Eli Manning has recently been in contact with Hakeem Nicks and the Giants’ franchise quarterback expects to see the wide receiver today when the team begins the first day of a three-day mandatory mini-camp.

Then again, coach Tom Coughlin expected Nicks to be present during OTAs more than two weeks ago, when the 25-year-old receiver did not attend any of the voluntary practices.

“I expect him to be there [today], but we’ll see,” Manning said, who was supporting the 36th Annual Guiding Eyes for the Blind Golf Classic in Mount Kisco, N.Y. “I sent some text messages and stuff and so hopefully he’s here [today].”

Manning is also hoping to see Victor Cruz soon, but the unsigned receiver, along with Nicks, did not report for pre-mini-camp physicals yesterday.

Cruz is not expected to show today. Nicks is not required to report until today and could take the physical before the afternoon practice.

“Victor’s got to get his business handled so he can get back to work,” Manning said.

Manning said Nicks did not relay why he has been a no-show so far, but the latter has much reason to rejoin the team today because he can be fined as much as $66,150 for missing the mini-camp, but Cruz can not be fined for not attending.

Nicks, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in the offseason and is entering the final year of his contract, had participated in an offseason program with Manning in April, following an injury-filled season when he was limited to 53 catches and three touchdowns.

Manning said that when he worked out with Nicks and Cruz at Duke University, Nicks was not yet at 100 percent and was still being “smart” about pushing too hard, but during a charity event in Manhattan the day before OTAs began, Nicks said he felt great physically.