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Tom Coughlin: Hakeem Nicks 'should be' at Giants OTAs

This week's organized team activities are voluntary, but that didn't stop New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin from expressing displeasure when Hakeem Nicks failed to show.

A surprised Coughlin expected his wide receiver to be in attendance Wednesday. "I don't know," Coughlin said, via the New York Daily News. "He should be here."

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It seems Eli Manning also expected Nicks present and ready for OTAs.

"You know, I had no reason to think he wasn't going to be here," Manning told The Record's Art Stapleton.

It's not clear why Nicks is staying away from practice. He was at a New York charity event Tuesday night. Nicks told reporters a week ago that he was feeling as good as he has felt in awhile, but he still was likely to be limited this week after undergoing offseason knee surgery.

Nicks' absence means the Giants are without their top two receivers in OTAs, as unsigned restricted free agent Victor Cruz also is missing. Both players are entering contract years, though there's no indication that Nicks is dissatisfied with the pace of negotiations.

We wouldn't put much stock in Nicks' no-show. He worked out with Eli Manning at Duke University a month ago and likely will rejoin his Giants teammates sooner rather than later.

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