Victor Cruz spoke to reporters this week about his level of surprise when he found out that teammate Preston Parker was cut from the Giants.
"I was a little shocked," admitted Cruz. "Obviously as a teammate, as a fellow competitor, I know how much work he puts into this game and how much work he puts in week in and week out, and day in and day out and the things that he’s gone through. So it was tough to see a guy like that, anyone, let alone a guy in our receiver room. It’s something that I was obviously a little surprised, but it’s part of the business, unfortunately."
Oddly enough the release of Parker may have signaled Cruz’s imminent return to the Giants sooner than later.
“There’s no pain in there anymore, so it’s just a matter of getting the confidence back to running on it and cutting on it, things like that.” In fact, he had done “a lot” of lobbying with Coach Coughlin to allow him to return this week but with a shortened week, the coach wouldn’t budge. “If you know Coach Coughlin, it’s going to take a lot. So we’ll see, I’m going to keep continuing to put the work in myself, and we’ll see where this takes me. But with TC, it gets tough.”
Cruz was last seen professionally almost a year ago but has stayed patient, persevered and is almost there and no one wants to see all that work go to waste.
“It’s pretty hard. I’ve been patient for about 11 months now," noted Cruz. "It’s been hard, man, but you know you’ve got to stay the course. You’re not going to do the team any good if you’re out there at 60, 70 percent. You want to go out there 100 percent, being able to help this team win at the top of your ability, at the best of your ability, and that’s what I want to do.”
The forced sit-down has been tough on the receiver who has watched his team lose two winnable games.
“Every snap, every game, every whistle, you want to be out there helping them regardless of the win-loss column," said Cruz.
You want to be out there helping this team win, doing what you do best, catching the football, making big plays, and making things happen. It was definitely tough to watch early on.”
The Giants wideout remains optimistic despite his team's 0-2 start.
“We’re right there, man," stated Cruz. "The two games we lost were right there, we’re knocking on the door, pretty much had them won. At the end, things happen, but we’re right there. We’ve got to just come through and learn how to finish these games and finish the fourth quarter and win the fourth quarter, because that’s where games are won and lost, the majority of this league is in the fourth quarter. We’ve just got to learn to close things out. It’s still early in the season, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Speaking on behalf of the team, Victor Cruz is hoping the decreased amount of time dwelling on the past combined with the bright lights of Thursday Night Football helps the G-Men return to winning ways,
“So, us personally, we are excited for the challenge," said Cruz. "As I know walking through these locker rooms and walking throughout these meetings rooms, everyone is ready to go. And playing on that stage, it should bring the best out of you. And I think it will for us, and hopefully we’ll come out victorious.”