The New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has been lighting up the second half of preseason games so far this year, but will he have done enough to make the team?
I’d like to think so. He leads the preseason in yards, touchdowns, and is second behind Jordan Shipley in receptions.
He really turned heads against the Jets’ backups when he turned in three touchdowns, completely dominating anyone the Jets through at him. The night was highlighted by an unbelievable one handed catch that made every NFL GM wonder why he wasn’t drafted.
But the real question is this: Is Cruz a diamond in the rough, or just a preseason performer?
With so many options at the wide receiver position, someone talented will be getting their pink slip, if you will, and have to look for work somewhere else.
It seems like the Giants have been in this place before. In 2007, when the Giants featured the three headed monster of Derrick Ward, Brandon Jacobs, and Ahmad Bradshaw, Ryan Grant was forced down the depth chart and onto the practice squad.
The Green Bay Packers must have been watching because he wasn’t there for long. They snatched him up and he has been great for them ever since, amassing two straight 1200 yard seasons in the process.
I get the feeling this would be the route Victor Cruz would take were he not to make the team. The Giants had better realize what they have in him. Taking into account this has been one of the best run organizations since Jerry Reese took over, they probably won’t make the same mistake twice.
Cruz’s future with the team is a little less doubtful with the news of Sinorice Moss heading to IR, which should pave the way for the Giants to have six wide receivers.
Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, Hakeem Nicks, Ramses Barden, Derek Hagan, and Cruz should be the six. With Hagan being such an asset in special teams they can afford to have this many wide outs.
The loss of Moss and Domenik Hixon to season ending injuries could be a blessing in disguise for this young rookie.