General manager Jerry Reese told reporters on Monday that the team would look to fill the roster spot left behind by Victor Cruz and the Giants front office wasted little time by turning to a familiar face to fill that void.
On Tuesday the team announced that they re-signed wide receiver Hakeem Nicks to a contract.
Nicks spent five seasons with the team from 2009-2013 before signing with the Indianapolis Colts in 2014.
Nicks was an integral member of Super Bowl XLVI Championship team and build a strong rapport with quarterback Eli Manning during their magical run to a Lombardi Trophy.
Nicks, 27, was cut by the Tennessee Titans during this year’s training camp and failed to catch on with an NFL team prior to Tuesday.
In recent years Nicks’ production has dipped as he recorded 896 yards and no touchdowns with the Giants in 2013 and merely 38 receptions for 405 yards and four touchdowns last season with Indy.
Nicks’ chemistry with Manning is undeniable and although New York runs a West Coast-based offense now, the transition for the talented receiver should be relatively seamless.
The Giants receiving corps will feature Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle starting on the outside, while they’ve turned to Dwayne Harris to replace Cruz as the slot receiver.
Nicks provides a veteran option for the Giants to consider if they sustain any more injuries or need a weapon off the bench to spark their offense during their push for a divisional crown.