Hakeem Nicks' offseason has been full of question marks after he stayed away from the New York Giants' facility while hoping for a new contract. He then missed training-camp practice Sunday with tightness in his groin further fueling the concerned questions.

However at least one man close to the situation has no doubts about the wide receiver's importance to the Giants.

"I think the No. 1 wideout is Hakeem Nicks" Victor Cruz said on NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Monday. "I mean he's been here longer he understands this offense. He's our big-play guy he's on the outside. So I definitely think he's our No. 1 receiver there's no doubt about it."

While there might not be any doubt in Cruz's mind Nicks will have to be healthy the entire season to be paid like one.

While Cruz campaigned for his teammate's contract he said his own contract -- and those for slot receivers around the NFL -- demonstrates that receivers should get paid regardless of where they line up.