New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has played a relatively quiet role thus far in training camp, and he was essentially non-existent in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game against the Buffalo Bills. And, as it turns out, that is by design.
"I’m begging for more reps out here in practice, but coach is kind of pulling me back, just making sure I’m staying healthy and making sure we’re good to go for the rest of preseason and into the regular season," Cruz said on Wednesday.
After suffering a head injury against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 15 of last season and then missing the remainder of the year due to minor knee surgery, the Giants are simply being cautious with their star wideout. And although he currently has a clean bill of health, head coach Tom Coughlin & Co. feel there's no real benefit in putting him in harms way during meaningless games.
"No, not at all," Cruz said when asked if he was being limited for a physical reason. "[Coach] just wants to give younger guys reps and get everybody acclimated. There’s only so many reps to go around so I just know that when I’m in there, I have to make the most of my reps and take it from there."
With much more time to be a spectator, Cruz has had the opportunity to watch some of these "younger guys" and has come away impressed with one in particular: Marcus Harris.
"I think Marcus Harris, from the game he had and streaming into practice, he’s been really taking advantage of his opportunities, couple guys being down and things like that. He’s really coming to the forefront here as a good player. We’ll see how it goes, but he’s definitely one of the guys that’s standing out," Cruz said.
Harris led the Giants with four receptions against the Bills, and promptly followed it up with a series of tremendous training camp practices. Perhaps his most impressive day came on Wednesday night when he caught at least a dozen passes from the team's three quarterbacks, and even took some first-team reps.
It's safe to say we'll see more of Harris on Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers than we will of Victor Cruz.
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