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Nicks caught five passes for 53 yards on five targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Giants.

Nicks had extra motivation facing his former team, and there wasn't a ton of competition for targets with both T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne (knee) resting. It was still an encouraging performance, as Nicks also had a 36-yard gain wiped out by a taunting penalty. His minor injury doesn't look like a major concern, but he'll still have plenty of competition for Andrew Luck's attention once the regular-season begins. If he continues to impress, Nicks may have a shot to usurp Hilton as the starting receiver opposite Wayne in two-wide formations.

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Nicks (foot), who caught one pass for 15 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Jets, has been dealing with some nagging pains, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Nicks was bothered by a sore foot earlier in the week, and he may be dealing with other minor ailments. The injuries might help to explain a recent report -- based off the comments of offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton -- which indicated that the veteran wideout hasn't looked good in practice. In any case, Nicks was fine Thursday night, as he drew two targets on Andrew Luck's five passes, with the other three looks going to T.Y. Hilton. According to NFL.com, Nicks said the comments from Hamilton were actually harmless because the Colts' OC just meant that a bunch of players are still working their way into game shape. Nicks is currently positioned as the Colts' No. 3 wideout, with Hilton and Reggie Wayne (knee) expected to work together in two-wide sets. Nicks is obviously talented enough to make a case for more snaps in two-wide formations, but in light of his extensive injury history, it's a bit concerning that he may already be banged up.

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Nicks is dealing with a sore foot, but will practice Tuesday, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Nicks has a history of foot problems, so the most recent news of soreness is hardly reassuring. Although Nicks will still practice, the wideout's recent seasons have been plagued by lingering ailments, making his situation one to monitor. Further, reports over the weekend suggested Nicks was still working his way into game shape, another potential issue. It's certainly possible the Colts are including Nicks in practice to improve his conditioning before Thursday's preseason opener, although his playing status has yet to be addressed.

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Beat writer Dan Graziano says it seemed clear that Hakeem Nicks "chief motivation" last season "was to stay healthy so that he could cash in as a free agent."

The Colts are hoping that Nicks' effectiveness was sapped by his mind, not an accumulation of lower-body injuries. He posted a 56-896-0 line, reportedly frustrating coaches with his inability to get open and make plays. The other concern is that 26-year-old Nicks is now operating on a one-year deal once again, leaving Graziano to wonder if he'll tip-toe through another season. There are a lot of yellow flags here despite Nicks' natural talent and the presence of Andrew Luck.

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Colts agreed to terms with Hakeem Nicks, formerly of the Giants, on a one-year deal.

GM Ryan Grigson has reputation for being a closer, so it was always unlikely Nicks left Indianapolis without a deal. Still only 26-years-old, Nicks would theoretically provide playmaking ability on the outside, allowing T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne to move around the formation. If his heart is in it, the Colts will provide Nicks the offense and opportunity to reemerge as a fantasy relevant wide receiver.

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The 49ers are reportedly interested in Hakeem Nicks.

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Profootballtalk reports that, as of Wednesday evening, the Panthers had yet to show interest in free agent Hakeem Nicks.

It goes against the Charlotte Observer's Thursday report that Nicks was the Panthers' top target to replace Steve Smith. As far as we know, Nicks has yet to schedule a visit, and has been greeted by an ice-cold market. It would be damning if Panthers GM Dave Gettleman, a former member of the Giants' front office, doesn't want Nicks. Of course, it could be as simple as the Panthers not having the money.

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The Colts will host free agent Hakeem Nicks on Friday.

Indy would be a great place for Nicks to rehab his career, assuming his heart is still in it. There are whispers it isn't. Still only 26 years old, Nicks would add theoretical playmaking ability on the perimeter of the Colts' offense, with T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne moving around the formation. Nicks recently listed the Colts as one of his preferred destinations due to quarterback Andrew Luck. He's also drawing interest from the Panthers.

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According to the Charlotte Observer, free agent WR Hakeem Nicks is the Panthers' top target to replace Steve Smith.

Sometimes, it's just a simple connection of the dots. The Panthers are completely overhauling their receiving corps from scratch, Nicks is from Charlotte and he played his college ball at the University of North Carolina. The talented Nicks won't be overly expensive ($4.5 million per season according to CBS Sports) as he comes off two straight disappointing, injury-plagued seasons. An opportunity to rehab his value as Cam Newton's No. 1 option in his hometown should be appetizing.

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Free agent Hakeem Nicks named the Colts, Panthers, and Chargers as teams he's interested in signing with.

"Ideally this is what I want: I want to go to a team where I'm the missing link," said Nicks, 26. "I know if I went to a place like Indianapolis I would be dangerous with a quarterback like Andrew Luck. I can see myself catching passes from Cam Newton or even Philip Rivers." Nicks stated his preference is "a long-term deal," but he's also open to one-year offers. His market hasn't been hot to this point, but Nicks is still very likely to land a starting job. Someone will gamble on his upside.