Oct 21, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (88) cannot reach a pass during the first half against the Minnesota Vikings at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

New York Giants' Tom Coughlin says Hakeem Nicks is not as reliable as he once was

Things are starting to get bumpy for Hakeem Nicks. The talented, though, injury-prone wide receiver is in the final year of his contract, entering each game knowing it could be his last as New York Giant given the trade rumors swirling.

Nicks has already expressed his desire to get paid – something that seems less and less likely to happen with the Giants considering they gave a large chunk of money to fellow wide receiver Victor Cruz prior to the start of the season.

So in a bit of a lame duck scenario, Nicks is consistently left waiting to see what’s going to happen. That probably hasn’t helped his game, which has been sub-par this season, even resulting in head coach Tom Coughlin calling him out, suggesting he’s not as reliable as he once was:

“He’s gotta get better. He’s gotta get to the point where the reliability factor is there as strongly as it always has been,” the coach said today. “Has it been there up to this point? No. But we’re saying ‘let’s work, let’s get back to work and get this done.’ We count on this guy.”

With immense physical gifts, there’s no reason for Nicks not to dominate outside of a struggling mental game, which has been holding him back.

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