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RoanokeFan
01-18-2012, 11:42 AM
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CRUZ NAMED 2011'S MOST IMPROVED PLAYER (http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/01/17/cruz-named-2011s-most-improved-player)</p>

You know you've made it big when "Dancing With the Stars" comes calling.</p>


Not long ago, Giants WR Victor Cruz was best-known for a three-TD preseason
game in 2010, after which the Jets' Rex Ryan infamously said caught by HBO's
"Hard Knocks" microphones, "I don't know who the (heck) No. 3 is, but holy
(crap)!"</p>


The uniform has gone up from camp-invite status to legitimate WR digits
he's No. 80 in your program now and the fame has followed proportionally.</p>


"I understood that I was going to have my opportunity and when my name was
called upon I had to succeed," Cruz told PFW.</p>


Armed with his patented salsa dance that's inspired by his grandmother, Cruz
has become one of the great feel-good stories of the season, going from three
reception-less games as an undrafted rookie in '10 to a Giants-record 1,536
receiving yards and nine touchdowns each spiked with the salsa flair at the
end.</p>


Hence the "DWTS" call to have Cruz join the show. This is territory reserved
for Kardashians and Osmonds in popular culture and for football legends named
Rice, Emmitt and Hines.</p>


Cruz passed; maybe Tom Coughlin got in his ear. Whatever the story, Cruz
hasn't let sudden fame or anything else slow him down. Some say he has
surpassed Hakeem Nicks as Eli Manning's favorite target. It's a big reason why
Cruz was voted the 2011 PFW/PFWA Most Improved Player.</p>


"I don't think anybody really saw it coming," Manning said. "A guy who had a
good preseason game last year versus the Jets, and then after that, he wasn't
around. He was on I.R."</p>


Cruz made a similar statistical jump from nowhere, although on a far smaller
stage between his sophomore and junior years at the University of
Massachusetts.</p>


UMass QB Liam Coen, Cruz's roommate at the time, had seen the talent. All the
Minutemen had, but Cruz had been held back by the death of his father as a
freshman and academic problems the following year.</p>


Cruz caught only one pass as a sophomore before busting out with a 1,064-yard
season, highlighted by a 262-yard, two-TD game against James Madison.</p>


"What's amazing is that he took a slant for 69 yards in that game," Coen told
PFW, "and was caught from behind. Otherwise, he would have had a third TD.</p>


"I watch him now in the NFL like that (74-yard) TD against the Cowboys,
where he ran right by Terence Newman. I said to myself, 'Man, he has gotten
faster in the NFL! Who does that?' "</p>


The Giants weren't sure Cruz would. They signed Brandon Stokley to play the
slot, but Cruz fended him off. His breakout happened in Week Three, when he
caught two TDs (with 110 yards) vs. the Eagles, when the dance was born. Two
weeks later, he went off again eight catches, 161 yards and a 68-yard TD but
a crucial drop and a fumble in the fourth quarter allowed the Seahawks to upset
the Giants.</p>


After some inconsistencies, Cruz hasn't looked back. He averaged 113.8 yards
in the final 10 games after the bye, many of those yards coming after making the
first defender miss. He was able to flash his now-famous dance six more times as
the Giants won the NFC East.</p>


Only four NFL teams contacted Cruz after he went undrafted. Now he has the
eyes of the nation watching every hip shake he throws out there on the
field.
</p>


ALL-TIME WINNERS
</p>


Most Improved Player of the Year</p>


2011 WR Victor Cruz / N.Y.G.
2010 RB Arian Foster / Hou.
2009 WR
Miles Austin / Dall.
2008 RB Deangelo Williams / Car.
2007 QB Derek
Anderson / Clev.
2006 RB Frank Gore / S.F.
2005 DE Osi Umenyiora /
N.Y.G.
2004 QB Drew Brees / S.D.
2003 QB Jon Kitna / Cin.
2002 QB
Chad Pennington / N.Y.J.
2001 QB Kordell Stewart / Pitt.
2000 QB Jeff
Garcia / S.F.</p></div></div>

jomo
01-18-2012, 11:43 AM
It is not the right award. Most improved doesn't fit the situation. Improved over what? Rookieof the year would be a better fit for the young man.

RoanokeFan
01-18-2012, 11:44 AM
Some well deserved recognition for Victor Cruz.

mfraykor
01-18-2012, 11:45 AM
NICE>.. he definitely earned that.

FlipNYG77
01-18-2012, 11:45 AM
most improved from IR to superstar???LOL

RoanokeFan
01-18-2012, 11:46 AM
It is not the right award. Most improved doesn't fit the situation. Improved over what? Rookieof the year would be a better fit for the young man.

Still nice recognition after being panned for the Pro Bowl. I'll never get that one.

FlipNYG77
01-18-2012, 11:46 AM
It is not the right award. Most improved doesn't fit the situation. Improved over what? Rookieof the year would be a better fit for the young man.

mayb comeback player of the year?he did cameback from IR

jomo
01-18-2012, 11:49 AM
It is not the right award. Most improved doesn't fit the situation. Improved over what? Rookieof the year would be a better fit for the young man.

mayb comeback player of the year?he did cameback from IR
I think comeback player had to be good once. Cruz had no resume. How about an appearance in the Pro Bowl (after the Super Bowl)? That would be an appropriate recognition.

ashleymarie
01-18-2012, 11:54 AM
He is certainly a young man with much talent on the field. I am so happy we have him. He seems to not be a disruption in the locker room or huddle, and gives his all on the field for impact. I say YES to Cruz. Glad he did get some recognition.

chasjay
01-18-2012, 12:04 PM
Glad his effort has been officially recognized in some capacity - he deserved to be singled out after having such a big part in our making it to the NFCCG - and hopefully beyond.

MattMeyerBud
01-18-2012, 12:20 PM
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CRUZ NAMED 2011'S MOST IMPROVED PLAYER (http://www.profootballweekly.com/2012/01/17/cruz-named-2011s-most-improved-player)</p>

You know you've made it big when "Dancing With the Stars" comes calling.</p>


Not long ago, Giants WR Victor Cruz was best-known for a three-TD preseason
game in 2010, after which the Jets' Rex Ryan infamously said caught by HBO's
"Hard Knocks" microphones, "I don't know who the (heck) No. 3 is, but holy
(crap)!"</p>


The uniform has gone up from camp-invite status to legitimate WR digits
he's No. 80 in your program now and the fame has followed proportionally.</p>


"I understood that I was going to have my opportunity and when my name was
called upon I had to succeed," Cruz told PFW.</p>


Armed with his patented salsa dance that's inspired by his grandmother, Cruz
has become one of the great feel-good stories of the season, going from three
reception-less games as an undrafted rookie in '10 to a Giants-record 1,536
receiving yards and nine touchdowns each spiked with the salsa flair at the
end.</p>


Hence the "DWTS" call to have Cruz join the show. This is territory reserved
for Kardashians and Osmonds in popular culture and for football legends named
Rice, Emmitt and Hines.</p>


Cruz passed; maybe Tom Coughlin got in his ear. Whatever the story, Cruz
hasn't let sudden fame or anything else slow him down. Some say he has
surpassed Hakeem Nicks as Eli Manning's favorite target. It's a big reason why
Cruz was voted the 2011 PFW/PFWA Most Improved Player.</p>


"I don't think anybody really saw it coming," Manning said. "A guy who had a
good preseason game last year versus the Jets, and then after that, he wasn't
around. He was on I.R."</p>


Cruz made a similar statistical jump from nowhere, although on a far smaller
stage between his sophomore and junior years at the University of
Massachusetts.</p>


UMass QB Liam Coen, Cruz's roommate at the time, had seen the talent. All the
Minutemen had, but Cruz had been held back by the death of his father as a
freshman and academic problems the following year.</p>


Cruz caught only one pass as a sophomore before busting out with a 1,064-yard
season, highlighted by a 262-yard, two-TD game against James Madison.</p>


"What's amazing is that he took a slant for 69 yards in that game," Coen told
PFW, "and was caught from behind. Otherwise, he would have had a third TD.</p>


"I watch him now in the NFL like that (74-yard) TD against the Cowboys,
where he ran right by Terence Newman. I said to myself, 'Man, he has gotten
faster in the NFL! Who does that?' "</p>


The Giants weren't sure Cruz would. They signed Brandon Stokley to play the
slot, but Cruz fended him off. His breakout happened in Week Three, when he
caught two TDs (with 110 yards) vs. the Eagles, when the dance was born. Two
weeks later, he went off again eight catches, 161 yards and a 68-yard TD but
a crucial drop and a fumble in the fourth quarter allowed the Seahawks to upset
the Giants.</p>


After some inconsistencies, Cruz hasn't looked back. He averaged 113.8 yards
in the final 10 games after the bye, many of those yards coming after making the
first defender miss. He was able to flash his now-famous dance six more times as
the Giants won the NFC East.</p>


Only four NFL teams contacted Cruz after he went undrafted. Now he has the
eyes of the nation watching every hip shake he throws out there on the
field.
</p>


ALL-TIME WINNERS
</p>


Most Improved Player of the Year</p>


2011 WR Victor Cruz / N.Y.G.
2010 RB Arian Foster / Hou.
2009 WR
Miles Austin / Dall.
2008 RB Deangelo Williams / Car.
2007 QB Derek
Anderson / Clev.
2006 RB Frank Gore / S.F.
2005 DE Osi Umenyiora /
N.Y.G.
2004 QB Drew Brees / S.D.
2003 QB Jon Kitna / Cin.
2002 QB
Chad Pennington / N.Y.J.
2001 QB Kordell Stewart / Pitt.
2000 QB Jeff
Garcia / S.F.</p></div></div>

not sure he deserved that

maybe comeback player of the year

I mean he didn't play due to injury, how did he improve?

I think personally Alex Smith deserved it

VegasGmen
01-18-2012, 12:23 PM
It is not the right award. Most improved doesn't fit the situation. Improved over what? Rookieof the year would be a better fit for the young man.

mayb comeback player of the year?he did cameback from IR
I think comeback player had to be good once. Cruz had no resume. How about an appearance in the Pro Bowl (after the Super Bowl)? That would be an appropriate recognition.
The Pro Bowl is the week before again. He won't be able to play in it.

Firenugget
01-18-2012, 12:35 PM
It is not the right award. Most improved doesn't fit the situation. Improved over what? Rookieof the year would be a better fit for the young man.

Well...You'd have to be a rookie to get that one lol...

bLuereverie
01-18-2012, 12:57 PM
2011 Most Improved Player/Comback = Steve Smith Car.

2011 Where the FK Did You Come From Player = Victor Cruz

EliTE
01-18-2012, 07:37 PM
no offense to our coaching staff, but i remember him being benched after dropping a ball against the redskins. if hixon doesn't get hurt would cruz have ever really gotten a real chance to do what he did this year? who knows. sometimes football is weird like that, it sucked that hixon got hurt but it all worked out in the end.

EliTE
01-18-2012, 07:41 PM
2011 Most Improved Player/Comback = Steve Smith Car.

2011 Where the FK Did You Come From Player = Victor Cruz
exactly

It is not the right award. Most improved doesn't fit the situation. Improved over what? Rookie*of the year would be a better fit for the young man.

Well...You'd have to be a rookie to get that one lol...
he never played his rookie year due to being hurt, similar to blake griffin in the NBA, he was hurt his rookie year yet won the rookie of the year in his first year playing.

Eli2Nicks612
01-18-2012, 07:44 PM
2011 Most Improved Player/Comback = Steve Smith Car.

2011 Where the FK Did You Come From Player = Victor Cruz
exactly

It is not the right award. Most improved doesn't fit the situation. Improved over what? Rookie*of the year would be a better fit for the young man.

Well...You'd have to be a rookie to get that one lol...
he never played his rookie year due to being hurt, similar to blake griffin in the NBA, he was hurt his rookie year yet won the rookie of the year in his first year playing.

But Cruz did dress up for three games last year. Griffin missed his entire season.

EliTE
01-18-2012, 07:55 PM
didn't know that, that makes sense then. i remember being kind of pissed that we IR'd him since it was just a hamstring injury and we had so many injuries to WRs that we resorted to signing guys off the street when cruz was healthy but unable to play. it all worked out in the end though!

i still don't know if i would call cruz the most improved because maybe he was really good all along, that preseason game against the jets was no fluke.

Voldamort
01-18-2012, 08:08 PM
Great Job Victor!!

JJC7301
01-18-2012, 11:13 PM
Well, he can't win rookie of the year because he wasn't a rookie, but how can he be "most improved" when he didn't even get a chance last year due to injury?

NYfanatic
01-18-2012, 11:26 PM
Sorry but wasnt Chad Pennington the 2008 most improved player of the year?
But beside that congrats cruz!

jomo
01-18-2012, 11:27 PM
It is not the right award. Most improved doesn't fit the situation. Improved over what? Rookieof the year would be a better fit for the young man.

mayb comeback player of the year?he did cameback from IR
I think comeback player had to be good once. Cruz had no resume. How about an appearance in the Pro Bowl (after the Super Bowl)? That would be an appropriate recognition. The Pro Bowl is the week before again. He won't be able to play in it.Got no problem with that. [;)]

EZ_E
01-19-2012, 01:30 AM
2011 Most Improved Player/Comback = Steve Smith Car.

2011 Where the FK Did You Come From Player = Victor Cruz

+1

TheBookOfEli
01-19-2012, 04:49 AM
I didn't even know the NFL had a MIP award lol.