Nicks gets work in with Eli

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. -- Hakeem Nicks has been trying to make up for lost time this offseason by working out with Eli Manning.

Nicks said he worked out with Manning twice this week and has more training sessions planned with the Giants quarterback in the coming weeks.

"We hooked up twice this week already and we’re going to do it again," Nicks said at his Verizon Football ProCamp at Dwight Morrow High School.

Nicks skipped voluntary OTAs but did attend mandatory minicamp earlier this month. While he was limited at minicamp as the Giants take things slowly with Nicks, the receiver said he has been doing everything without limitations with Manning.

He also reiterated that he is a "full-go" for training camp and will be there.

"I'm running full routes," Nicks said. "I feel good. Ready to go."

Nicks is entering the final year of his contract. He knows how important it is for him and the Giants to be healthy and to have a big season.

"It’s definitely big," Nicks said. "Talking about it can't even do it justice. Just got to go out there and do what is expected."

Teammate Victor Cruz also could be a free agent next year as well. Cruz recently signed his one-year RFA tender but is still negotiating a long-term extension.

"I was excited for him," Nicks said of Cruz signing the tender. "I am just happy he got his deal."

Giving back: Nicks hosted nearly 250 kids, ranging from the first grade to the eighth, at his second football camp.

With several local football coaches teaching the kids, Nicks moved from drill to drill to interact with the kids.

"Just giving back to the community, reaching out to the little kids, this is my second time doing it," Nicks said. "Much bigger than last time and hopefully I can keep doing it. And it just keeps getting bigger and bigger."

"Growing up in Charlotte, a lot of the Panthers players would have camps," Nicks added. "I didn’t go to my first camp until the summer of eighth grade. I still remember it to this day so I know that these guys will remember this for a long time too."