Training camp for the New York Giants is up and a running at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, NJ. Giants’ players and coaches have two practices now under their belts and are gradually getting themselves ready for the start of the 2014 NFL season.
Coming into training camp, players usually have some nerves and concerns about how camp will go. Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was one player who admitted he has some anxiety coming into camp.
“ I’m a little nervous,” admitted Cruz. “Anytime you come into camp there are always butterflies.”
Cruz like other Giants offensive players have a big task at hand this training camp with trying to get new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s offense down pat.
“It is a little difficult,” noted Cruz. “Just solely in terms of learning the new terminology, like you said, and learning it on the fly and doing it on the field as you hear it. That is the toughest part is hearing the play, processing it and be able to run it at a quick pace.”
Overall, though, Cruz is comfortable with the offense.
“On a scale of 1-10, I probably feel around an 8. I feel good about the offense right now.”
Another thing Cruz feels good about is seeing how well quarterback Eli Manning is throwing a football right now during training camp.
“As he got more comfortable, he looked better,” said Cruz of the veteran QB. “He looked like he wanted to get the ball out of his hands. He looked sharper. He looked more confident as the days went on. It felt good to see him that way.”
This training camp Cruz also has the honor of working with Giants first round pick Odell Beckham Jr. and seeing how talented the wide receiver is in person.
“Odell is good, he’s a good player,” Cruz offered. “He has good physical abilities and he’s fast. He’s quick and he can help us in the return game as well as a receiver. It is just a matter of him understanding that learning curve and being someone we can be held accountable for what he does out on the field. He is a good player so far and it is just day one, so it will take a little bit to get him his range and stuff like that. It should be good to see him mature as the year goes on.”
Besides Beckham, Cruz has also been vocal with all the other young players that are on the Giants team this season.
“Being a Giant is all about going about your business the right way, and going about it in a humble way, not being boastful about it and just going out there and doing what you have to do to succeed each and every day,” said Cruz. “Especially as a young guy, you have to go through the wars and battle, study the playbook, making mistakes and being better as a teammate.”