As the NFL is entering the 13th week of the Regular Season, fans are starting to vote for their favorite players for the Pro Bowl’s first non-conferenced game in its history. Stars at this point in the season are separating themselves from the pack, while pretenders are being exposed.
One star from New Jersey has quietly compiled a Pro Bowl stat line that many fans may not notice, due to the New York Giants‘ underachievement thus far this season.
The UMass product, just 27 years old in his fourth year in the NFL, has consistently been the go-to receiver for Eli Manning the past couple of years, and has stricken fear into defensive secondarys across the league. For the third straight year, Victor Cruz has identified himself as New York’s top reciever, and has proven to be a Pro Bowl talent year in and year out.
Through just 11 games played, Cruz has caught a total of 60 passes for 851 yards and four touchdowns. He is on track to beat his productive season in 2012 that garnered him a Pro Bowl visit, and this year should be no different. On top of that, he has 18 total catches and 231 yards more the second most productive receiver on Big Blue, Hakeem Nicks.
What fans across the league may not know about Cruz is that he went undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, despite his stellar stats as a Minuteman in college. He ranks fourth all-time at UMass with 131 receptions, a stellar stat due to the fact that he didn’t start until his junior year. Cruz also scored 11 touchdowns and just under 2,000 yards in his career in college. He was an All-CAA wide receiver for the 2008 and 2009 seasons.
Now regarded as one of the top offensive weapons in the NFL, Cruz has again compiled the stats to garner him a selection for the 2014 Pro Bowl.
Make sure to vote Cruz for the Pro Bowl on NFL.com, as he has produced the numbers to again be one of the best receivers in the league.