With Giants TE Larry Donnell quickly establishing himself as a legitimate receiving threat and WR Odell Beckham eyeing a return this week, WR Victor Cruz is going to have more open space than ever.
"I love it," Cruz said. "I love the opportunity; I got the ball twice from the backfield already. Just the chance to give me the ball and operate in some space, and do some good things in that area. It is just another way that coach (Ben) McAdoo has been able to give me the ball and be positive."
For Cruz, who currently leads the Giants in targets (32), receiving yards (299) and yards per reception (16.6), the development is obviously welcome. He will start seeing some of the same looks as he did in 2012, back when he wasn't the most important receiver for the defense to key on.
The Giants are trying to find different way to get Cruz the ball but especially free in space, and Cruz coming out of the backfield is the latest wrinkle. Perhaps this whole Giant offense is starting to find its way. The Giants have a couple of nice passing matchups in the next two weeks which will certainly help: Atlanta in Week 5 and then the Eagles in Week 6.