The NFL is through the first week of playoffs and for many New York Giants, it's still hard to accept that they aren't playing. Punter Steve Weatherford has expressed his frustration, head coach Tom Coughlin detailed the emotional strain it's put on him, and wide receiver Victor Cruz, who appeared on ESPN's "The Herd" on Tuesday, says sitting home "hurts."
“It definitely stings,” Cruz said, “especially coming off the season we had last year. After winning the Super Bowl, you want to be able to go back to the playoffs and have the chance to do it again. It will hurt for a while."
Cruz made no excuses, though. Like teammate Chris Snee, who said following their week 17 victory that they "didn't deserve" to make the playoffs, the Pro Bowl wide receiver feels the Giants were their own worst enemy, and that they have no one to blame but themselves.
“The past couple of weeks, we couldn’t click. We all had some problems putting it all together. But I knew as well as these guys that we had to win to have a chance. What happened to us happened for whatever reasons," Cruz said. "Now, we have to look ahead."
For Cruz, looking ahead won't be difficult. Long before the 2013 season begins, the third-year wide receiver would like to come to an agreement on a new contract – ideally, for him, somewhere in the neighborhood of $8 – $10 million per year. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but the Patterson, NJ native is positive of one thing: this is where he'd like to stay.
“I want to stay here, and this is my home,” said Cruz. “I love playing football here. I would like to work something out where I can play here for a long time. The future of this team is bright. We have a tremendous amount of talent here.”
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