Beckham Jr. vows to step up in Cruz's absence

Victor Cruz is the heart and soul of the New York Giants offense, but now after suffering a devastating knee injury, rookie Odell Beckham Jr. wants to raise his level of play to make up for the loss of No. 80 this season.

With the heartbreaking news of Victor Cruz’s injury resulting in a torn patellar tendon that will keep him out for the remainder of the season, the Giants will have to go to battle without the heart and soul of their football team. Cruz, emotionally distraught after suffering the injury, was seen tearing up as he was being carted off the field as the Eagles were in the midst of stomping the Giants in a 27-0 statement game.

The tears symbolized what Cruz meant to this football team, and how much passion he has shown in his time with the Giants. Now, the same wide receiver that was instrumental to the team’s Super Bowl run in 2011, will have to watch on the sidelines for the remainder of the season. Eli Manning, for the first time in four years, will have to search for a new best friend in the passing attack. Moving forward, the former LSU teammates Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr. look to become bigger fixtures in the passing attack. The two have formed a strong bond together, since their playing days with the Tigers, years ago. Now, the two look to step up as running mates for Eli Manning’s passing attack.

At first glance, when attempting to figure out who will pick up on Cruz’s output, you’ll struggle to find someone that can consistently bring 1,000 yards and ten touchdowns to the field, but the dynamic duo in Randle and Beckham Jr. have a lot to bring to this team. Obstacles brew opportunity, and the first round pick Beckham realizes this. As the No. 12 overall pick will have his first opportunity to start for Big Blue, Beckham courageously went up to Cruz, and announced to him that “I got you,” further saying "I told him, I said, 'Big Bro, I've got you.' I have to step up," Beckham said. "All of the receivers have to step up. The offense. Everybody on the team has to step up. I just told him, I said, 'I got you' because he's had me since Day One. That's the only thing that I feel like is the right thing to do — play for him.”

Beckham’s talent is definitely there, and now we see, so is his heart. An intangible that only Beckham can replace for Cruz. Coming out of the draft, Beckham received comparisons to future Hall of Fame talent, Steve Smith, and now we’re seeing the personality traits lineup as well. Beckham looks to become the new X-Factor of this team’s offense. His 6-foot-1 frame is combated with an explosiveness that strikes fear into most defensive backs. Just last night, we saw his ability to stop on the dime and gain extra yards after the catch. Beckham’s yards after the catch ability will provide a boost to an offense that is completely predicated off of it. The pick was designed behind the philosophy of Ben McAdoo’s system, and he is about as perfect of a player for the system as one can hope. Watch for OBJ to continue his success with the Giants, and become a fixture of hope for the future, rather than sulking over the loss of Mr. Giant, Victor Cruz.

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