It's official, the start of the NFL regular season begins tonight when the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens take on the Denver Broncos. This Sunday though however, is the unofficial start of the 2013 NFL season, when the other 30 NFL team start their first regular season action and football fans around the world couldn't be happier to see their favorite NFL teams back in action.
Cruz spoke with reporters on Wednesday about his play since returning back to the practice field this past Monday
"It felt good," noted Cruz. "I was out there just running. I can't think about it when I'm out there playing. I just have to go because that's the way I play and that's the way I approach it every day. It's been feeling good. My heel has been feeling right and now I'm just worried about getting the timing down with Eli, getting my tempo back. We'll see how it goes from there."
Cruz has been the Giants most reliable receiver the past two seasons, and has been a big part of the team's success offensively.
With expectations sky high for New York's offense, Cruz sees big things in store for his unit this year.
"I'm excited. "Especially with Eli, I feel like he's on top of his game as usual," said Cruz. "We're all on the same accord. Everybody is understanding their roles early on, so it's going to be a good feeling and I'm excited for it."
The main goal though right now for Cruz and the rest of the Giants players and coaching staff is beating NFC East archrival Dallas Cowboys this Sunday night.
"It's been a while since I've played a game, so I'm excited to go out there and suit up again and line up with my guys," noted Cruz. "It's been awhile since I've lined up with Hakeem, both of us out there healthy. It's going to be a good feeling."
A big factor going into the game against Dallas for the Giants is how much of an impact Cruz will make after being sidelined the past few weeks with his heel injury.
Cruz doesn't think his heel injury will impact his performance at AT&T Stadium.
""I feel good," noted Cruz. "Obviously taking it day by day, just gauging how I feel and getting the routes back under me, getting my legs back after missing a couple days, almost two weeks of work. We're working back in there, but we're taking it one day at a time too."
Sunday marks a big game for the Giants, who would love start off the season with a win against a division rival. One key component that can help those dreams come true is if Cruz can have a great game and help end the Giants offensive woes they have been dealing with all preseason.