Eli expects Nicks to attend mini camp

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. -- Eli Manning has been texting with Hakeem Nicks and he expects to see his top receiver at Giants mini camp starting Tuesday.

"Hopefully he is here tomorrow," Manning said at an appearance for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic at Mount Kisco Country Club. "I expect him to be there tomorrow so we'll see."

While Nicks is expected to show up for the mandatory veterans mini camp, Victor Cruz still remains unsigned as he continues to negotiate a long-term extension. Since Cruz hasn't signed his one-year RFA tender yet, he can't be fined by the team for not attending the camp. I'd be surprised if I saw Cruz at mini camp this week. Read about what Manning had to say about Nicks and Cruz here.

Nicks may be limited in mini camp as the Giants try to make sure the receiver stays healthy after having a minor scope on his knee in the offseason. Manning said the two got to work on some things in April during offseason workouts but didn't push it too much to make sure Nicks stays healthy.

"With Hakeem, we got to make sure he is completely healthy and something he has been battling for a while and make sure at the start of the season he is 100 percent," Manning said. "The first week of workouts, we were doing routes and some things we were being smart and not pushing too much. Just trying to work on some basic things where I thought we kind of went backward last year in some of the techniques and not being quite on the same page. And a lot of that is because of his injury."

Eli's Guiding Eyes: Manning participated in the Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic at Mount Kisco Country Club on Monday. Manning is passionate about the cause and he makes time every year for this event.

He also puts on a blindfold and attempts to putt blind to show reporters what blind golfers do all the time.

"I really started with Guiding Eyes because a family friend has won this tournament over 20 times," Manning said. "He asked me to get involved and come and I did and got to learn what Guiding Eyes does and the help they give to so many people.

In 2008, the Guiding Eyes for the Blind dog school launched "Heeling Autism" -- a service dog program to provide "safety and companionship" for children on the autism spectrum.

"[The autism program] is incredible," he added. "They have really grown over the years and I have gotten to meet a lot of people whose lives have been greatly impacted by Guiding Eyes and the guide dogs."