Cruz, Nicks still missing from Giants workouts

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N. J. -- New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning acted as if he were just going to his third read in a passing play when asked about the absence of his top two wide receivers, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, at OTA workouts.

"It doesn't do any help to worry about it," Manning said Thursday about missing his top receivers. "All you can do is go ahead and compete and try to get better and try to get the guys who are out there, work with them, get them caught up to speed. Get the new guys involved, get them learning the ins and outs of the offense. Try to go out there and execute."

Cruz remains unsigned and won't show up unless that changes. He opted not to accept the Giants' first-round free-agent tender.

Nicks is under contract and expected to show up for next week's mandatory minicamp or face daily fines that could total over $60,000.

Despite Manning saying all the right things, there is concern about the passing game coming together. Every receiver develops at a different pace, but Manning believes that once Cruz and Nicks report to camp, he'll be able to quickly get back on the same page with them.

"Obviously it's always a matter of working on your timing. We should be on the same page. That shouldn't be a problem."

--Cornerback Terrell Thomas, who is trying to come back from a third ACL surgery, was able to do limited individual drills in Thursday's OTA workout.

"We're taking it slow," he said. It's important not to rush things. The goal is to be ready for the start of the season."

Meanwhile, linebacker Jacquian Williams, another defensive player, also took limited reps in Thursday's OTAs, the first he's taken all spring. Williams, who is projecting to be the starting weakside linebacker, has been resting a PCL injury in his knee that he initially aggravated last season.

"I miss being out there so I have to be smart with it," Williams said. "I decided to get a couple of reps in today."

And how did things go?

"I felt great," he said. "It's still a progression. I'm not a 100 percent yet, but I'm working on it."
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