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Victor Cruz's contract negotiations continue to keep the wideout away from the field and Hakeem Nicks opted not to attend voluntary organized team activities, but Eli Manning remains unmoved.

Following Day 1 of OTAs Wednesday, the Giants quarterback displayed no concerns about not having his No. 1 or 2 receivers out there with him on the field. In fact, Nicks' absence should have been expected, Manning said.

"There was no reason to think he wasn?t going to be here," Manning said. "Right now I?m just worrying about myself going out there executing, the guys who are here, trying to make everybody better, up to speed on what we?re trying to do and get the young guys involved and get them caught up to speed on everything going on and try to get better. That?s all we?re working on."
In place of Nicks and Cruz was free-agent addition Louis Murphy, second-year wideout Reuben Randle and third-year pro Jerrel Jernigan, who last week earned praise from Manning and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.

Tags: Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, jerel jernigan, Kevin Gilbride, Louis Murphy, New York Giants, reuben randle, Victor Cruz
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