With the jaw dropping ability of Odell Beckham Jr. it was easy to forget Victor Cruz, who missed the last 10 games of the season with a torn patella tendon. Cruz became a fan favorite when he emerged in 2011 as a salsa dancing touchdown waiting to happen. Can Victor Cruz return to being a star next season?
Cruz was awarded big time money in 2013 as he signed a 5-year $43 million contract. The Giants saw a reduction in production that year from Cruz. He only had 4 touchdowns and a career low 73 receptions. Cruz had a respectable year but the Giants had taller expectations for him in 2013.
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He only got to play in 6 games of the 2014 campaign. He was off to a strong season with 23 receptions, 331 yards and a touchdown. Now Cruz is rehabbing and preparing for a strong 2015 season.
We won’t know what to think of Cruz until we see him in action. If he still has the same burst and quickness, he will be the same star he once was. Speed is a very big part of his game which is partially why he averages 15 yards per catch in his career.
If Cruz can return smoothly, he will be the perfect compliment to Beckham. Defenses would have to pick their poison, you can’t shut down them both. The deep ball would always be an option with these two receivers which could open up the underneath routes to tight end Larry Donnell.
Overall, the return of Cruz is an exciting proposition for the Giants. If he isn’t quite the same, he would not be the only player ever to lose a step after an injury. When Cruz is healthy and ready to rock and roll, the Giants must hold him to high standards. The Giants long to see their star receiver back in his big play form.