The New York Giants reportedly add veteran wide receivers Wes Welker and Hakeem Nicks to its weekly work outs. Aside from other unsigned players, the Big Blue is also said to be working out former Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley. ESPN's Josina Anderson reports, citing league sources, that the Giants have enlisted the two familiar wide receivers on their Tuesday session.
Welker had been one of the league's most consistent and prolific slot receiver. In his career, he has accumulated almost 900 receptions, more than 9,800 yards, and 50 touchdowns. Hoverer, after he left the Patriots for the Broncos, his numbers began to decline.
During his stint at Denver, the wideout missed two games due to injuries, catching only 49 passes which is the fewest receptions he had since 2005. Welker only managed to average just 9.5 yards per catch, the lowest in his career, and scored only two touchdowns. He has yet to appear in a game in the current season after his contract with the Broncos expired.
Hakeem Nicks, meanwhile, is a former New York Giants receiver. The 27-year-old once posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, and in his five seasons for the team he caught a total of 311 passes.
After spending the first half decade of his career with the Giants, he transferred to the Indianapolis Colts in 2014. He caught a less than impressive 38 passes for the Colts, averaging 10.7 yards per grab in the last season.
The other player reported to be working out with the Giants is former Redskins Chris Cooley. He had been in Washington from 2004 to 2012. Cooley retired from the NFL in 2013 to become an analyst, but the former tight end has kept himself in good shape and is reportedly ready for his comeback.
It is worth noting that the New York Giants routinely bring in free agents for their Tuesday workouts. The practice event is not a guarantee that the players will end up being offered with contracts. Those workouts is mainly about having a close look on free agents who might be able to perform well or to watch out for those who are prone to injury.
The team currently have five receivers and three tight ends on their roster. It usually hosts about a dozen players in the said Tuesday sessions and a vast majority of them are not signed. However, it is interesting to include Welker, Nicks and Cooler in New York's workouts because of their profile and because of the fact that the team only have three tight ends and five wide receivers on their lineup at present.