According to Hakeem Nicks, The Indianapolis Colts boast the best receiver in the NFL.
Who, you ask? Hakeem Nicks.
Its a big statement from the man who has only 94 receiving yards through four games this season. That's tied seventh on the roster with rookie Donte Moncrief.
Lets not kid ourselves, Hakeem Nicks isn't the best receiver in the NFL. He's not even the best receiver in Indy...Scratch that, he's not even the second best receiver in Indy. We'll give you third place Hakeem.
Quarterback Andrew Luck may not have favorites, but if he did, stats suggest that he isn't top of Lucks radar. He has only been targeted 18 times this season whereas T.Y Hilton has been targeted the most with 38 - just pipping veteran Reggie Wayne with 35. However this doesn't seem to have affected Nicks' confidence:
"I still view myself as the best receiver in the league," Nicks said this week, via The Indianapolis Star. "That expectation ain't never going to change. I'll get a chance to prove it eventually."
Patience is key
Joining in the offseason from the Giants, Nicks admits that whilst he wants to see the ball as much as possible, he will have to be patient to gain the kind of trust that Wayne and Hilton posses from Luck:
"Just have to be patient; you know it's going to be a long season," Nicks said. "Being a receiver we all want the ball every play, but we understand that sacrifice is part of being on a team. You have to understand the play, the concept, understand to play team ball and everything will work out in the end for everybody."
Credit where credits due though, Nicks does have the ability to be a number one receiver. His Superbowl ring proves that. During the Giants superbowl winning season, Nicks was Eli Manning's favourite target. Ahead of the likes of Victor Cruz and Mario Manningham.
Bradshaw keeping him sweet
Ahmad Bradshaw, Nicks' team mate in New York and now at the Colts maintains that Nicks will get his chance to shine, he just has to be patient as he adapts to his new role in Indy:
"I just try to tell him he's one of our best receivers, and his time will come to be that main guy," Bradshaw said. "He's had to adjust. Now he sees what this team can do, how many weapons this team has. He sees the role he's supposed to play."
With Andrew Luck currently the best QB in the NFL - he leads the league in passing yards with 1,305 and touchdowns with 13 - Nicks may have to wait some time before he gets as much service as Hilton or Wayne.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.