Victor Cruz is still working feverishly to get back on the practice field and he hasn’t exactly enjoyed standing along the sidelines and watching Odell Beckham Jr. battle secondaries by himself. In fact, Cruz has taken special notice to defensive backs getting chippy with Beckham and taking the physical contact beyond what the rules allow.
“Yeah, I think so,” noted Cruz on opponents head hunting for Beckham. “I was a little unhappy last week, I felt like some of those defensive backs were kind of gunning for him, and it was sad to see that go down because I couldn’t help him. I couldn’t go out there on the field and run routes with him. I couldn’t help him get some of the pressure off of him and things like that.”
“Just when guys have the opportunity to get an interception and they don’t even go for the ball. I get it, it’s preseason, you’re trying to get a job, and I understand that, but let’s just keep it within the game a little bit.”
Without Rueben Randle and Beckham for the first two preseason contests, the Giants first team offense has looked pedestrian as Eli Manning has struggled with his accuracy and timing with his receiving corps. Beckham has been held without a catch throughout the preseason, but with Randle likely to play Saturday against the New York Jets and Cruz expected back sooner rather than later; Big Blue’s high-flying offense might finally get off the ground before Week 1.
”I do,” said Cruz of still being on track to return for the season opener. “I think obviously getting a couple days of good rehabilitation in, fixing the calf, and doing some things with the training staff, the things they have me doing in there, icing it, keeping it elevated at night, and things like that should keep the swelling down, and I should be out here ready to go for Dallas.”