New York Giants’ Victor Cruz is returning from two serious injuries with the hope to make a positive impact to the team’s offense in 2016. Injuries have cost Cruz a total of 26 consecutive games over the past two seasons.
Cruz is being eased back into practices for the Giants as the team does not want to burn out its wideout coming off of major injuries. The Giants are hoping to see the explosion that Cruz had when he was a big part of the team’s Super Bowl run in 2012.
Viewers of Giants’ practices have stated that Cruz does not look like the same kind of playmaking wideout he once was. He tends to lack the explosiveness with his cuts and can not speed past cornerbacks at the same level he did prior to his injuries.
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo would not state that Cruz is back to his old form, but would reveal any doubts about his player.
“He’s knocking the rust off,” McAdoo said. “He’s out there. He’s in the mix. He took a couple shots the other day and popped right back up. So that was good to see.”
This is the first time Giants will get to have Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. on the field at the same time. Beckham Jr. is looking forward to playing alongside Cruz and he believes Cruz will come back performing at high level.
“He’s ready to take that comeback player of the year award,” Beckham Jr. said.
The Giants expectations for Cruz should not be high as it’s been difficult for players in the past to return to their old form from torn patellar tendons. If Cruz can show any of his old form he can bring the Giants offense to an even higher level and open up more space for Beckham Jr. to use.