Giants | Hakeem Nicks', Victor Cruz's absences have effects
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 09:55:31 -0700
New York Giants WRs Hakeem Nicks, who attended the team's minicamp but not OTAs, and Victor Cruz, who didn't, were the subject of inquiry related to how long it will take them to get their timing back because of their offseason absences. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride responded, "That is so, not unimportant, but it is just a relatively minor thing," he began. "The thing is they haven't been working. They haven't been listening. They haven't been growing, they haven't been developing. They haven't been receiving the coaching that they need to get better. To be quite frank, they need it. And the absence and not being here has hurt them and because of that, it has hurt us." Gilbride added that the positive is that other receivers have received those reps and opportunities to become integral pieces of the offense down the road.
Now that Cruz has signed his tender, he and Nicks will have ample time to catch up on whatever they missed. Neither player's fantasy value should be affected.
Source: Giants.com - Michael Eisen