After months of 'will he, won't he' debate, the Victor Cruz saga was finally put to bed yesterday when the New York Giants wide receiver revealed he will require season-ending surgery.
And, although the Big Blue have so far managed to cope with what has effectively been a three-man receiver corp this season in the absence of Cruz, it appears the confirmation of his loss has forced the team into action today.
As first reported by Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, the Giants will be re-signing their 2009 first round draft pick, Hakeem Nicks, to add depth to the roster.
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According to Conor Orr of NFL.com, Nicks, as well as Wes Welker, had been atop the Giants' short list of free agent wide receivers all season. Left with just Odell Beckham, Reuben Randle and Dwayne Harris as fit wideouts, the franchise quickly snapped up their man.
Second time around
The 27-year-old spent his first five seasons in the league with the Giants, racking up 4,622 yards and 27 touchdowns in that time. He was hugely productive in 2010 and 2011, but regressed badly in the final two years of his rookie deal.
After following that up with a disappointing year with the Colts and a failed attempt to find a place on the Titans roster this season, Nicks' return to the Giants is certainly a huge opportunity to show he still has what it takes.
Just how many opportunities Nicks will get in the Giants offense, and how quickly they will come, remains to be seen, however.
OBJ, Randle and Harris have been performing well in recent weeks and, as such, targets may be hard to come by for the returning star.
Nicks does, though, have a familiarity with quarterback Eli Manning as well as several of the coaching staff who were involved with the team during his first stint in the Big Apple.
If he can rekindle anything like the form he showed on route to the Giants' 2011 Super Bowl win, New York fans will be more than happy to see him replace Cruz on the roster for the time being.
Giants fans: Are you happy to see Nicks return, and should he go ahead of Harris on the depth chart? Have your say in the comments below...
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