Coughlin went a step further Thursday, suggesting that the Giants haven't been able to count on Nicks this season.
"He's gotta get better," Coughlin said, via The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.). "He's gotta get to the point where the reliability factor is there as strongly as it always has been. 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."
Nicks might get a pass for dropped passes while playing through a dislocated finger, but the primary concern is that he hasn't consistently separated from coverage or made plays after the catch since lower-leg injuries sabotaged his 2012 season.