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RoanokeFan
05-21-2012, 03:09 PM
GIANTS' DYNAMIC WIDE OUT ON "CRUZ" CONTROL (http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/giants_dynamic_wide_out_on_cruz_control/10840403)

"The defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants had a d***ling dream like
season in 2011 that astoundingly ended with another surprising defeat over the
New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI. A team built upon pure talent and
unpredictability set the standard for the year, as the Giants became the most
unlikely playoff contenders amongst a solid core of NFL dynamos such as the
Packers, Steelers, and Patriots. Part of their huge success is credited to
several key players who emerged as rising superstars in the NFL such as Victor
Cruz, who is seemingly becoming one of the hottest wide receivers currently
playing the game. Heís the talk of the town in New York and one of their most
beloved, even with Tim Tebow hogging some of the Broadway glitz and glam. But
nonetheless, this unlikely hero has risen to a new level in the NFL ranks and
the burning question most of us want answered is how high is this manís star
going to rise?


Victor Cruz grew up in the rough city of Patterson, New Jersey. Going into
college Cruz was recruited by several 1-AA schools to play football, but none
who werenít nationally recognized for the sport. With so very few options, Cruz
settled on the University of Massachusetts and was delighted by the fact that he
just got the opportunity to continue to play football, even if that meant
studying more to earn higher grades. He red-shirted his freshman year and
practiced with the team until he was able to start during his junior season.
Overall Cruz finished with 11 touchdowns, 131 catches and just under 2,000 yards
receiving for his final two years in college. Not bad for a guy of his stature
now.</p>


In the 2010 NFL Draft, Cruz went undrafted as he watched teams draft player
after player that he matched up well against. No teams made any commitments to
him therefore leaving Cruz little, if any hope of the NFL dream. It wasnít until
the Giants picked him up that Cruz was finally going to get his prime
opportunity to shine.</p>


Cruz exploded in his rookie year during the pre-season helping him gain
significant recognition. He finished first in receiving yards amongst all
wide-outs with 297 yards during the pre-season, having a huge game against the
New York Jets with six catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-16
rout. Unfortunately, the injury bug bit hard and Cruz only appeared in three
regular season games without a catch before going on injured reserve with a
hamstring injury.</p>


It was in 2011 that Cruz became the teamís fourth receiver due to the loss of
receiver Steve Smith. His role was expanded when Mario Manningham and Domenik
Hixon were hindered due to injury giving Cruz a chance to prove his worth to a
Giants team desperate to make a Super Bowl run. Cruz had a standout season
ending with a franchise record 1,536 receiving yards on 82 receptions, while
snagging 9 touchdowns for the year. His agility, quickness, and ability to read
the play have stunned many teams alike and he is now one of the most nationally
recognized players in the NFL.</p>


So what is it about this guy that has Giantís fans bellowing out his name every
time the ball is tossed his way? Your guess is as good as mine but Victor Cruz
does indeed have the dynamic speed, agility, ferocity, talent, and mentality of
a great football player. Time after time Cruz has proved himself on the gridiron
with aw aspiring catches, juke moves, and salsa touchdown celebration dances.
Itís his character on and off the field that have Giants fans going crazy for
the guy.</p>


So whatís next in this Cinderella story come to life? The Giants are coming
off a remarkable season (due in big part to Victor Cruz) and now look to repeat
in the 2012 season. One thing is for sure though; Cruz is going to be a vital
part of the Giants future success."</p>

smashndash715
05-21-2012, 03:16 PM
Im also from PATERSON not patterson..cruz is the man

Mod_C
05-21-2012, 04:34 PM
Im also from PATERSON not patterson..cruz is the man

A mistake often made, even by "professionals." But Cruz IS the MAN

mcillo
05-21-2012, 06:58 PM
The Salsa dance celebration is a bit phony though, he stole it from this guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=15XSbQZx_Kg

TuckYou
05-21-2012, 07:01 PM
Im also from PATERSON not patterson..cruz is the man</P>


It is pronounced Pat-er-son though right? Not Pate-er-son. </P>


Anyway, I agree. Cruz is a stud and could be the greatest UDFA we ever had.</P>

slipknottin
05-21-2012, 07:55 PM
The Salsa dance celebration is a bit phony though, he stole it from this guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=15XSbQZx_Kg

lol

BlueBlitzer
05-21-2012, 08:13 PM
Sure beats the " River Dance " huh ? People say JPP is scratching the surface. What if VC is doing the same thing. We may need to rethink the word awesome. Getting back to end zone dances. The Salsa doesn't seem threatening, or " In your face " type stuff. Now When Nicks did the " Dirty Bird " dance after His TD catch against the Falcons, now that was in your face big time. ( But Tastefully Done )

NYGRealityCheck
05-21-2012, 08:18 PM
From undrafted, to feared WR that opponents had no answer for, to Superbowl Champion with a Superbowl TD catch. He had the dream season that most unnoticed college players won't ever get.

BlueBlitzer
05-21-2012, 09:45 PM
From undrafted, to feared WR that opponents had no answer for, to Superbowl Champion with a Superbowl TD catch. He had the dream season that most unnoticed college players won't ever get.

So that would mean, that it was the Giants who were the " Dream Team ". ( Until they turned it into reality ).

Toadofsteel
05-21-2012, 11:31 PM
Sure beats the " River Dance " huh ? People say JPP is scratching the surface. What if VC is doing the same thing. We may need to rethink the word awesome. Getting back to end zone dances. The Salsa doesn't seem threatening, or " In your face " type stuff. Now When Nicks did the " Dirty Bird " dance after His TD catch against the Falcons, now that was in your face big time. ( But Tastefully Done )

The salsa is part of his Puerto Rican heritage... as a kid his grandmother would salsa with him. I thought it was a little tacky at first until I learned of this history. Vic might have one of the most iconic non-threatening TD dances in NFL history...

giantsfan420
05-21-2012, 11:34 PM
Sure beats the " River Dance " huh ? People say JPP is scratching the surface. What if VC is doing the same thing. We may need to rethink the word awesome. Getting back to end zone dances. The Salsa doesn't seem threatening, or " In your face " type stuff. Now When Nicks did the " Dirty Bird " dance after His TD catch against the Falcons, now that was in your face big time. ( But Tastefully Done )

The salsa is part of his Puerto Rican heritage... as a kid his grandmother would salsa with him. I thought it was a little tacky at first until I learned of this history. Vic might have one of the most iconic non-threatening TD dances in NFL history...

Its easy to have fun with, any fan can do it with him when he scores...and it was AWESOME when nbc played the salsa music week 17 vs dallas after his score

Toadofsteel
05-21-2012, 11:37 PM
Sure beats the " River Dance " huh ? People say JPP is scratching the surface. What if VC is doing the same thing. We may need to rethink the word awesome. Getting back to end zone dances. The Salsa doesn't seem threatening, or " In your face " type stuff. Now When Nicks did the " Dirty Bird " dance after His TD catch against the Falcons, now that was in your face big time. ( But Tastefully Done )

The salsa is part of his Puerto Rican heritage... as a kid his grandmother would salsa with him. I thought it was a little tacky at first until I learned of this history. Vic might have one of the most iconic non-threatening TD dances in NFL history...

Its easy to have fun with, any fan can do it with him when he scores...and it was AWESOME when nbc played the salsa music week 17 vs dallas after his score

Yeah definitely. It's also one that you wouldn't mind having kids in the room to watch... Jacobs' dance on the cowboys star last season was a little uncomfortable.

RagTime Blue
05-22-2012, 12:07 AM
One thing that was a bit misleading in the article is that they made it sound like Cruz was ready to hang it up until the Giants got on the phone to him.

In fact, several teams were bidding for his services in their respective training camps. The Giants just bid the highest.

giantsfan420
05-22-2012, 12:37 AM
One thing that was a bit misleading in the article is that they made it sound like Cruz was ready to hang it up until the Giants got on the phone to him.

In fact, several teams were bidding for his services in their respective training camps.* The Giants just bid the highest.


That isnt true iirc. He had no interest and the only rwason we brought him into look at was bc hes a local guy and local guys dont count towards the number of players u bring in for workouts which iirc is 30.

After that preseason game vs the jets yeah id agree. Before it tho, he garnered zero interest from other teams