Victor Cruz has not played in a football game since October 2014, and it is unclear whether that streak will continue or end when the Giants face the Dolphins in their preseason opener Friday. Asked yesterday if Cruz is on track to participate in the game, coach Ben McAdoo said he is “not going to talk much about play time.”
Cruz hasn’t missed a practice this training camp as he returns from a left calf injury that required surgery and kept him off the field all of last season, plus a torn patellar tendon in his right knee that he suffered in 2014. He has, though, seen his reps dialed back a few times, which the Giants say is part of his scheduled program. Whether that program includes this preseason game — or any of them — has not been addressed.
“Victor has looked sharp,” Eli Manning said. “He’s making plays, getting the speed . . . Just making those tough catches and adjusting to the ball in the air are things that he’s doing much better now. He just had to get some live action and is playing some football.”
Whether he will play some football Friday, though, remains to be seen.
Who makes the call?
Another mystery for Friday night is who will call the offensive plays. McAdoo has not announced whether it will be him or offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan feeding the plays into Manning’s helmet.
Because it’s a preseason game, at various points and with various backup quarterbacks, McAdoo said they might rotate the responsibility.
“We’ll have a play-caller on Friday and we’ll evaluate it afterward,” he said. “We’ll take a look at it on Friday and we’ll go from there.”
The offense won both two-minute drills in practice Monday, with Manning methodically driving the ball, going 6-for-6 on six snaps, including a touchdown pass to Odell Beckham Jr. Backup quarterback Ryan Nassib hit Roger Lewis with a deep pass to lead the second team . . . McAdoo confirmed what anyone who has seen rookie safety Darian Thompson take every first-team rep since the spring already knew: He’s the favorite to win the starting job . . . Rookie cornerback Eli Apple said he is getting used to the NFL’s rules compared with the more lax ones in college. “I never really picked it up just watching it as a fan, but being a player and seeing everything that the coaches have been teaching me has definitely been beneficial so far, and I am just continuing to learn,” he said. “It’s just the little things, the bad habits that you have to break because in college the rules are different.”