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Hakeem Nicks | Wide Receiver

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/14/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 208
College: North Carolina
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Hakeem Nicks secured 2-of-2 targets for 18 yards in the Colts' third preseason game Saturday night versus New Orleans.
Andrew Luck hit Nicks for a gain of 11 on the Colts' offensive snap of the game. Through three exhibition games, Nicks has efficiently secured 8-of-9 targets for 86 yards. Although Nicks has lost much of his dynamic ability due to past lower-leg injuries, he can be a useful perimeter player in Indianapolis' offense. He's roughly a WR4/5 in fantasy football leagues. Aug 23 - 10:28 PM

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According to the Indianapolis Star, Hakeem Nicks had a "run-of-the-mill," ordinary training camp.

Nicks exploded for 53 yards on five catches in Saturday night's preseason game against the Giants, dominating the opening drive. He also had a 35-yard catch-and-run negated by a taunting penalty after he waved his finger at ex-teammate CB Trumaine McBride. While his effort Saturday night was promising, Nicks may have had a little more fire in his belly going against his former team. We hope to see this same Nicks once the real games get under way.
Aug 17 - 10:27 AM

With T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne resting, Hakeem Nicks started Saturday night's second preseason game opposite rookie Donte Moncrief and secured 5-of-5 targets for 53 yards.

Nicks caught three balls for 28 yards on Indy's opening drive to set up an Andrew Luck touchdown toss to Griff Whalen. Nicks still struggles to create after the catch, but he's going to see a lot more single coverage in Indy than he ever did with the Giants, and still looks capable of being a quality role player on the perimeter. Nicks did commit an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Colts' second drive, drawing the ire of coach Chuck Pagano. He "taunted" Giants CB Prince Amukamara by waving his finger at him. The flag negated a 35-yard gain, which would've brought Nicks' totals to 6-88 on the night.
Aug 16 - 8:22 PM

With Reggie Wayne resting, Hakeem Nicks ran with the Colts' first-team offense in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Jets.

The Jets' vanilla defense gave Nicks a ton of cushion, which he exploited for a 15-yard catch down the right sideline, in front of CB Dimitri Patterson. With Wayne in street clothes -- he's healthy, just being "limited" in August -- Nicks and T.Y. Hilton were Indianapolis' first-team receivers on Thursday. Nicks appears to be the No. 3 for now, ahead of rookie Donte Moncrief. Nicks could conceivably help the Colts' 2014 offense as a perimeter threat, but we're not particularly optimistic that he'll help fantasy owners.
Aug 7 - 8:25 PM

The Indianapolis Star reports Hakeem Nicks has been dealing with some "nagging pains" in training camp.

Reporter Stephen Holder labeled Nicks as someone to watch in Thursday's preseason opener because he's looked "pretty average" in camp. Holder's report comes the same day Nicks claimed he was in the best shape of his life. Nicks is only 26, but has suffered countless lower-leg injuries. Fantasy players shouldn't be counting on him returning to his early-career form.
Aug 7 - 6:23 PM

Hakeem Nicks insists he's in the best shape of his life.

Nicks has drawn lackluster camp reviews, with OC Pep Hamilton recently saying he hasn't seen enough from his veteran wideout. "My mentality is I'm shooting to be the best in the league at my position this year," Nicks said. "I'm not trying to make headlines. ... Once you put the team first, everything else falls into place." Currently running as the No. 3 wideout behind Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, we're growing ever-more skeptical Nicks will make a fantasy impact this season.
Aug 7 - 2:36 PM

Colts OC Pep Hamilton said he doesn't know if he can say that he's "seen enough" from Hakeem Nicks so far.

"I think he is still working to get himself in game shape," Hamilton added. It's not a good look for Nicks, who earned motivation questions over the last couple years in New York and is now on a one-year deal. According to the Colts blog Stampede Blue, Nicks is operating as an outside receiver in three-wide sets only -- a formation the Colts are not expected to use very much this year as they install "12" as their base. T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne are the starters.
Aug 3 - 10:17 AM

Giants beat writer Dan Graziano says it seemed clear that Hakeem Nicks' "chief motivation" last season "was to stay healthy so that he could cash in as a free agent."

The Colts are hoping Nicks' effectiveness was sapped by his mind, not an accumulation of lower-body injuries. He posted a 56-896-0 line, reportedly frustrating coaches with his inability to get open and make plays. The other concern is that 26-year-old Nicks is operating on a one-year deal once again, leaving Graziano to wonder if he'll tip-toe through another season. There are a lot of yellow flags here despite Nicks' natural talent and the presence of Andrew Luck.
Mar 17 - 9:45 AM

Colts agreed to terms with Hakeem Nicks, formerly of the Giants, on a one-year, $3.5 million deal.

The deal contains an extra $2 million in incentives. GM Ryan Grigson has a reputation for being a closer, so it was always unlikely Nicks left Indianapolis without a deal. Still only 26, Nicks would theoretically provide playmaking ability on the outside, allowing T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne to move around the formation. If his heart is in it, the Colts will provide Nicks the offense and opportunity to reemerge as a fantasy relevant wide receiver. Nicks will attempt to rehab his value and land a long-term deal in 2015. He's still only 26.
Mar 14 - 7:16 PM

The 49ers are reportedly interested in free agent Hakeem Nicks.

Fellow free agent Julian Edelman is taking an official visit to San Francisco, while ESPN's Adam Schefter says the Niners are merely "interested" in Nicks. Either way, it appears they're serious about upgrading a receiving corps that currently features Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Quinton Patton as their top-three. It doesn't seem like an ideal landing spot for Nicks to rehab his depressed value as the Niners are a run-first team with two clear-cut starters.
Mar 13 - 9:31 PM

Profootballtalk reports that, as of Wednesday evening, the Panthers had yet to show interest in free agent Hakeem Nicks.

It goes against the Charlotte Observer's Thursday report that Nicks was the Panthers' top target to replace Steve Smith. As far as we know, Nicks has yet to schedule a visit, and has been greeted by an ice-cold market. It would be damning if Panthers GM Dave Gettleman, a former member of the Giants' front office, doesn't want Nicks. Of course, it could be as simple as the Panthers not having the money.
Mar 13 - 6:23 PM

The Colts will host free agent Hakeem Nicks on Friday.

Indy would be a great place for Nicks to rehab his career, assuming his heart is still in it. There are whispers it isn't. Still only 26 years old, Nicks would add theoretical playmaking ability on the perimeter of the Colts' offense, with T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne moving around the formation. Nicks recently listed the Colts as one of his preferred destinations due to quarterback Andrew Luck. He's also drawing interest from the Panthers and Chargers.
Mar 13 - 12:39 PM

According to the Charlotte Observer, free agent WR Hakeem Nicks is the Panthers' top target to replace Steve Smith.

Sometimes, it's just a simple connection of the dots. The Panthers are completely overhauling their receiving corps from scratch, Nicks is from Charlotte and he played his college ball at the University of North Carolina. The talented Nicks won't be overly expensive ($4.5 million per season according to CBS Sports) as he comes off two straight disappointing, injury-plagued seasons. An opportunity to rehab his value as Cam Newton's No. 1 option in his hometown should be appetizing.
Mar 13 - 8:17 AM

Free agent Hakeem Nicks named the Colts, Panthers, and Chargers as teams he's interested in signing with.

"Ideally this is what I want: I want to go to a team where I'm the missing link," said Nicks, 26. "I know if I went to a place like Indianapolis I would be dangerous with a quarterback like Andrew Luck. I can see myself catching passes from Cam Newton or even Philip Rivers." Nicks stated his preference is "a long-term deal," but he's also open to one-year offers. His market hasn't been hot to this point, but Nicks is still very likely to land a starting job. Someone will gamble on his upside.
Mar 9 - 3:14 PM

The New York Daily News believes Hakeem Nicks is "getting nervous" as free agency approaches.

Beat writer Ralph Vacchiano says Nicks' camp leaked Saturday's story to ESPN that Nicks has been "medically cleared" and is open to a one-year offers. It's quite clear Nicks -- or at least his agents -- has come to grips with the fact that he won't be getting big money. We suspect Nicks will indeed end up settling for a one-year "prove-it" pact, perhaps in the $4 million to $5.5 million range.
Mar 9 - 2:33 PM

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