WR Victor Cruz
October 25, 2016
Q: Last week you mentioned that on your previous trip to Europe the fans were cheering at odd points. Do you think the fans had a better understanding of the game this time?
A: I think so, especially when they put the rules up on the big screen for every penalty and every down and distance, whatever scenario it is, they put the rules up on the big board. That helps them out. It was definitely a fun experience to play in London. The fans seemed to really appreciate the game of American football. It was definitely one of those moments I won't forget.
Q: How does it feel to go into the bye week with a couple of wins? More enjoyable?
A: Absolutely. You want to go into the bye on a positive note. You want to go into the bye understanding that you're coming off a two-game winning streak but you want to continue that trend. You want to relax but keep all of your focus on what's to come in the second half on the season.
Q: What have you guys discovered as far as the offense goes that contributed to those two wins?
A: Just our resiliency. Understanding that everything is not going to go our way, we're not going to get every call, we're not going to get the scenarios that are always perfect for us. We just have to make sure when it's our time to make a play and are slotted to make that play, that we actually make it and that's what we've done these past two games. When those opportunities are there, we make the play.
Q: How much will you take the bye week to take a look at where the offense is?
A: That's exactly what we do. Obviously as a coaching staff, they're looking at it and as players, you're at home watching some film and just seeing the places you can pick up and the places you can get better. There's always room for improvement so you just want to continue to look at the offense, look at what you did individually, look at things you can change and take it from there.
Q: Do you think the bye came at the right point in the schedule for you guys?
A: I think so. You always want the bye right in the middle of your schedule so you can feel like you have two halves of the season. In my opinion, I think it comes at a great time.
Q: A lot of questions before the season were about how great this offense could be, do you guys know yet or have some of the stumbles still left doubt?
A: We know individually. I think it's just a matter of continuing to push down the field on game day, continuing to execute and catch the balls that come our way and understanding the game plan going into each week. Then, taking it from there. Obviously we left some things out there on the field the first couple of games of the season and itís time to go cash-in on those things for the second half.
Q: Do you even look at the standings right now?
A: No. I know that we're 4-3 and on a two-game win streak and want to continue going up.
Q: What kind of conversations have you guys had as teammates discussing the situation with Josh Brown?
A: Understanding all the facts and getting all the information we can. Some of us have our own opinions on it that I'll leave in the locker room. So, we'll just leave it at that.
Q: What's your opinion?
A: Next question. You guys have already asked me about that at length. Domestic violence is disgusting, it's not something I standby at all and I prefer if you guys don't ask me anymore questions about Josh Brown.
Q: Doing anything interesting during the bye?
A: Thinking about traveling but, it is Halloween weekend and by daughter has a new costume for every day of the week it feels like. I'll be trick-or-treating with her.
Q: Do you have any ideas for Halloween?
A: I'm going to be James Bond in Spector, in the beginning when he had that bone-skull mask on. I just came-up with that the other day. I'm getting my suit made as we speak.
Q: When are you going to start thinking about the Eagles game?
A: Probably towards the end of this week as the weekend goes and we watch a couple of games, start to get back in that football mode and that's when you start thinking about the Eagles and your next opponent and start getting ready to go.
Q: It's going to be a big game.
A: Any division game is always a big one for us. Obviously against the Eagles who are doing some pretty good things so far in this young season. It's going to be a test for us and I think coming off a bye week is perfect for us to kind of get all our legs up under us and attack this game head on.
Q: This division has really turned out be surprising to a lot of people and right now, you guys are looking up. How difficult is that to chew on?
A: Is it surprising? I feel like the division is like this every year. I feel like it always comes down to those final two months of the season, almost the final month, almost the final game of the year to decide who's going to win this division. We just got to understand that we need to keep pushing the envelope. Continue to be 1-0 each week and that's what we strive and then we'll take it from there.
Q: See, I thought you'd be undefeated by now.
A: (Laughs), you're a little bias.
Q: How do you feel going into the bye week?
A: I feel good. I just want to continue that trend, continue to feel good each and every week. So far, I feel fantastic. I've been making my plays in spots where I can and just want to continue the positive influence.
Q: How does it feel to be back and making a contribution to this team?
A: It feels fantastic man. I can't help but smile just thinking about how far I've come and to be at this point now is just a beautiful thing. I just want to continue to stack those successes, continue to take care of my body, continue to feel this good week-in and week-out. And then, hopefully, look-up at the end of this thing and be playing game number 20 in the Super Bowl and laying it all out on the line and resting up for the off-season.
Q: When will we see your salsa again?
A: Hopefully very soon (laughs). I've got to talk to Eli, warm his arm-up, massage it a little bit and see if he can find me in the end zone once or twice.