Adding Hakeem Nicks to the roster in 2014 will undoubtedly prove beneficial for the Colts. With a young quarterback and great arm in Andrew Luck, just about any receiver would thrive on the conditions in Indianapolis; however, Hakeem will be a great fit.
Obviously there is a big difference between Nicks in 2010 and 2011 as compared to the last few seasons. In 2010-11 Nicks combined for over 2,200 yards and 18 touchdowns. Since then however, he has struggled with injuries that have had his number significantly drop off from his Pro Bowl days.
Signing the one year deal is a win-win situation for the Colts. He has had the production before, so this is not like last year’s DHB signing, where DHB could not even catch a common cold. Either Nicks gets healthy and produces, or the Colts will have a minimal amount invested in Nicks, and can release him during the season.
While Nicks’ health has declined over the past years, I think he is on the mend. He has a new start and won’t need to be the superstar for the Colts. Lower body injuries are often a result of overuse and exhaustion. If Nicks can manage his playing time then he will have the opportunity to come back strong and steady.
Predicting his numbers for 2014, I think Nicks will come in around his 2010 season – over 900 yards and upwards of 5 touchdowns.
Last year the Colts passed for 3,725 yards and rushed for 1743, I believe the total passing yards will increase due to the addition of Hakeem; however, Nicks will be sharing time with T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill, and Reggie Wayne. Whether or not Nicks’ numbers top the charts, his contribution to this offense will be great. He has played on a great offense and one that has struggled, his insight and knowledge of the game, combined with that of Wayne, will be great for the young receiving core.
He may not reach the Pro Bowl with the Colts, but with will add key veteran leadership and add another weapon for a developing Luck.