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Still no Victor Cruz, but Giants are looking at his UMass wingman

Victor Cruz WR 6-0, 204 Massachusetts LeBron James

Victor Cruz
WR 6-0, 204 Massachusetts
LeBron James tweet on 8/16/10: “Victor Cruz going nuts on the Jets tonight on #MNF. Undrafted rookie from UMass. He’s gonna have a job this year for sure.”
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Victor Cruz may not be with the Giants as of right now, but the receiver who ran opposite him at UMass is. Veteran receiver Jeremy Horne is one of the tryouts at this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

Like Cruz, Horne was an undrafted free agent in 2010 only he signed with the Chiefs. Cruz obviously signed with the Giants. That’s where their careers diverged.

And now they may be coming back together.

“It’d be a great thing,” Horne said of reuniting with Cruz.

Of course, Cruz is an unsigned restricted free agent currently negotiating a long-term deal with the Giants and has not been participating in offseason workouts to the growing consternation of his head coach. Cruz has also been avoiding the media so as not to make any statements about his contract, but he did touch base with Horne when Horne learned he was coming to try out for the Giants.

“I talked to him,” Horne said. “He just said ‘Do your thing’ and wished the best of luck to me.”

Horne said he didn’t really see any signs that Cruz was destined for the heights he has reached in the NFL when they played together.

“He didn’t have the breakaway speed in college, but he’s got the breakaway speed now,” Horne said. “I’m happy, proud of him. He’s come a long way from UMass to being a star in the NFL. I’m trying to do the same thing as well.”

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