Former Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks is among the wide receivers that will work out this week for the Ravens, according to Ed Werder of ESPN, and confirmed by CSNmidatlantic.com.
The Ravens will use their bye week to seek help at the position, with Steve Smith becoming the latest Ravens receiver to suffer a season-ending injury. Michael Campanaro and Darren Waller are also done for the year, and there is no indication that first-round pick Breshad Perriman is close to returning from a knee injury that has kept him out all season.
The trade deadline is today (Nov. 3), and even if the Ravens don’t swing a deal, they need more depth at the position. Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown, Jeremy Butler, Chris Givens and Jeremy Ross are the healthy receivers on the 53-man roster. Daniel Brown is a wide receiver on the practice squad.
“I wouldn’t rule out that we would bring another receiver in from somewhere,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “Obviously, we’re looking really hard right now to figure out what we’re going to do.”
Nicks is only 27 years old, but there is no guarantee the Ravens will sign him. He has reportedly worked out for four teams this season that have not signed him -- Cowboys, Giants, Patriots, and Saints.
Nicks has not been nearly as productive in recent seasons as he was in 2010 and 2011, when he had back-to-back 1000-yard years. He was a disappointment last season with Colts when he had just 38 catches for 405 yards in 16 games. Foot and knee injuries have bothered Nicks in recent years.
However, at this point, the Ravens must look for wide receiver help wherever they can find it. Nicks will try to convince the Ravens he can help them in the second half of the season.