Victor Cruz upset about lack of targets in Giants’ loss
The New York Giants attempted 39 passes on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Not one of them went to Victor Cruz, and he is not happy about that.
Cruz vented after the Giants’ 24-14 loss to the Steelers Sunday and said he wanted to get an answer for why he wasn’t targeted during the game.
“I have no idea,” Cruz said after the game, via SNY. “That’s not a question for me to answer. … I’m going to talk to somebody. Somebody’s got to give me an answer as to why.”
This is just more of the same for Cruz. He hasn’t posted more than one catch in a game since Week 8, and he only has been targeted eight times in the last four games.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning says that it isn’t about Cruz so much as it’s about what opposing defenses are doing.
“It just depends on what defenses are doing, what’s going on and where he ends up lined up sometimes,” Manning said via SNY. “I have total confidence in Victor. Sometimes he might just be the second or third progression on some things and (we don’) get through everything.”
This is Cruz’s first season back after missing all of last year and most of 2014. Unfortunately he’s not seeing the same action as he did in 2011 and 2012 when he was one of the most explosive receivers in the league.
Now the Giants have Odell Beckham Jr. and first-round pick Sterling, which means it’s going to be tough for Cruz to see as much action as he is used to. It’s no surprise that he’s been left very frustrated.