As he did to start the 2011 season, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz struggled through a rough first week that included several drops. Three to be exact. And to top it off, he added two costly penalties. But the youngster hasn't shied away from his mistakes, saying his career-worst night against the Dallas Cowboys has humbled him. The past now in the past, Cruz vows to work harder and pay more attention starting this week.
"I was just thinking that the game was going to come to me naturally and I probably didn’t have to, you know, work as hard,” Cruz said during a WFAN interview. “This week I’m going to pay a lot more attention to detail, making sure I catch it first before I make the move. I obviously can’t go anywhere without the football.”
On each of Cruz's three drops, he attempted to turn upfield before securing the ball. It's a common issue Cruz has been dealing with for each of his first three seasons, and that's just a product of the type of wide receiver he is. And because he erupted onto the scene a year ago, it's easy to forget he's still very young and prone to mental mistakes.
Compacting the problem in week one were the opponents, who have all painted a huge bullseye on the back of Cruz and his Big Blue teammates. It's something that comes with being the champions.
“We got a nice little wake-up call, a nice little rude awakening that teams are going to be prepared for us and we’re going to get every team’s best effort,” Cruz said. “I have to understand that I’m going to get every defender’s best effort and everybody is going to be out there to stop me."
The Giants will have their next opportunity to get things right this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who happen to have a little extra insight on the defending champions.
Personal note: We at Giants 101 send our condolences to Victor and his family on the recent loss of his Grandmother.
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