Victor Cruz said he wants to be a "voice" in the Giants offense, even though he came up hoarse on Sunday.
Cruz dropped two key passes, one of them on a crucial third down in the fourth quarter, that helped the Cardinals come back and beat the Giants. His wasn't the only gaffe - Rueben Randle had a drop, Rashad Jennings fumbled, Eli Manning threw two interceptions and that's only on offense - but it was the most scrutinized.
"It's tough for myself individually to swallow," Cruz said on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday morning, "and I know for my teammates it's tough to swallow as well."
It was a week ago Tuesday when Cruz stated his opinion that he and Randle needed to become a bigger part of the offense. While the Giants interpreted that as more reflective of his desire to win than his desire to whine, it didn't help when he came up short in the game. Cruz was asked what he can do moving forward.
"I just tune those things out," he said, most likely a reference to the boos that he was hearing at MetLife Stadium. "I have a very short-term memory when it comes to things like that. I understand what my role is on this team and that's to be a voice on this offense and catch everything that's thrown my way and block the appropriate man in the run game. That's what I have to do, I have to continue to do that. Catch the ball no matter where it's thrown, whether it's high or low, behind me, I have to be able to pull these balls down and catch them for my team. I understand that. Things are going to happen. There are going to be ups and downs. I just have to keep moving forward."
Cruz, like others, pointed out that the offense is functioning well ... until it isn't. In other words, the penalties and drops and turnovers are thwarting them.
"We're killing ourselves," he said. "We're turning the ball over, not converting on third downs. We're killing ourselves. It's not so much the [new] offense, it's just us being able to execute and continue to finish execution on key drives and down and distances where we have to keep the ball and keep the chains moving."
Cruz hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 4 of last season and he hasn't scored a touchdown at home since 2012 in the last game of the season against the Eagles. But he did set up a touchdown on Sunday when he drew a pass interference call in the end zone and two plays later Manning found tight end Daniel Fells for a score.
"I'm all about my team," Cruz said, "not caring about whether I get in the end zone or not but as long as we get in the end zone."