Still adjusting to Pep Hamilton's complex offense and failing to separate from defensive backs in September, Nicks lost his job and became an afterthought in Luck's aerial attack by midseason.
Since racing for a 26-yard touchdown and hauling in a twisting, 18-yard back-shoulder throw in Week 15 versus the Texans, however, Nicks has recaptured playmaking skills that were believed by many to be long gone.
"I think in New York, I was just having injury after injury and I think I just wasn't taking care of it the right way," Nicks said Thursday. "I just kept trying to play through them instead of being patient and sitting and let it heal.
"Now, I am extremely healthy. Looking back on it now, I think that's something that I just had to go through. My body was adjusting."
The Colts have taken early command of the game in each of the past two weeks, perpetuating the luxury of Wayne as an every-down blocking specialist.
If Luck is going to outgun Brady in a potential shootout, the Colts need to emphasize Nicks' playmaking ability at the expense of Wayne's playing time.