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5 things you need to know about WR Hakeem Nicks

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Five things you need to know about newly re-signed WR Hakeem Nicks


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1. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks returns to the team that selected him with the 29th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. The former first-rounder played his first five seasons with the Giants (2009-2013) before signing with the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 14, 2014. He most recently spent time in Tennessee, where the Titans signed him on April 27, 2015, but terminated his contract prior to the start of the regular season. Over the course of 86 games with 65 starts, his career totals include 349 receptions for 5,027 yards and 31 touchdowns.

2. On the Giants' all-time receiving lists, Nicks currently ranks ninth in both receptions (311) and yards (4,622) and is part of a five-way tie for 11th in touchdowns (27).

3. Nicks was instrumental in the Giants' Super Bowl XLVI run, recording 28 catches for 444 yards and four touchdowns in four postseason games. The 444 yards still rank second-most in NFL history for a single postseason, trailing only Larry Fitzgerald's 546 in 2008 with the Cardinals.

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4.** Nicks' last game was with the Colts in the 2014 AFC Championship Game, which they lost to the Patriots. He caught six passes for 98 yards and a touchdown that postseason after recording 38 receptions for 405 yards and four touchdowns in 16 regular-season games in 2014.  

5. A native of Charlotte, Nicks recorded the most career receptions (181) and the most touchdown receptions (21) in University of North Carolina history. His 181 receptions are good enough for 13th all-time in Atlantic Coast Conference history. He attended Independence (Charlotte, N.C.) High School, where he was named MVP of the Class 4-AA state championship game after leading Independence (15-0) to a 38-19 win over New Bern with eight catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns. Nicks was undefeated throughout his high school career.

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