000 signing bonus.
Veteran wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is set to sign with the Titans, per Fox Sports 1, which is further reporting that other teams that had been interested have been told the news.
The 27-year-old Nicks suffered through the least productive season of his career in 2014, snagging 38 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns with Indianapolis.
Fading free agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks paid a visit to the Titans on Monday, sources told The Tennessean.
Nicks managed 38 receptions for 405 yards and four touchdowns a year ago while playing with Indianapolis. He started six games in what was easily his worst season statistically, but he insists he remains a viable player.
"I'm nowhere near finished, man, and I want to prove that to the world and everybody ... that's definitely my mentality, but I don't even want to talk about it," Nicks recently told Fox Sports before continuing to talk about it. "I feel like I got into that situation last year talking about it. I'm about to just go out there and prove it.
"I can't even describe the feeling to you. It's like a burning sensation inside of me. I just want to be the best. I know I have to work hard at it."
Free agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks told ESPN on Monday that he is traveling to California to visit with the 49ers.
Nicks played the 2014 season with the Colts after spending his first five seasons in the NFL with the Giants. Nicks totaled 38 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games (six starts) last season.
New Colts wideout Duron Carter got his first exposure to Andrew Luck during Pro Bowl practices. Carter's dad, Hall of Fame receiver and ESPN analyst Cris Carter, took Luck with the No. 1 overall pick.
“That was my first time seeing (Luck) and my first time really hearing about him,” Duron Carter told the team's website.
“Even just from my dad, hearing how Andrew handles people in the huddle, and just around the hotel, he’s just a great guy. Just to be a part of that and be around him I think will really help me and set my career in motion, where no one else could.”
Carter, who starred in the CFL the past two seasons, watched the Colts' loss to the Patriots in the AFC title game and thought he could flourish playing with Luck and a receiving corps led by T.Y. Hilton. He noted New England hounded Hilton with multiple defensive backs.
“I’m sitting there watching the playoff game and I said, ‘I felt like I could be out there and I could help in one of those situations,’ Carter said.
“Just on an every-down basis, me being able to go out there, winning one-on-one matchups when it’s called on me. A lot of teams do go man-to-man and pressure Luck, the only way you can beat that, for me, is to win those one-on-one opportunities with T.Y. over there.”
Carter, 23, who bounced from college to college due to off-field issues, realizes he has a golden opportunity. With Reggie Wayne unsure whether he'll return and Hakeem Nicks an unrestricted free agent, Indy could enter 2015 with Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Carter as its top three wideouts.
“It’s always been my dream to play in the NFL,” Carter said.
“Through decisions I made prior when I was younger, I hindered that opportunity. Getting into the CFL that was my motivation the whole time, every play, every snap, every catch, was I wanted to go to the NFL. Now that I’m here, my next goal is to make the Colts roster.”
Colts rookie receiver Donte Moncrief drew seven targets in the 24-13 playoff win at Denver, while veterans Hakeem Nicks (two) and Reggie Wayne combined for three targets. Moncrief caught just two of those for 32 yards, but it was another sign of Indy's pecking order behind No. 1 wideout T.Y. Hilton.
Nicks is having a solid postseason despite limited opportunities. After catching all three of his targets for 59 yards in the win over Cincinnati, Nicks corralled both his targets for 24 yards Sunday, including a 15-yard touchdown in traffic. Wayne was targeted once without a grab.
They'll all visit the Patriots in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game.