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5. Victor Cruz
OK—Cruz is one of their stars—so he’s not exactly an unsung heroes. But the Giants need him to return to post-knee surgery form because they’re just their best when he’s on the field.
Yes, Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle played well without Cruz there. But remember the secondaries they were going up against down the stretch last season?
Dallas, Tennessee, Jacksonville, Washington, St. Louis, Philadelphia.
That’s no discredit to what Beckham Jr. and Randle did, but they won’t be able to perform at an all-star status against the league’s top defensive backfields, if they don’t have a dangerous target manning the slot. Preston Parker is not going to cut it.
Yes, Cruz is their star. But I can’t say enough how much the Giants need him on the field performing this season. Of all the players on this list, he may be the most important, because he’s not just a game-changer on offense—he’s an offensive game-changer—one who could turn a good Giants offense into a great one.
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