North Carolina in the NFL: Nicks close to a record

Nicks is fighting injuries once again, as well as for a good contract when season is done

With a pair of games left Nicks could break a record that he might not want

With just two games left in the regular season former North Carolina wide out Hakeem Nicks is 169 yards from breaking a record held by Al Toon for over two decades, the most yards in a season without finding the end zone. The record holder, a former Jets, did this in 1991 when he had 963 yards in all.

Nicks has 794 yards right now, with the remaining games against the Detroit Lions on the road and the Washington Redskins at home. It’s going to take good back to back performances by the wide receiver against a pair of teams that will be fighting for a playoff spots. And without a doubt it will definitely have to be a better job than what Nicks did last week, when he had just one catch (5 targets) for five yards and had to be pulled out of a scuffle by a ref against the Seahawks, who shut out the Giants 23-0. So by no means am I saying that the former Heel will break this record, nor am I saying that he wants to have it.

The Lions and divisional foe Redskins are the last two games before the 25 year old will become a free agent. Finishing up this season, with his squad being 5 and 9 right now, in a positive way is the only way that the wide receiver can hope to get as much as possible with his next signing, whether it is with the New York franchise or not.

With Victor Cruz out for the Giants this is just what the former Heel could need to get it going in the last couple of games. With head coach Tom Coughlin questioning the team’s effort against Seattle this is the moment for number 88 to shine, or better said, it is his last chance to shine. The question right now is… will he be able to do so? Another question might be… will it be too little too late?

The long term question for any franchise thinking about acquiring the former North Carolina receiver is pretty simple. Will Nicks be able to get back to the way he played a few seasons back? Without their top wide out on the field, with only pride left for the season, showing any and all what he can do will go a long way in setting himself up for his next contract. On the other hand, if he does not step it up when needed the most might just be the worst thing that could happen to the 6’1″/208 lbs receiver.

In the end the top scale contract that Nicks was looking for at the beginning of the season is all but gone. Now all that remains is to get as much as he can, from whatever franchise is looking to have him. And that he will not know until the end of the season. So for now all that the former UNC wide out can do is work as hard as he can to show himself in the best way with just two games left in the 2013 campaign.