“I know I have a long journey ahead of me. I know I have some significant gains to make.”
After Cruz suffered a season ending knee injury in 2014, Giant fans were ecstatic to have him back in 2015. But this calf injury stopped him after a ton of optimism entering the season. What at first was concerned just a minor calf problem, ended up requiring season ending surgery. This prevented Cruz from even seeing the field in 2015.
However, Cruz seemed quite positive in this video. He mentioned that his calf is building up strength again and that he is excited about starting from scratch, a process that he claims will make his leg even stronger than it was before.
I think Giant fans would be happy just to have the old Cruz back. And it seems right to assume that having him back this season is realistic. It is not possible to determine whether or not he will be ready week 1, but with determination and the fact he has begun running, he should certainly be back at some next season baring no setbacks.
Fans were raving over the thought of having Cruz and Beckham playing across from each other on the field. Both can play in the slot, both are big play threats, neither can be caught in a foot race it seems. But coming back to the realistic notion of it all, there seems to be room for hope that Cruz will indeed be back. But questions still loom over Cruz’s play.
When considering the injury Cruz suffered in 2014, Cruz has not been in a game for almost 2 years. Such a length of time can impact a player’s performance. He will need to shake some dust off when he gets back onto the field. Not to mention the chemistry already established between Eli Manning and the offense under Ben McAdoo’s regime. Can Cruz implant himself into all of this?
Regardless, Cruz is a pro and can learn. He did rise up seemingly from nowhere to become one of the most prolific receivers in the NFL. Similar to Beckham, Cruz thrived in a receiving core where opposing defenses knew where the ball was going to go, but Cruz still came down with big plays.