Hakeem Nicks left the Giants via free agency in the 2013 offseason, but according to the 27-year-old wide receiver his heart never left New York.
“In my heart,” said Nicks of whether he thought he’d ever return to the Giants. “I felt like this is where I wanted to be in my heart. Business is business and it’s going to play out the way it’s going to play out, and fortunately I was blessed enough to be back in this position.”
The Giants have been searching for a playmaker to replace Victor Cruz, who went down with a season-ending calf injury. Nicks’ familiarity with Eli Manning and the organization gives him a leg up on the competition.
“That helps a lot,” said Nicks of his rapport with the Giants quarterback. “That helps a lot, that chemistry. We’re definitely looking forward to it. Glad to be back in this position again, playing with Eli again. I look forward to everything that is about to come.”
With the Giants in the driver’s seat for an NFC East crown, Nicks admits that he’s seen this movie before.
“Confidence level,” said Nicks of what he brings to the team. “It’s a new season, we got a six-game schedule. I’ve seen this before and we’re right where we need to be in this division. Just look forward to what’s at hand.”