Sometimes, after you have read an article about someone or something you stop, think about it, and say “that makes sense” or “I can accept that”. On the other hand, every once in a while you read an article and you ponder about it cause it does not make much sense.
This morning I was doing my usual round of web sites about former North Carolina players when I came upon this small blurp on ESPN New York regarding former Heel Hakeem Nicks.
Having evidently received the message about how annoyed his coach was by his missing practice last Wednesday to have an abdominal injury examined, Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was back on the practice field Wednesday. Nicks, who was inactive for Sunday’s loss to the Cowboys, was listed Wednesday as a “limited” practice participant, so it’s no sure thing he plays Sunday night in Washington. But if he practices again today and Friday, it’s likely he’ll be good to go.
I can fully understand that if you are hurt, especially someone like Nicks, who has been hampered throughout his pro career by injuries, you would want to go have anything and everything checked out. The reality is that Nicks, like all of the other players in the National Football League, have a small window of opportunity where they can make their money. That is a fact. As is the fact that being hurt or injured will not get them the contracts they want.
However, on the other side of the equation, to miss practice when you are in the last season of your contract, when you have not been able to get back to your best form, does not make much sense. Unless, in the receiver’s mind this is going to be the last season with the New York franchise. But still, any team that is looking to acquire the wide out is also looking at him right now.
From another article, this time on New York Daily News, head coach Tom Coughlin said that the lack of practice by the wide out was the reason why he was sidelined for last week’s game. And that again make me ponder… “why?” Why would you be absent from practice when you could have avoided that, and you know this is your last chance to impress franchises looking for help in the receiving department.
“Hopefully we’re going to see,” Coughlin said. “That’s why he’s going to practice. Hopefully he will.”
On the other hand, team mate Victor Cruz is looking forward to seeing Nicks back on the gridiron…
“I’m happy to have him back, period,” said receiver Victor Cruz. “Just to have him back in the huddle, in the offense, on the sideline dressed and ready to go. He’s a guy we need.”
I am not sure what to make of all of this, and by all means, you can not come to a precise conclusion when you are a blogger without any inside information. On the other hand, just like me there are many, many others that have no inside info, and those are fans that might just find out that Nicks is coming to their team. And they, just like me, might just scratch their heads about things like this.
On the other hand, the receiver still has five games left to show to the franchises, the fan bases and of course, himself, what he has to offer. I think that Nicks has plenty to offer wherever he lands, the key however it’s that the former North Carolina stand out does not have to impress me, and only by doing his best on the gridiron will he do so with the right people. Only time will tell, unfortunately for the fourth year pro time is about to run out, as he has only five weeks left.