Victor Cruz knows that Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson has a reputation as a head-hunter – especially against NFC East receivers – but he’s not going to let that stop him from playing his game.
“We’re aware of it,” Cruz told Newsday. “There’s really no concern. We just have to go play our game. It’s football. Hits are going to happen. You have to make sure you don’t get in position to get hit.”
Robinson was fined $50,000 last season – a penalty that was reduced to $25,000 – for a helmet-to-helmet hit on DeSean Jackson. Earlier this season he was flagged for another helmet-to-helmet hit against the Eagles, this time drilling Jeremy Maclin. The result was a letter from Merton Hanks, the league's vice president of football operations, which said: "Future offenses will result in an escalation of fines up to and including suspension.”
“This is a physical football game,” Robinson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the time. “That's the way I play. If I don't play that way, I wouldn't make it in this league … I'm not a dirty player. I don't go out there and hit players illegally.”
Still, Cruz said he and the Giants know Robinson has those kinds of hits in him.
“I’ve seen it on TV,” he said, “but it’s not something we’ve talked about as a group and not something we’re really worried about.”