We continue on with our look back at 2012 and moving on to wide receiver Victor Cruz. Some questioned whether or not he was a one-year wonder, but he answered that with a resounding no. As I said earlier this off-season, if you stop Cruz, you stop the New York Giants offense – even if a lot of that was because of Hakeem Nicks‘ injuries and Eli Manning‘s inconsistent season. Let’s take a look back at the man who does the salsa after touchdowns.
2012 stats: 86 catches, 1,092 yards 10 touchdowns
2012 Game Of The Year: Week Two’s performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Cruz caught 11 balls for 179 yards and a touchdown. His 80-yard touchdown catch helped tie the game and helped to set the stage for the Giants comeback shortly thereafter.
Where 2012 Went Wrong: As I said, if Cruz was stopped, the Giants has no offense. Cruz had an excellent season, but there were times when he was invisible. However, you can’t really put too much of the blame on him for that, as he did his part to carry the Giants’ offense for much of the season. He was a pro bowl selection, and one of the top vote-getters at his position at that.
2013 Outlook: Cruz is a restricted free agent. Whether he is tended a higher deal or not is a question. Of course the Giants could look to lock up Cruz to nice contract extension, which is in both parties’ best interest. Look for that to be done in the next couple of months. I can’t see it not happening.