VICTOR CRUZ IS NOW THE NUMBER ONE RECEIVER
"Victor Cruz may now be the
New York Giants number one receiver. I donít think the Giants thought that
would happen this fast, however with the injury to Hakeem Nicks, the process has begun. Now the
pressure is on Cruz to prove he isnít a one year wonder.
I donít believe that Cruz will be a one
year wonder, flash in the plan kind of player. I do believe however, that he
will need to make adjustments on his game going forward. With Nicks status for
the start of the year in doubt, Cruz becomes the number one target. Defenses are
going to start rolling coverages his way more often then they had been doing.
Heís gonna see the corner get help from the safety to
double team him. Nicks will be back, maybe even sooner than previously thought,
as some reports have him back as early as 4-6 weeks. You have to believe though,
that a broken bone in the foot will hamper him, maybe throughout the season.
Nicks does get injured quite a bit and you have to hope that his injuries donít
become a trend that continues.
In order for Cruzís production to not
suffer, other players need to step up. The running game needs to be better than
it was last year. Whether it was the offensive line or the running backs not
reading the blocks correctly, the running game didnít take off until late in the
season when the team took off. Other receivers like rookie Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan will need to produce as
Even if the injury to Nicks is only for a
month it still might be something that could hamper him as the season goes on.
Anytime and injury happens to your foot especially as a receiver, it could stay
with you a little bit as the season goes, especially with the injury history
Nicks already has. Cruz is now number one. The question is what will happen