And there was a point in training camp I thought he was a possible cut. I am glad I was wrong (see kmed, it's not so hard to say that) about him.
But when he runs his routes, you can see how there is sometimes just no way the DB can stay with him. He has made Manningham superfluous. And what's more, he has matured over time to where you can see he is working at his craft like a professional. Not doing the TD dance last week was discussed last week and that shows awareness of the team nature of things but he is where he is supposed to be on a very consistent basis which he wasn't earlier on. Maybe the Stokley signing was a good prod in his ass or maybe it was coming anyway but Eli now has good data to back up what is a burgeoning trust.
I thought our starting WRs in 2012 would be Barden and Nicks but Cruz and Nicks look like a long term combination for us. Great compliments in style and both versatile.
crazy to think that an undrafted rookie FA in his first full year in the NFL could actually break all of the Giants receiving records. Just think about that for a second. Insane.
callout. This thread has potential.
And I am starting to feel better about the strong possibility of Mario walking in the Offseason
if you are going to start making posts for all the times you are wrong, this place is going to be mortchristensoninteractive.
I was like where did this kid come from. Then we forgot about him to a point. He comes in camp, reports of him dropping passes and not stepping up. Not really getting a whole lot of looks in preseason. Then BAM, explodes on the NFL like a cruz missle. What a find....
had he had Rice as his mentor?
The fact that he has shown significant progress to go along with his natural talent is cause for great optimism.
It's essentially his rookie year and with Nicks on the other side, we will always have someone open. I would love someone in the middle of the field(preferably a TE) who can keep defenses honest too. That's not a knock on Ballard, I like him.
which you can't really teach.
Every time he catches the ball, he looks like he is going to break away due to the types of moves he has.
Other than Eli, Cruz is the best thing about this season.
I mocked Beez for calling the Cruz shot early on this year - but Beez is my bitch!
we all knew he had talent in that jets preseason game, but who knew it would convert to what he's done this year in the regular season on a week to week basis where he has been one of the most, if not, THE most, explosive receivers in the league. really impressive. he needs to average 67 yards per game the rest of the way to break toomer's single season yards record (1,343) and needs 6 td's to tie homer jones' single season td's record (13).
is it bad that i'm already thinking how he'll probably hold out next year for a better contract?
Nicks, Cruz, Ballard, Barden, Manningham, Beckum (Who?),Bradshaw, Jacobs. Eli keeps the field expanding. You can never have too many. And let's not forget Hixon, who we hope will recover, and who went out on such a fine catch.
you need more than 2 good receivers these days
That steve smith ran that broke scandricks ankles
with Cruz. If Stevie Johnson can turn him around, Cruz will have him dancing the salsa
I love saying CRUUUUZ in my living room. My two little girls join me now. CRUUUZZ. He looks like a keeper.
I think Jernigan will be in the mix next season
almost all season. The few times that teams have decided to put him 1 vs 1 on a corner with a safety deep, Nicks has burned them making outstanding catches. The SF TD is just one example. But there are others. I love Cruz but If I could only have 1 I would take Nicks. Hes the better player overall. Hes so tough and just makes incredible catches. Hes a complete reciever
the most exciting Giant for me in a long time.
after this year (More money from another team in FA), should
the Giants lock up Cruz to a long term extension after only
one GREAT productive Year.
Tough decision. I want Cruz on this team for a long time.
Manningham gone, and Steve Smith or a Plax Burress tall type in there to go with Cruz.
I hope our WR corps looks exactly like it did yesterday. Cruz/Nicks starters...Cruz to the slot and Barden to the outside in 3 WR sets... 4th WR Jernigan/Beckum
TEs Ballard/Beckum with a new blocking specialist to play for different 2 TE formations...
he'll be broke in a week with the new CBA.
Players, esp low paid ones, have no leverage with the amount of the fines.
But, look for the Giants to get him locked up before he even gets to FA.
I had my doubts about him when he was dropping balls in the preseason but WOW.Did he prove me wrong.The Giants should target him like the Pats do Welker.He gets open effortlessly with his amazing quickness.Just a joy to watch.
Obviously good rapport and chemistry with Eli. That may be something of a side-effect of another vital intangible he possesses: the ability to think a fraction of a second faster than everyone else. In any case, he not only knows where to get to on the field in relation to where the defenders are, but he also seems to know where Eli will find him. And he makes it look easy.
I think his mental quicks are just as beneficial as his physical quicks.
"Other than Eli, Cruz is the best thing about this season."
that we were looking for warm bodies to be our WRs. How things have changed.
Every day on the Corner Forum you can read a post bemoaning the injuries the Giants have sustained this year. Injuries are routinely used by some as an excuse. But if not for injuries, Victor Cruz would be stocking shelves at Walmart and the Giants would be without their best receiver.
Victor Cruz is to the Giants what Wes Welker is to the Patriots.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
about how Cruz really isn't that quick?
NFL WR's in 2011
1. Welker 555
2. Megatron 375
3. Cruz 360
4. S. Smith 347
5. M. Wallace 346
By the way, if you haven't seen it, try and look at the YAC run on Mike Wallace TD yesterday. That guy is just sick
but I do remember several Cruz-related threads from a few months back where I was saying the same shit that I'm saying now :)
Not enough is made of how much of an advantage it is to be able to process information quickly as a receiver. We get so wrapped up in 40 times -- shouldn't it make sense that thinking .2 seconds faster than everyone else is at least as much of an advantage as running a 40 yard dash .2 seconds faster?
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that seems pretty prescient right about now get on board the Cruz train
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