Nicks returns, clears air with Coughlin

June, 11, 2013
6/11/13
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks returned to the New York Giants for the first day of mandatory minicamp.

The team's top wideout would not say why he chose not to participate in the team's voluntary OTAs the past several weeks but acknowledged that he could have handled the situation better as far as communicating with Tom Coughlin to let the coach know he wasn’t participating in OTAs. The two met on Tuesday morning and cleared the air.

Nicks said he did speak with general manager Jerry Reese earlier to let him know his point of view over the missed OTA workouts.

“I could have done a better job of reaching out [to Coughlin],” said Nicks, who chose to train in North Carolina during OTAs. “We finally got to talk [this morning] and we got things straight on that end. Coach Coughlin, that is my guy. So I think that relationship can’t go sour. I felt where he was coming from, I should’ve done a better job of reaching out to him.”

Read the rest of what Nicks had to say about returning to the Giants here.

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Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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