Coughlin expects Nicks to attend minicamp

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tom Coughlin expects Hakeem Nicks to attend next week's mandatory veterans minicamp.

Nicks, along with Victor Cruz, did not attend Thursday’s voluntary organized team activities session. Coughlin said he still has not spoken with Nicks but hopes to clear the air with the receiver next week.

"We have a mandatory camp. ... I would expect that he would be here," Coughlin said.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter tweeted that Peter Schaffer, Nicks' agent, said, "It's a great day to be alive," when asked whether Nicks' absence was related to his contract. Nicks is entering the final year of his contract.

Coughlin didn't sound like he expected Cruz to be there next week since the receiver is not under contract. Cruz has yet to sign his restricted free-agent tender as he looks to work out a long-term extension with the Giants.

"I think that Cruz is a different category [than Nicks]," Coughlin said. "I’d like to have him, don’t get me wrong."

Cruz cannot be fined if he doesn’t show up to the mandatory minicamp since he is not under contract. Signed players who skip minicamp can be fined up to $66,150 -- $11,025 for the first missed day, $22,050 for the second and $33,075 for the third -- if a player misses all three days.