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#pounditFriday, January 27, 2023

Victor Cruz puzzled over Giants not calling him after WR injuries

Victor Cruz

The New York Giants are in desperate need of help at the wide receiver position, and one player who is quite familiar with their system is stunned his phone has yet to ring.

Victor Cruz, who spent six seasons with the Giants and is currently a free agent, said on his podcast this week that he is “one thousand percent” sure he could be of help to his former team.

“I’ve been literally thinking to myself of reasons why they wouldn’t and I can’t think of any,” Cruz said, via Tom Rock of Newsday.

The Giants will likely be without wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall for the remainder of the year, as both were placed on injured reserve this week after undergoing ankle surgery. Cruz, 30, has had numerous health issues of his own, but he was once one of the NFL’s most productive receivers and had a great rapport with Eli Manning.

Cruz said he reached out to the Giants via his agent and was told the team would get back to him after assessing its injury situation. Ben McAdoo recently said Cruz is not an option, but the man who brought salsa dancing to the NFL is not giving up hope.

“Can I paint a picture for you?” Cruz said. “Can you imagine, if I get a phone call from the New York Giants and I go back out there wearing the number 80 in blue and I get in that end zone one more time? Do you understand? I can already hear the deafening screams from the crowd. Already, I can hear it.”

It’s hard to say how deafening the screams would be from fans of an 0-5 team that could be the worst in the NFC. We also don’t know how healthy and explosive Cruz is, and the Giants obviously feel bringing him back isn’t worth their time.

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