The 2014 NFL Combine is THE STORY around the New York Giants and the entire NFL right now, and Big Blue View will continue to have all of the coverage you need throughout the annual Underwear Olympics. There are, however, other things going on as well. These are your non-Combine headlines for Friday.
Giants' free-agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, gunning for a big payday on the open market, has signed with Jay Z's sports agency, Roc Nation.
The Carolina Panthers have been the team many have considered most likely to give Nicks that big payday. Panthers' GM Dave Gettleman, a former Giants pro personnel man, said Friday that isn't going to happen. Gettleman said Thursday that Carolina will be looking for "overlooked" free agents and aiming to sign players to short-term deals. That, incidentally, is a very Giants-like philosophy.
Giants' co-owner John Mara, a member of the league's Competition Committee, Thursday addressed potential rules changes.
Word broke Thursday that running back David Wilson, who recently underwent spinal fusion surgery for the neck injury he suffered last season, is "expected to be ready for training camp." My advice: Take that with a grain of salt. That sound like optimistic agent-speak. You can hope that will be the case, but it's more than five months away so don't count on it. Let's hope the Giants also proceed as though Wilson's availability will be a bonus.
While almost everyone in the universe is focused on the Giants' need to fix their offensive line, Football Outsiders makes the case that upgrading the receiving corps is actually a bigger need.