Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports
There's been a great deal written about the recent absences of wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks from the New York Giants' OTAs.
With mandatory minicamp underway, one of those wideouts is back in the fold.
Nicks, who drew head coach Tom Coughlin's ire by not attending voluntary workouts, showed up at minicamp on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old told Dan Duggan of The New York Times that all is well between player and coach.
I feel where he was coming from on that. I could have done a better job at reaching out, but we finally got to talk, so we got things straight on that end. Coach Coughlin, that’s my guy, so I think that relationship can’t go sour.
Heading into a contract year and coming off an injury-marred 2012 season this is a huge campaign for Nicks, but head coach Tom "Sunshine" Coughlin said the fifth-year pro has some catching up to do.
He’s definitely not in tune with where we are. We’ve had nine O.T.A.’s and we’ve thrown a lot at him. He’s just had one meeting. But if he’s around, he’ll pick it up quick.
Cruz, however, remains MIA. There's not really anything that the team can do about it either, since Cruz has yet to sign his free-agent tender he's not under contract and as such not subject to fines.
In fact, much like tackle Ryan Clady of the Denver Broncos and safety Jairus Byrd of the Buffalo Bills (who were franchise tagged but haven't signed their tenders), Cruz can't practice with the team.
No deal, no practice. Dem's da rules.
The team is in negotiations with Cruz on a long-term contract, but those talks appear to have hit a snag, with Coughlin stating, “I’ve been optimistic since Day 1, and it hasn’t gotten me anywhere, has it? The clock is running.”