What a catch Victor Cruz has turned out to be.
The second-year receiver, a chancy pass option at the beginning of the year, now has 62 catches for 1,076 yards. And if he continues his 5.2-catch per game average over the final month, he'll stand to have 83 receptions. That will put him in second place on the Giants' all-time list behind Steve Smith's record 107 and just ahead of Amani Toomer's 82.
Even more enticing is the fact that Hakeem Nicks, with 860 yards, would become the Giants' second 1,000-yard receiver if he averages 35 yards per game. That would mark the first time the Giants have put two receivers over the millennium mark in one season.
They are one of only four franchises (Houston, Philadelphi, and Tampa Bay are the others) who haven't turned that trick yet.
But Cruz is the real story here, and not just because of his end zone Salsa dance after his team-high seven touchdowns. He's already bitten off a piece of history for himself, as he stands among only Homer Jones (1968), Del Shofner (1963) and Mario Manningham (2010) to record three consecutive games of 110-plus receiving yards.
His last three outputs have been of 128, 157, and 119.
It's quite an amazing run for a guy coming off a knee injury that wiped out all but three games of his rookie season. And no one is more happy for him than Nicks.
"He deserves it because he works hard," Nicks said. "He works hard for it. He plays hard. He has heart and he has courage. He goes out there and plays well."Anytime that he has all that, it is always positive in the end. I wish him the best."
Nicks said having Cruz in the slot, opposite his split end spot, has helped open things up for him.
"It is a good thing for the team, not just for me personally but for the team," Nicks said. "You have playmakers on both sides that can come up and make plays during crunch time."
Between Cruz and Nicks, who combined for 11 catches for 207 yards and two touchdowns against Green Bay, a continued downfield threat could help tremendously against Dallas. After all, the Cowboys' secondary would be hard-pressed to cover them both. Cruz has proved he can outrun anyone one-on-one, as he did Sunday against Tramon Williams on a 42-yard grab.
He'll drop some easy ones along the way, but the overall payoff will be well worth it.