Excerpt: "Head coach Tom Coughlin uses the word “hope” a lot, as in he hopes to get an injured player back sooner than later, he hopes to have all hands on deck for a practice, and he hopes to see any remaining contract issues resolved.
One of his “hopes” from last week was to have Hakeem Nicks back working with the team, which of course came true when the receiver showed up for the mandatory three day minicamp,.
As could probably be expected, Nicks, who is coming back from offseason knee surgery, is behind the rest of the team and is trying to get back into the groove.“We don’t know where he’s at so we’re trying to figure that out,” Coughlin said. “He’s definitely not in tune with where we are. We’ve had nine OTAs and have thrown a lot at them. So he’s just had this one day. If he’s around, he’ll pick it up quick; he’ll get it fast.”“
Nothing too much is new for me in this offense, so it’s just basically getting back into the routine with the offense,” Nicks said earlier about playing catch up. “.We had a jog-thru earlier. I jumped in there earlier and everything is just like clockwork to me now with this offense.So it sounds like any lingering worries about Nicks, who ran routes today, will be fine.
The same probably can’t be said about Victor Cruz, the last remaining restricted free agent in the NFL who has yet to sign.
“I’ve been optimistic since day one, but it hasn’t gotten me anywhere,” Coughlin said when asked about his level of optimism that Cruz’s new deal would get done soon. “I’ll just continue to be optimistic. The clock’s running. This (camp) is something that he could have at least benefitted by, if nothing else, this minicamp. But you have to realize that there is no contract at this time, so without a contract, he’s not going to be here.”
And so the Giants wait on Cruz, who continues to decide whether to sign the one-year tender or the longer term deal on that’s on the table. And the Giants continue to move forward dint heir plans to get ready for the new season.Eventually Cruz will show up. It won’t’ be this camp. It might not even be for the start of training camp. But when he does, he sure better come in and be ready to go and he better stay healthy, otherwise one can only imagine the scrutiny that he’ll face if he isn’t." Read more...