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Eli Manning expects Hakeem Nicks at Giants minicamp

Hakeem Nicks eventually resurfacing with the New York Giants is more a matter of when, not if.

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Newsday's Tom Rock spoke with quarterback Eli Manning, who has been texting with Nicks and said he expects the receiver to attend this week's full-team, mandatory minicamp.

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Nicks was a no-show at organized team activities because of what Yahoo! Sports described as unhappiness over his contract. Agent Peter Schaffer denies that his client skipped those sessions because of the $2.725 million he's set to earn in the final year of his rookie contract.

The Giants have shown little urgency to furnish Nicks with a new contract, largely because they're still dealing with the demands of Victor Cruz. Nicks -- who would lose up to $66,000 by skipping the three-day minicamp -- brings little leverage to the table. He's coming off an injury-riddled campaign and didn't exactly light it up last season.

But Manning, who in 2012 struggled to build chemistry with his receivers, is losing patience with his on-the-lam wideouts. The two-time Super Bowl-winning passer has been throwing to a group that includes Jerrel Jernigan, Rueben Randle and Louis Murphy. If Manning hopes to be a three-time Super Bowl-winning passer, he needs Nicks and Cruz to sort out their issues and get on the field.

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