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Colts Add a Playmaker in Hakeem Nicks

Posted Mar 14, 2014

Intro: After a pair of free agent signings in the trenches, Ryan Grigson moved to the skill positions on Friday night with the acquisition of Hakeem Nicks. In Nicks, the Colts are getting a two-time 1,000-yard receiver who captured a Super Bowl title at Lucas Oil Stadium with the Giants.



INDIANAPOLISThe picture truly said a thousand words.

There was free agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks flanked by a pair of Colts who, just like the 1,000-yard receiver, have some Tar Heel pedigree in their history.

To the right was Director of Player Engagement David Thornton who, just like Nicks, stared at the University of North Carolina before joining the Colts.

In the background was Colts wide receivers coach Charlie Williams, who held the same position in Chapel Hill for Nicks’ final two seasons there.

The smiles were obvious and none of the men plan on those going away for a long, long time.

“We went back down memory lane,” Nicks, who was signed by the Colts late Friday night, said of his conversations with Williams on Friday.

“He taught me some of the basics back in college so it’ll be good to get back out on the field and work with him.”

 

Nicks comes to Indianapolis after five seasons with the New York Giants in which he averaged 62 catches, 924 receiving yards and five touchdowns per season.

He certainly has fond memories of his new home. In Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium, Nicks led all receivers with a game-high 10 catches for 109 receiving yards.

It’s games like that which attracted Ryan Grigson to Nicks.

“Hakeem is a big, tough, and highly competitive wide receiver who knows what it takes to win,” Grigson said in a team release.

“His big-play potential requires attention from the defense every time he's out on the field. He adds another highly talented playmaker to our offense and we are happy to announce he is now an Indianapolis Colt.”

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At 6-1 and 208 pounds, Nicks brings an added dimension to the Colts receiving corps.

Nicks has some of the biggest hands for any receiver in the NFL with size XXXXL gloves.

Watching Nicks go up and attack the ball in the air is similar to that of a dog catching a Frisbee.

With a potential Hall of Famer in Reggie Wayne and speed to burn courtesy of T.Y. Hilton and LaVon Brazill, the Colts will have plenty of weapons on the outside for Andrew Luck.

Thanks to a quarterback like Luck and an organization built for the playoffs, Nicks knew he waned to return to the city of one of his greatest achievements.

“I feel like they were the most Super Bowl ready and I’m in this game to win Super Bowls,” Nicks said of choosing the Colts.

“I can’t wait.”

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