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    VICTOR CRUZ CRUCIAL TO GIANTS' SUCCCSS

    VICTOR CRUZ CRUCIAL TO GIANTS' SUCCCSS

    "Under Pressure: Victor Cruz

    After missing most of his rookie season with a hamstring injury, New York
    Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had a breakout season in 2011. He caught 82
    passes for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns in the regular season and then added
    21 receptions for 269 yards and a touchdown during the Giants' title run.


    Three issues, however, could potentially stand in his way of repeating last
    year's performance:




    First, Cruz's role in the offense could change with the departure of Mario Manningham in
    free agency coupled with Hakeem
    Nicks
    ' broken foot. Instead of playing his natural slot position, Cruz will
    get a chance to work on the outside. Playing on the edge isn't necessarily more
    difficult in Kevin Gilbride's offense, but it is a change from what he's
    accustomed to doing and could take away from the big-play ability he had in
    2011.




    So far, so good, though, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride
    said Wednesday:




    "It took him a while to get going (in 2011). He didn't start the year real
    well and then all of a sudden, in that Philadelphia (Eagles) game, he made two
    phenomenal plays for us," Gilbride said. "But truly in the beginning of the
    year, every play was an adventure. He was either going to be right or awfully
    wrong but got better and better and better at eliminating the mistakes...That's
    what's nice about now. It's like he hasn't missed a beat."




    Secondly, during his breakout season, Cruz's compelling back story elevated his "Q" rating to the point at
    which he hired a marketing firm (IMG) to handle all his demands. Cruz already
    demonstrated restraint and focus by turning down an opportunity to appear on
    "Dancing With The Stars". Based on his OTA participation and performance,
    off-field distractions haven't been an issue.




    A third issue is Cruz's contract, which paid him the league minimum
    ($450,000) in 2011 and will do so again in 2012 ($540,000). The 25-year-old
    hasn't hidden his desire for a new and much larger contract. He fired his
    original agent (Abu Toppin) and hired Malik Shareef this offseason.




    Cruz repeatedly has said that he won't be a training camp holdout, which could be due to
    Cruz not having earned enough income from football to pay the daily fines the
    Giants can levy against him if he did hold out. Another part of the decision to
    not hold out of camp is Cruz knowing that he's under club control for the next
    two seasons. Cruz will be a restricted free agent in 2013 and could receive the
    franchise tag in each of the next two offseasons.




    Being one of the most productive and most underpaid players on a Super Bowl
    team in the largest media market in the world could have been a recipe for
    disaster this offseason. Thus far, Cruz has navigated around the distractions as
    adeptly as he did opposing secondaries in 2011. Cruz will need to continue to do
    so to maintain his production and show the front office and coaching staff that
    he deserves the new contract he seeks."

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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    Re: VICTOR CRUZ CRUCIAL TO GIANTS' SUCCCSS

    With Nicks injury, if Cruz can continue to excel and be dominant in Nicks' absence, he might be able to position himself as NY's top priority at receiver.

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    Re: VICTOR CRUZ CRUCIAL TO GIANTS' SUCCCSS

    [quote user="gmen0820"]With Nicks injury, if Cruz can continue to excel and be dominant in Nicks' absence, he might be able to position himself as NY's top priority at receiver.[/quote]

    Could be
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1


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