Giants WR Victor Cruz is a year removed from the hardest moment of his professional career. Yes, there was a massive contract extension waiting for him at the end, but there were also the moments where he had to shut everyone out and simply trust the process.
He wasn't at OTA's, spending his time at an off-site training facility attempting to recreate the practices. He wasn't with his coaches, even though he wanted to be.
"I'm extremely happy," Cruz said at an event at Citi Field on Wednesday. "I'm finally at the point where I can just relax and play the game and get better as a player and get better as a teammate, a leader and an individual."
Cruz was the #1 WR through the first four weeks thanks in large part to a 118-yard, three-TD game against the Cowboys in Week 1. (Cruz cracked the 100-yard mark twice more in the first month.) Unfortunately, his production fell off of a cliff in the final 12 games; Cruz was the #59 WR the rest of the way. The Giants’ offense should bounce back under new OC Ben McAdoo who plans to use Cruz in the Randall Cobb role in his version of the West Coast Offense.