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14 Hakeem Nicks WR
Height/Weight: 6-1/208 | Birthdate: 1/14/1988 | Birthplace: Charlotte, NC, USA | Team: Indianapolis | College: North Carolina | NFL Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 83/10 | Average Draft Position: 126.78
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Hakeem Nicks not a starting option yet


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2:28 pm ET) Colts wideout Hakeem Nicks started slowly this preseason but came on to catch eight of nine targets for 86 yards. The team plans to use their free-agent acquisition in all three-receiver sets and some two-receiver sets as well, according to Stampede Blue.

That said, Nicks isn't worth starting until his role crystallizes. Consider him a WR4 for Week 1 at Denver.

Hakeem Nicks looks like old self vs. former team


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Colts wide receiver Hakeem Nicks looked like his old self against his former club Saturday in exhibition play.

Nicks caught a short pass for no gain and was unable to convert a third down on the opening drive. On the second drive, he hauled in a 17-yard pass from Andrew Luck. A penalty also wiped out a 36-yard catch and run. He was limited to only four series with the first-team offense against the Giants. He caught all five passes thrown his way for 53 yards.

Hakeem Nicks targeted twice on opening drive


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) With Reggie Wayne sitting out, Colts receiver Hakeem Nicks started against the Jets and was targeted twice on the opening drive. The first pass was broken up, then Nicks hauled in a 15-yarder along the sideline.

Nicks is in his first season with the Colts after failing to score a touchdown with the Giants last year.


Hakeem Nicks responds to conditioning criticism


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Colts wide receiver Hakeem Nicks talked to ESPN reporter Josina Anderson Thursday about his conditioning level after offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said Nicks is "still working to get himself into game shape."

"I'm in the best shape I've ever been in...I came in weighing 209 when I was supposed to come in weighing 212," Nicks said. "After Pep came to me to clarify, he said that he (meant) everybody's getting into game shape right now -- it's the beginning of camp. He came apologizing to let me know he wasn't just singling me out.

"I think that I have been performing well. They tell me the same thing. We're grown men. They would tell me if I was lacking. Like coach Pep told me, he said, 'If I felt like you were lacking in any area I would come straight to you.' You know, Pep and I have history from Charlotte."

Like many players, Nicks has lofty goals for the 2014 season.

"My mentality is I'm shooting to be the best in the league at my position this year," he said. "I'm not trying to make headlines. I do stand on that, but I know it's going to take teamwork. Once you put the team first, everything else falls into place."


Hakeem Nicks 'working to get himself in game shape'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) From the way Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is talking, receiver Hakeem Nicks doesn't sound ready to light up opposing defenses. "I don’t know if I can say that I’ve seen enough," Hamilton told the Terre Haute Tribune-Star. "I think he is still working to get himself in game shape."

Nicks joined Indy after spending his first five seasons with the Giants. Over the last two seasons he was bothered by foot injuries and caught a total of three touchdowns.


Hakeem Nicks leaves practice


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/19/2014) Colts receiver Hakeem Nicks suffered an undisclosed injury during practice Wednesday and was not able to finish, reports the Indianapolis Star.

Nicks is considered to be OK, and the Herald Bulletin said Nicks might have had his foot stepped on by cornerback Greg Toler in practice. Nicks had a history of foot problems during his tenure with the Giants.


Colts draft receiver Donte Moncrief


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) With the No. 90 pick in the NFL Draft, the Colts drafted receiver Donte Moncrief from Ole Miss.

Moncrief has the chance to be the No. 4 receiver for the Colts behind T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks. With Wayne coming off a torn ACL and Nicks on a one-year deal, Moncrief could be a significant contributor now and in the future.

He started all 13 games in 2013 for the Rebels and posted a stat line of 59 catches, 938 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 15.9-yards per catch.


Andrew Luck working on timing with Hakeem Nicks


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was extremely pleased about the signing of Hakeem Nicks. Now he's throwing to Nicks, trying to develop chemistry and timing.

"It’s very good to get the rhythm, get the consistency down, get the timing down because I’ve learned, playing two years, that timing is everything in this league," Luck said. "It is so important and when you feel it, you feel the rapport. When T.Y. (Hilton) came on at the end of the year, like it is with Reggie (Wayne), it makes things just feel a little more simple."

Luck said Nicks is a Super Bowl champ who "knows how to win."

"I think any time you can add that experience with a phenomenal football player, it really helps us out," Luck said. "I’ve been talking and picking his brain about what it takes to make deep runs and how he likes things. I think it’ll be a great addition here."


Coughlin: Hakeem Nicks needed change


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/1/2014) Giants coach Tom Coughlin said at the NFL owners meeting that Colts receiver Hakeem Nicks, who signed with Indianapolis as a free agent after five seasons in New York, probably needed a change for his career.

"Two years ago he was probably one of the best receivers in the NFL," Coughlin said. "He's had some nicks, he's had some things he had to deal with, the production was not where it should have been last year. We wish Hakeem success, nothing but the best for him. Perhaps this is what he needed, the change he needed. If he re-establishes himself in Indianapolis they'll have one hell of a football team."

Nicks signed a one-year deal with the Colts. He had just 56 catches for 896 yards and no touchdowns in 2013.


Physical nature brought Hakeem Nicks to Indianapolis


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/25/2014) It sure wasn't Hakeem Nicks' touchdown efficiency that made him a Colt -- he had zero scores last year. But Colts coach Chuck Pagano told CBSSports.com that Nicks' physical style is what made him an asset to the team. 

"What is there not to like about the guy?" Pagano said from the NFL Owners Meeting in Orlando. "He's a big guy, very, very athletic, experienced guy, played at a high level, won championships. ... Everybody's going to get up in your face now and play bump and run and make it really hard for you to get off the line of scrimmage. He gives you a big, physical presence. When Reggie went down, Da'Rick Rogers was a big guy but he hadn't played and was thrust to the forefront. With Hakeem you get another big, physical receiver that will do a great job versus press coverage and the teams that we're going to have to face, all of them are built to stop the big wideouts. We're going to face big corners, if you will. He brings a lot to the table in that respect."


Hakeem Nicks excited about 'three-headed monster'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) New Colts receiver Hakeem Nicks relishes the prospect of playing with quarterback Andrew Luck and teaming with receivers Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton. The trio has combined for 11 1,000-yard receiving seasons and 122 touchdowns.

"That's exciting," Nicks told the Herald Bulletin. "It looks like a three-headed monster to me. Last time I was in that situation, I won a Super Bowl. So I'm excited about that."

Nicks called the Colts the best fit for him. He'll try to prove himself on a one-year deal.

"The football coaches, I've heard a lot of great things about them," he said. "Andrew Luck is one of the best young quarterbacks in the game today, and I would love to play with him."


Colts land Hakeem Nicks on one-year deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) Former Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Indianapolis Colts on Friday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Nicks 26, caught 56 passes for 896 yards and no touchdowns in 15 games last year for the Giants. He had 17 touchdowns in his first two seasons in the league, 10 in his last three.

Hakeem Nicks visiting the Colts


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/13/2014) Free agent receiver Hakeem Nicks told ESPN's Josina Anderson that he's flying to Indianapolis to meet with the Colts on Friday. The Panthers and Chargers are also reportedly in the mix for Nicks' services.

Nicks dealt with a number of foot injuries including a broken foot in the spring of 2012. He caught 56 passes for 896 yards and no touchdowns in 15 games last year for the Giants. He had 17 touchdowns in his first two seasons in the league, 10 in his last three.


Panthers targeting Hakeem Nicks?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/13/2014) The Panthers' "top target" in free agency to replace Steve Smith is receiver Hakeem Nicks, according to the Charlotte Observer. The team hopes to bring Nicks in for a visit soon

Nicks dealt with a number of foot injuries including a broken foot in the spring of 2012. He caught 56 passes for 896 yards and no touchdowns in 15 games last year for the Giants. He had 17 touchdowns in his first two seasons in the league, 10 in his last three.

Nicks not only went to the University of North Carolina for college but also was born and raised in Charlotte, attending Independence High School.


Hakeem Nicks talking with Panthers


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/12/2014) Free agent receiver Hakeem Nicks and the Panthers have been in talks regarding a deal, a source tells 610 The Fan in Charlotte. Nicks not only went to the University of North Carolina for college but also was born and raised in Charlotte, attending Independence High School.

Nicks said earlier this spring that he'd like a long-term deal but teams have shied away from the six-year veteran. He dealt with a number of foot injuries including a broken foot in the spring of 2012. He caught 56 passes for 896 yards and no touchdowns in 15 games last year for the Giants. He had 17 touchdowns in his first two seasons in the league, 10 in his last three. 


Hakeem Nicks' wish list: Colts, Panthers, Chargers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Free agent receiver Hakeem Nicks told ESPN he can see himself catching passes from the Colts' Andrew Luck, the Panthers' Cam Newton or the Chargers' Philip Rivers. Nicks failed to catch a touchdown pass with the Giants last season.

"Players have already started to reach out to me from other teams saying they would love for me to come join them," Nicks said. "I just want to make it clear that I want a long-term deal and I want to be happy. I'm excited about talking to teams and making it work."

Nicks earlier said he was open to a one-year deal.


Report: Hakeem Nicks open to one-year deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) ESPN reports Saturday that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is open to signing a one-year contract. Nicks circulated medical assurances from Dr. Robert Anderson and Dr. James Andrews to all the teams in the league that his past issues with his foot and knee should not impact his performance in 2014.

Nicks, 26, caught 56 passes for 896 yards and no touchdowns in 15 games last year for the Giants. He had 17 touchdowns in his first two seasons in the league, 10 in his last three.

Sounds like Coughlin not banking on Hakeem Nicks' return


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) When asked about impending free agent Hakeem Nicks' status on Friday, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the team won't try to keep him before the start of free agency. 

"I'm sure the market will be where Hakeem will go," Coughlin said per the New York Post.

Nicks, 26, caught 56 passes for 896 yards and no touchdowns in 15 games. Nicks had 17 touchdowns in his first two seasons in the league, 10 in his last three. 


Patriots have decisions to make at receiver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/14/2014) The Patriots have to make some decisions at receiver this offseason, reports the Boston Herald

The first is deciding to pay free agent Julian Edelman. The report says Edelman might want a contract similar to what Danny Amendola got last season (five years and a max value of $31 million). But the Patriots will probably offer Edelman something similar to their offer to Wes Welker (two years, $10 million). Based on that, the report expects Edelman to chase the money elsewhere.

Amendola is safe this offseason despite a down year, but he could be released after the 2014 season if he struggles again. The team hopes the three second-year receivers of Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce continue to develop, and getting Rob Gronkowski (ACL) back at 100 percent is vital.

The Patriots also could look at receivers in free agency, especially if Edelman leaves, and they could be in play for Eric Decker, Jeremy Maclin or Hakeem Nicks. Or if Edelman returns, the Patriots could still add someone like Brandon LaFell, Nate Burleson, Riley Cooper or Kenny Britt.


Victor Cruz says he wants Hakeem Nicks back


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) Victor Cruz said he "selfishly" wants Hakeem Nicks to stay with the Giants. 

Speaking at a fundraiser, Cruz told the Newark Star-Ledger that Nicks could be too expensive for the Giants to retain but if the stars aligned, he'd love to have him back. In fact, he's told Nicks exactly that. 

"I have (asked him to stay)," Cruz said. "Selfishly, I would love for him to stay."

The paper made a note that Cruz was double-teamed more often this year because of Nicks' ineffective play. Nicks had a hard time separating from defensive backs and couldn't win jump balls. Nicks also had a hard time around the end zone as he went without scoring a touchdown all season. 


Report: Zero chance Hakeem Nicks returns to Giants


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2014) There's a zero percent chance the Giants will re-sign impending free agent Hakeem Nicks, according to The Star-Ledger. Nicks, who did not score a touchdown in 2013, "appeared to be disinterested this season," the paper added. "His main goal seemed to be staying healthy instead of putting forth a maximum effort."


Report: Giants don't want Hakeem Nicks back


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2014) The Giants will let Hakeem Nicks go in free agency, as the receiver disappointed with his play and also drew multiple team fines for being late to meetings and treatment sessions, reports NFL Network. Nicks, 26, caught 56 passes for 896 yards and no touchdowns in 15 games.

Hakeem Nicks mum on meeting with management


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2014) Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks, an impending free agent, met with team management last week but would not reveal what was discussed, reports the New York Daily News. Nicks did say he wants to return to the team, but added the "business side" might get in the way.

Nicks likely won't be back. He caught 56 passes for 896 yards and no touchdowns this year.


Hakeem Nicks' season ends with ankle sprain


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/29/2013) Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks left Sunday's game against Washington at the end of the first half with an ankle sprain. He did not return. 

Nicks had two catches for 50 yards when he left the game. He finishes the season with 56 receptions for 896 yards. This was the first time in his career Nicks did not catch a touchdown pass; his previous low was three. 

Nicks, a free agent heading into 2014, now has two straight seasons with fewer than 900 receiving yards. 


Giants wideouts a Week 17 crapshoot


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/27/2013) Giants wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Jerrel Jernigan both have what is essentially an equal chance to shine against a Washington defense that sits right around league average for Fantasy points allowed to opposing wideouts this season. 

Over the past three games, Washington has allowed two total touchdowns to opposing wideouts, and they've been relatively stingy in terms of giving up yards (with the exception of Week 16, when both Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams went over 70 yards -- driven mainly by a late, long pass to Williams).

The problem with the Giants is there's no indication who will step up as the No. 1 wideout. Jernigan has been very good the last two games, with 13 receptions on 20 targets for 137 yards and two touchdowns. And Nicks has been on the other end of the performance spectrum, with five receptions on 12 targets for 57 total yards. But Nicks could be playing his last game with the Giants, and is on the cusp of the first zero-touchdown season in his career. There could be some extra motivation to get him in the end zone and finish on a high note. 

Jernigan is on a roll lately, and Nicks has motivation. But neither has been overwhelmingly great. With the defense not being especially good or bad, matchup-wise, it would be best to consider both of these wideouts as WR3s for Week 17.