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Nicks had nine catches for 72 yards in Sunday's 42-7 loss to the Cowboys. He was targeted a team-high 11 times.

With T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) inactive, the Colts turned their focus to Hakeem Nicks, resulting in season highs in both receptions and yards. With a first-round bye now out of reach for Indianapolis, the Colts may consider resting Hilton again to get him fresh for the playoffs, which could lead to another game of increased opportunities for Nicks.

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Nicks had two receptions for 44 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown, in Sunday's win over Houston.

It was a surprising performance since Nicks had just one catch the previous three games and seemed to be stuck on the bench behind Donte Moncrief. Nicks still played fewer snaps on offense than Moncrief (36 to 21) and Moncrief had four targets, so it may not indicate a big reversal of playing time.

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Nicks did not have a reception and was targeted just two times in Sunday's win over Cleveland.

Nicks played just 18 snaps on offense as he's fallen far behind Donte Moncrief (who played 50 snaps on offense) for the third receiver role.

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Nicks did not have a reception or a target and played just 17 snaps on offense in Sunday's win over Washington.

Nicks has been passed by Donte Moncrief as the third receiver. After Moncrief had 134 yards receiving and two long touchdowns, it's hard to see Nicks having a large role on the offense the rest of the season barring injury.

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Nicks had one reception for 16 yards and was targeted just once in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.

Nicks played fewer snaps than rookie Donte Moncrief (30 to 28), which isn't a good sign. The two receivers have been trading off playing time, but neither can be counted on for consistent production as the third or fourth receiver in the Indy offense.

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Nicks caught 2-of-5 targets for 15 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-20 loss to the Patriots.

Nicks caught a fade pass for a 10-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but he didn't do anything else of note. He has yet to top five receptions or 50 yards in a single game this season, despite suiting up for each of the Colts' 10 contests.

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Nicks caught 3-of-4 targets for 44 yards in Monday's 40-24 win over the Giants.

Nicks got revenge on his former team in the form of a victory, but he once again didn't do anything to make the Giants regret letting him go. He failed to make the most of Reggie Wayne's absence, and with Wayne now back in tow, a performance like Monday's is toward the high end of what can be expected from Nicks on a weekly basis.

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Nicks had just one catch on five targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 51-34 loss at Pittsburgh.

Considering Nicks started for an injured Reggie Wayne (elbow) and Andrew Luck threw for 400 yards, it was a very disappointing performance from the veteran wideout. Meanwhile, rookie Donte Moncrief busted out in a big way Sunday, catching seven passes (on 12 targets) for 113 yards and a touchdown. Interestingly, Moncrief looks and plays like Nicks in his prime; a big player with good speed that can win jump balls in traffic. The Colts have been loyal to their veteran players in the past, so while Nicks might not be completely phased out of the offense, it would be a surprise if Moncrief isn't used more moving forward, regardless of Wayne's status.

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Nicks is slated to start in place of Reggie Wayne on Sunday against the Steelers, the Indianapolis Star reports.

With Wayne (who has recorded 62 targets in seven games to date) out Sunday, fellow wideout T.Y. Hilton will remain busy as usual, with both Nicks and Donte Moncrief now in line for added looks in the Colts' Week 8 offense.

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With Reggie Wayne (elbow) declared out for Sunday's game, Nicks is expected to see increased targets against the Steelers.

Andrew Luck has thrown Wayne's way nearly nine times per game, so those looks have to go somewhere, and Nicks and Donte Moncrief are the most likely beneficiaries. Pittsburgh's pass defense has been up and down this season (13th in yards allowed), but Luck and the Colts' passing attack have proven they can be successful against pretty much any defense.