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Eli Manning glad Hakeem Nicks is back, but wasn't worried

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks during a

Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks during a locker room interview at Giants minicamp. (June 11, 2013) | (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

Hakeem Nicks missed the last three weeks of OTAs and Victor Cruz is still unsigned and not at this week’s minicamp. How much time does Eli Manning spend fretting over that situation?

“Only when I talk to you,” he said to reporters today. “That’s the only time it’s on my mind.

“I haven’t made it a big deal and I’m coming here to work and practice and just trying to make sure I’m having great reps in practice and doing my job and whoever is out there on the field, talking with them throughout the day, throughout the practice and make sure we’re all getting better.”

Still, it must be a relief to have Nicks back, no?

“I don’t know if it’s a relief,” Manning said. “We have three days of practice and we haven’t had a practice yet, so I think we just have to continue going about our business as we’ve been these last few months and all we can do is go out there and keep trying to get better, keep working on our offense making sure everybody is doing the right things, in the right spots and having success.”

In other words, Manning may be looking forward to throwing passes to Hakeem Nicks, but the quarterback was far from throwing him a parade when he returned to the team’s facility this morning.

“It should be good to have him here and see what he can do and go out there and have a good practice,” Manning said. “I’m looking forward to having these last three practices and keep working on getting better, working on our offense, improving on things…. I thought we’ve made some progress these last few weeks of OTAs and hopefully we can finish on a strong note and take that into training camp down the road.”
 

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