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    CRUZ CONTROL: IS VICTOR CRUZ THE NEW AND IMPROVED WES WELKER?

    CRUZ CONTROL: IS VICTOR CRUZ THE NEW AND IMPROVED WES WELKER?

    "We
    saw Wes Welker on a 1-15 Miami Dolphins team
    drive Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots defense nuts, until
    they did
    the old trick, “if you can’t beat him, have him join your team”. Welker
    redefined the slot position, turning it into a high production safety
    net for
    Tom Brady. He also had the versatility to slide outside the numbers and
    beat top
    notch corners. Teams envy such a commodity, something so rare in the NFL
    gives a
    team a great advantage. Victor Cruz represents the 2.0 version in the
    evolution
    of the slot position. Coming in at 6’0 205 pounds vs. Welker’s 5’9 185
    pounds,
    Cruz looks to be the next breed that can dominate a game. Wes Welker
    gets by on
    great hands and heart, but he won’t outrun many top corners. Cruz, on
    the other
    hand has the size and speed to cause utter disarray against them. Cruz's
    first
    blip on the radar came on a Monday night in a 2010 pre-season game
    against the
    New York Jets when Cruz contributed to the Giants win 31-16 by catching 6
    passes for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns. He ended the preseason leading
    the NFL
    with 297 receiving yards and 4 touchdown catches.


    However, Cruz never caught a regular season ball in 2010, injuring a
    hamstring and placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the year.




    In 2011, Cruz took full advantage of an injury to Mario Manningham, one of
    the Giants starting receivers, and never looked back as he has passed Hakeem
    Nicks as Eli Manning’s go to guy in the passing game.




    Cruz has had monster season, recording 8 REC, 1536 YDS, 9 TDs, in comparison
    to Welker’s 122 REC, 1569 YDS, 9 TDs. Those are elite receiver numbers, and his
    ability to take something small and turn it into a huge play emerged as his
    trademark.




    With Manningham back in the lineup, it allows the Giants to move Cruz inside
    and exploit the middle of the field. Linebackers can’t cover him and
    3rd and 4th corners struggle badly against him. He has a
    physical style that allows him to break tackles.




    Cruz had 91 YDS against the Patriots in their week 9 matchup, and his impact
    could be devastating if not given the proper attention."

    “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: CRUZ CONTROL: IS VICTOR CRUZ THE NEW AND IMPROVED WES WELKER?

    he will be this sunday gggoooo giants

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    Re: CRUZ CONTROL: IS VICTOR CRUZ THE NEW AND IMPROVED WES WELKER?

    no.

    he is the new and improved Steve Smith.
    due to the fact that I am from the Woodstock generation ...
    my opinions may be chemically enhanced and influenced by severe episodes of memory loss

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    Re: CRUZ CONTROL: IS VICTOR CRUZ THE NEW AND IMPROVED WES WELKER?



    [quote user="stormblue"]no. he is the new and improved Steve Smith.[/quote]




    Exactly what I was thinking. He is Steve Smith with speed and a better feel for jump balls. His route running is right on par with SS. Damn Steve ran great routes too. Remember that one move he made on the Dallas secondary, it was a double move? Faked that dude out of his shoes. Cruz has that type of movement, but a better dance


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    Re: CRUZ CONTROL: IS VICTOR CRUZ THE NEW AND IMPROVED WES WELKER?

    I think the entire offense is going to show up BIG TIME.
    “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: CRUZ CONTROL: IS VICTOR CRUZ THE NEW AND IMPROVED WES WELKER?

    I think Cruz and Welker are just two different players. However, I do hope that Cruz is able to mimic Welker's annual consistency in production.

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    Re: CRUZ CONTROL: IS VICTOR CRUZ THE NEW AND IMPROVED WES WELKER?

    Victor Cruz is Victor Cruz, he is his own beast.


    And Welker never played on that 1-15 Dolphins team, js.

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    Re: CRUZ CONTROL: IS VICTOR CRUZ THE NEW AND IMPROVED WES WELKER?

    [quote user="RoanokeFan"]CRUZ CONTROL: IS VICTOR CRUZ THE NEW AND IMPROVED WES WELKER?

    "We saw Wes Welker on a 1-15 Miami Dolphins team drive Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots defense nuts, until they did the old trick, “if you can’t beat him, have him join your team”. Welker redefined the slot position, turning it into a high production safety net for Tom Brady. He also had the versatility to slide outside the numbers and beat top notch corners. Teams envy such a commodity, something so rare in the NFL gives a team a great advantage. Victor Cruz represents the 2.0 version in the evolution of the slot position. Coming in at 6’0 205 pounds vs. Welker’s 5’9 185 pounds, Cruz looks to be the next breed that can dominate a game. Wes Welker gets by on great hands and heart, but he won’t outrun many top corners. Cruz, on the other hand has the size and speed to cause utter disarray against them. Cruz's first blip on the radar came on a Monday night in a 2010 pre-season game against the New York Jets when Cruz contributed to the Giants win 31-16 by catching 6 passes for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns. He ended the preseason leading the NFL with 297 receiving yards and 4 touchdown catches.


    However, Cruz never caught a regular season ball in 2010, injuring a hamstring and placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the year.




    In 2011, Cruz took full advantage of an injury to Mario Manningham, one of the Giants starting receivers, and never looked back as he has passed Hakeem Nicks as Eli Manning’s go to guy in the passing game.




    Cruz has had monster season, recording 8 REC, 1536 YDS, 9 TDs, in comparison to Welker’s 122 REC, 1569 YDS, 9 TDs. Those are elite receiver numbers, and his ability to take something small and turn it into a huge play emerged as his trademark.




    With Manningham back in the lineup, it allows the Giants to move Cruz inside and exploit the middle of the field. Linebackers can’t cover him and 3rd and 4th corners struggle badly against him. He has a physical style that allows him to break tackles.




    Cruz had 91 YDS against the Patriots in their week 9 matchup, and his impact could be devastating if not given the proper attention."

    [/quote]Thats a HUUUUGE YPC!!!! Come to think of it its not even possible...LMAO I know.
    "KILL'EM ALL AND LET THE PARAMEDICS SORT'EM OUT!"


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    Re: CRUZ CONTROL: IS VICTOR CRUZ THE NEW AND IMPROVED WES WELKER?

    Sure it is. You catch the ball, run toward one endzone, stop at the 1 yard line and run to the other endzone, then repeat.

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