EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After skipping out on the team's voluntary organized team activities, New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, was present Tuesday for the start of the team's mandatory three-day minicamp.
Nicks, who met with the media before practice, declined to provide a reason for his absence from the OTAs.
"I'm here now and that's all I'm going to talk about," he said. "I'm not really going to go back. It's in the past already."
But the fifth-year receiver, who last spring broke his foot during an OTA practice in what was the first of multiple injuries that plagued him all last season and which led to career lows in receiving yards (692) and touchdowns (three), did admit that last year was still very much fresh in his mind, especially with him entering the final year of his rookie contract this season.
Nicks, who said he explained his position to general manager Jerry Reese, said he regretted causing angst for head coach Tom Coughlin, who at the start of OTAs, expressed disappointment in having not heard from his star receiver regarding his absence from the voluntary OTAs.
"I feel where he was coming from," said Nicks. "I could have done a better job reaching out, but we finally did get to talk, and we got things straightened out. Coach Coughlin, that's my guy, so I don't think that relationship can go sour."
With Nicks on board for the foreseeable future, attention turned to what it might take to convince his teammate, Victor Cruz, to resolve his ongoing contract situation.
"That's his situation," Nicks said. "I talked to Cruz. He's doing good. His mind is in the right spot. He understands the business side of it. He understands the game as well, but he still loves this team and he still wants to be here."
Nicks also stressed that his contract did not have anything to do with his decision to spend the last few weeks working out on his own in North Carolina, and said that he had no plans of holding out of training camp when the team reports back to the facility on July 26.
He is focused on reacquainting himself with his teammates and to gradually begin working himself back into football shape, ready to rebound from last year's disappointing showing.
"My whole expectation is to be full go by training camp," he said, adding that because he's so familiar with the offense, he wasn't concerned with getting caught up with the mental aspect of things. "That is still the mindset and I'm sure I'll be full-go by (training camp."
By showing up for the camp, Nicks, who came in early Tuesday morning to take his physical, will avoid daily fines that would have amounted to $66,150 had he continued to stay away.