CRUZ EXPECTS NICKS TO BE READY FOR OPENER

"Victor Cruz expects No. 88 to be lined up on the outside on
opening night.

After seeing fellow receiver Hakeem
Nicks
at the ESPYS on Wednesday night, Cruz believes Nicks will be on
the field when the Giants host the Cowboys to open the season. Nicks is
currently sidelined after having surgery on his foot this offseason and is
aiming to be back when the Giants take on their rivals on Sept. 5.

"He
looks good. He's walking again on his own so that's definitely a good sign,"
Cruz said at the Queens Theatre at a Time Warner Cable event to promote "Victor
Cruz: Out of the Blue," the wideout's new memoir. "He told me he'll be ready and
he told me he'll take training camp to continue rehabbing and continue to get
his foot back right, but I definitely expect him to be ready by game one."


BACKING HIS QUARTERBACK: Like all of the Giants who
heard former receiver Amani Toomer say Tony
Romo
is the best quarterback in the NFC, instead of Eli
Manning
, Cruz questioned why Toomer would make those statements. The
receiver actually caught up with the former Giants star at the ESPYS and stood
up for Manning.

"I was like 'Toom, what's up man? What you got against
us? What did we do to you? Didn't we win you a Super Bowl? Like, come on," Cruz
said. "I kept it short and sweet with him because I wasn't too happy with him at
the time."

NO BOUNTY: Cruz was asked if he thought the
Saints targeted him as part of their bounty program. The receiver said he didn't
believe he was targeted, but after reviewing the film, he said "there were a
couple of iffy situations."

SALSA ORIGIN: Cruz
explained the origin of the Salsa dance, saying that former quarterbacks coach
Mike Sullivan told the receiver he needed to do something to
honor his heritage if Cruz scored in his first start against Philadelphia.


"My first catch, I'm going up the sideline, shaking two defenders and
I'm like 5 yards away from the end zone and the first thing I thought of was not
that this is my first touchdown or anything like that. I'm like, man, I have to
do this dance now," Cruz said. "I promised coach I would do it so I was like
here goes nothing and I put the ball down and I started doing the salsa."


PROPS FROM REVIS: When the Jets played the Giants on
Dec. 24, after a week full of trash talk, Jets corner Darrelle
Revis
asked Cruz to clarify comments he had made, which Cruz did. Cruz
went on to score during the game, and when Revis saw Cruz the next night, he
gave the receiver credit.

"He was like 'man, you're a heck of a player
and keep doing your thing, stay humble, I've been watching you this season, keep
doing your thing, good luck in the playoffs,'" Cruz said. "That was cool for him
to be humble about it and really respect my game and come up to me as a man and
tell me how much he respected my game, as much as I respected his throughout the
year, that was definitely a cool moment."