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Hakeem Nicks’ Timing On Par With Andrew Luck

Posted Jun 5, 2014

Intro: With Reggie Wayne rehabbing, Hakeem Nicks has seen plenty of reps in trying to build timing with Andrew Luck. Safe to say Nicks has already turned some heads through a few months of the offseason.



INDIANAPOLISHakeem Nicks had the media confused on Wednesday afternoon.

There he was dressed in his No. 14 blue jersey with gloves strapped to his larger than normal hands.

However, Nicks’ football cleats remained in his locker.

He would be observing Wednesday’s OTA due to a root canal, something that the Colts defensive backs didn’t mind too much.

“Every time you line up against (Nicks), you know you’re going to get his best,” cornerback Greg Toler said on Wednesday.

“When he gets to the ball, he tucks it away fast. I always tell him, 'You don’t give me a chance to make a play across your body.’ Overall, he’s a great player from top to bottom.”

 

Nicks still helped out his quarterbacks on Wednesday by catching stationary passes during positional work, but no team period drills were in the cards for the new Colts wide receiver.

The 2014 offseason program has offered plenty of time for Nicks to get on the same page with Andrew Luck, and assimilate to a system that is comparable to what he played in with the Giants.

Timing is the name of the game right now for Nicks and Luck.

“Just getting the timing down and being on the same communication level that I need to be on so when I get to training camp, I can approach this season running,” Nicks said as the key for this offseason.

Getting offensive concepts down was the main reason why it never crossed the mind of a veteran like Nicks to miss out on these voluntary workouts.

When the 2013 free agency period opened, Nicks wasn’t shy about his desire to continue to play with an elite quarterback.

Luck fits the mold of exactly what Nicks was looking for in his next NFL stop.

“He’s very competitive, a great leader, makes plays on the practice field and I know it converts to the games,” Nicks says of Luck.

 

With Reggie Wayne still rehabbing and T.Y. Hilton sitting out the first part of OTAs, Nicks has gotten an extended run with the Colts first unit.

That means a heavy dose of the 2009 Colts cornerback class (Vontae Davis, Greg Toler and Darius Butler) has gotten up close and personal with their fellow draft mate.

“He’s a big guy who runs his routes well and really attacks the ball,” Butler says of Nicks.

“He’s got some of the biggest hands in the league.”

Despite not participating fully on Wednesday, those mitts were on display to help build rapport with Luck.

That’s what this time of year is all about and it’s looking more and more like Nicks made the right choice in wanting to join forces with Luck back in March.

“To be a great receiver you have to have a great quarterback and you’ve got to be able to fit in well in the system and I think I do that perfectly here.”

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