Giants WR Victor Cruz entered training camp last summer surrounded by optimism, only to suffer a calf injury days before he was expected to play in his first preseason game - an injury that robbed him of his entire season. Now he's back and expected to be 'full-go' starting with Friday's first practice of camp.
Cruz, the Giants and their fans are yearning for yet another storybook chapter to the saga of the undrafted kid from Paterson. But first, Cruz has to get through training camp, and has to prove he can still play at a high level after missing most of the last two seasons. Neither is guaranteed. But they cannot count on him playing a big role like they did a year ago.
The Giants will likely take things slow with Cruz and hope for the best the story said. If Cruz can even come close to his old self, it will be a major plus. This writer believes the team's top-four will be Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz, rookie Sterling Shepard and Dwayne Harris. Shepard and Harris could see significant work depending on how much Cruz can bounce back, if at all, this season.