Giants' Tom Coughlin challenges Hakeem Nicks to improve

Nick Laham

New York's coach has taken an aggressive approach toward his star receiver.

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin is not sugarcoating his disappointment in wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

Coughlin, who has seen his team struggle mightily to a 1-6 season, has seen enough from Nicks to hit the media with a few comments that are not typical in today's NFL. Per the piece:

"He's gotta get better. He's gotta get to the point where the reliability factor is there as strongly as it always has been," the coach said today. "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 has been the source of much conjecture around New York in recent weeks. With the team seemingly out of the playoff picture before Halloween, there has been talk of potentially dealing the former first round pick. Nicks' deal expires at the end of this season, giving the Giants plenty of motive to send him packing if they do not plan to re-sign him.

This year, Nicks has 27 catches for 470 yards and zero touchdowns. In his five-year career, Nicks has been very productive when on the field, but also struggles with injuries at times. He has never played a full 16-game season.

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