Determined to be ready for official practices, the 29-year-old has lived up to his promise of being “full-go” once camp started. Or has he?
Cruz has expressed confidence and reassurance of his abilities in the past, and it has ultimately backfired. Last season is a perfect example in that Cruz was sure his left calf would be able to heal so he could return to play. As we know, the calf continued to pop out of place and had him sidelined all season.
So, it is safe to say the wideout’s words have virtually become as reliable as a blind surgeon at this point.
It is thus action will only suffice as a solid answer for No. 80. Cruz must show he can hit his cuts running routes, sprint down the sideline for deep balls as he has done so well in the past, and the most important, endure some hard hits.
Immediate results should not be expected of Cruz to begin camp, but what will show early is if he is at the same caliber as he was two years ago.
Through his trials and tribulations, the Giants faithful have been behind their salsa-dancing playmaker since Day 1. He returned the favor taking a drastic pay cut from a $7.9 million base salary to $1.3 million just to stay with the team.
As much as he wants to put the past behind him, Cruz understands where he is at in his career. It was evident in a feature with Giants.com yesterday on his way to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center for his first day back.
“At this point, you cherish these moments to go out there and put the cleats back on because you know tomorrow is not promised,” Cruz said.
It may be just another training camp for the Giants, but for Cruz, it is a defining moment in what has been a tumultuous career.
Can he prove everyone wrong and come back with a vengeance? Action speaks louder than words.