Cruz, Beckham combo a reality or pipe dream?

Can the Giants realistically count on Victor Cruz coming back and joining forces with Odell Beckham Jr.?

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 New York Giants fans have been waiting for the return of @Victor since the infamous salsa dancer went down with a season ending injury in 2014. Despite the expectation Cruz was going to return last year during some offseason hype, Cruz ultimately suffered another injury, this time to his calf, which sidelined him for the duration of the 2015 season.

 Now, the optimism surrounding Cruz’s return is much more positive. It was revealed via the web that Cruz began running in early March of this year and would be ready in time for when offseason workouts began. But his prognosis was not the only thing fans were anticipating. While Cruz has been warming benches, Odell Beckham Jr.. has stepped up to be one of the league’s most prolific receivers (to say the least). If Cruz can return in top form this year, he would play opposite of Beckham on the field. This very thought has been in the hopes of many Giant fans, who would welcome with warm arms one of the best WR combos in the league.

 However, with Cruz back on the field, will he occupy the slot position where he maintained such a high level of success?

 Perhaps not.

 In the 2nd round of the 2016 draft, the Giants acquired Sterling Shepard. The former WR out of the University of Oklahoma could take over the slot position. Considered one of the more pro ready WRs in the draft, Shepard’s presence would take a bit of pressure off of Cruz’s return.

 With the addition of Shepard and Cruz’s hopeful return, the Giants can put three WR formations on the field regularly, enhancing their passing attack with a plethora of WRs, two of which constantly need double coverage. With so many targets for Eli Manning, somebody will have to be open. A defense can only cover but so many receivers and OBJ proved a whole defense can barely cover him time and time again.







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