A few days after Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton questioned Hakeem Nicks' conditioning, the veteran receiver said he's never been in better shape.
From ESPN's Josina Anderson:
Hakeem Nicks to me on questions on his conditioning level: "I'm in the best shape I've ever been in...I came in weighing 209 when I was supposed to come in weighing 212. After Pep came to me to clarify, he said that he (meant) everybody's getting into game shape right now--it's the beginning of camp. He came apologizing to let me know he wasn't just singling me out."
Nicks added, "I think that I have been performing well. They tell me the same thing. We're grown men. They would tell me if I was lacking. "Like coach Pep told me, he said 'if I felt like you were lacking in any area I would come straight to you.' You know, Pep and I have history from Charlotte."
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Nicks, 26, signed a one-year deal with the Colts this offseason after recording 56 receptions for 896 yards for the New York Giants, with whom he spent the first five years of his career.
Nicks is behind Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton on the Colts' receiver depth chart.
Indianapolis went 11-5 and finished in first place in the AFC South last season before falling to the Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs.
The Colts open the preseason Thursday night against the Jets.
- Chris Johnson