Hakeem Nicks is putting together one of the worst contract runs in recent NFL history, but the Giants wide receiver hasn’t lost hope yet. In fact, despite failing to catch a single touchdown pass in 10 games, Nicks said he isn’t even frustrated. “Nah, man,” Nicks said Friday. “I don’t think this season’s been frustrating. It’s not over.” That’s true, but the former No. 1 pick has just five more games — starting with Sunday night’s NFC East visit to the Redskins — to show the Giants and every other team looking for a lead receiver he’s worth the franchise-player designation or the substantial investment in free agency. The Giants (4-7) just hope Nicks can find the end zone sometime soon after he was shut out the first 10 games and then held out by coach Tom Coughlin in last week’s loss to the Cowboys because of an abdominal issue. Nicks was a surprise game-day scratch last Sunday against Dallas, and he explained Friday Coughlin didn’t allow him to play because Nicks hadn’t practiced enough for his coach’s liking during the week. Coughlin didn’t even give Nicks the chance to test his condition in pregame warmups, telling him instead at the pregame breakfast he wouldn’t dress. It was one of the Giants’ biggest games of the season, and the loss might have doomed their hopes of making the playoffs, but Nicks said Friday he has moved on. “Obviously, I always want to play,” Nicks said. “But I’ve always got to respect Coach Coughlin, his rules and his wishes. I just tried to be positive. I still wanted to be there for my teammates on the sideline, helping out the best way I can.
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