WR Victor Cruz
December 14, 2016
Q: From an offensive standpoint, you guys got on the board last week with the big play, but do you guys need to figure it out a little bit more and be a little more balanced?
A: I think so. I think as far as run and pass, we definitely need to be more balanced in order to put some points on the board and keep the defenses honest and make sure that they are not cueing in on (Odell) or cueing in on one specific guy, to make sure that they are worried about everybody and that is not an easy thing to do defensively, so we just want to make sure that we are handling our business and taking it one play at a time, but we definitely want to be a balanced offense.
Q: One thing that McAdoo has talked about with you guys is the Rule of 53. What does that mean to you guys and do you believe in that number?
A: I guess so. To be honest, that is more of a coaching thing to instill in us. It is not like we are thinking about that as the game is going on, we are just playing. But obviously that is a thing that keeps us balanced, to make sure that there is a sufficient amount of run and pass to make sure that we are a balanced offense and are doing what we need to do to be able to win.
Q: What is it about their defense late in games? It seems like they really clamp down late in games?
A: I think it is just their attention to detail in that moment or in those final closing moments that they are doing a good job of making a play. Defensively, they are making plays to end drives and to end games and they are doing a good job of that. If you look at it, it is almost like looking in a mirror with our defense being out there and them closing out games and doing what they need to do in order to secure these wins and I think it is somewhat identical, but they are just doing a good job of paying attention to those details, those intricate details to put themselves in a position to close those games out.
Q: How does a team come off an emotional win like Sunday night and realize that you still havenít really accomplished anything yet?
A: By doing exactly that, getting back to work, understanding that that was just one game that we needed to have and now we have to move forward and on to a bigger game, an equally as important game as well. Although they may not be a division foe or rival, we still need this victory to keep ourselves where we want to be in terms of the playoffs and moving forward, so the Lions are a good team and we have to be ready for them.
Q: Do you feel like even at 9-4 we havenít really seen the best of this Giantsí offense yet?
A: Absolutely. Obviously 10 points last week isnít indicative of what this offense is capable of and we just want to make sure that Ė coach is obviously putting in a great game plan together for us this week and we have to go out and execute and be able to put some more points up.
Q: Odell was talking about even though the offense isnít clicking yet, to be 9-4, how excited does that make you?
A: Extremely excited. For us to be here where we are, standing at 9-4 with playoff contention right there on the horizon, it is definitely fun to be here and to understand that the offense hasnít reached that top pinnacle of where we want to be and we know it is coming. We know it is only a matter of time and hopefully it is this week and hopefully the consistency continues from here on out, so we will see how it goes, but we are definitely excited to be in this spot and this position and want to be able to capitalize on it.
Q: Last week we were talking about your zero target game. This week, you have four targets and one catch. How do you think that went as far as a getting the ball?
A: I just think it was an improvement from last week. All I can ask for is to just be where I am supposed to be and hope the ball comes my way and that is what I did and I got one and you just want to keep it moving. You just want to make sure that you are held accountable for what you do out on the field and you take it from there. But everything is fine. I just want to continue moving forward and continue winning games.
Q: When you look back at the film, are you more open than your stats would indicate?
A: There are some areas where I am open, absolutely and there are some areas where, whether it is due to the coverage or whatever the case may be, I am not open, so you have to take the good with the bad. There are always plays where (Eli) is going to find me and (Eli) isnít going to find me, so you just have to take it how it comes and take the balls how they come to you and go from there.
Q: Are you frustrated by it?
A: I mean, obviously as an athlete and as a competitor you want the ball as much as you can, especially when you feel like you are getting open in certain scenarios and certain areas. But like I said, you just have to be a professional and understand that some balls are going to come your way and some arenít and you just have to take it in stride.
Q: How much of an adjustment has it been playing exclusively outside?
A: It is a little different, but obviously, what is this? Week 14, Week 15 something like that? I am pretty accustomed to it now, pretty used to it and I have made some plays out there throughout the year, so it feels good. I am getting comfortable out there and I just want to continue to make progress.
Q: Ben McAdoo was talking about Eliís pick and was a little critical on you. He said that you could have come back to the ball better. What did you think about that play?
A: Just a play. I should have come back to the ball. Obviously there are different scenarios and different ways to come back to the ball and I should have at least gotten in the way of that other defender so that he wouldnít pick it off.
Q: There are some big games coming up. Hopefully a playoff game or two. Do you see yourself becoming an impact player during this stretch?
A: I hope so. I am there, I am waiting for the opportunity. I am just being exactly where I need to be and controlling what I can control and that is being in the right spot and the right position for Eli to hit me whenever he sees fit, so that is really all I can do.