Eli Manning working a two-minute drill looked to his left spotted Hakeem Nicks and fired. Nicks straddled the sideline leaped and came down with the ball. First down Giants.

It was a play reminiscent of so many Nicks highlights over the years a play the Giants are anxious to see over and over again after a lost 2012 season for Nicks. He did not participate in any of the team’s organized team activity workouts this spring and did not go full speed at the June minicamp coming off arthroscopic knee surgery but it appears he is returning to form.

Coach Tom Coughlin made sure to comment about a couple of plays Nicks made that caught his attention and it does not appear as if Nicks has any restrictions after struggling last season with foot and then knee issues.

This is a big year for Nicks who is entering the final year of his contract.

“It’s inappropriate to talk about contracts or anything like that’’ general manager Jerry Reese said “but to answer your question obviously we want him to be a Giant for a long time.’’