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Target-less in Ohio for Cruz, Randle

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz #80 runs with

Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz #80 runs with the ball after catching a pass during training camp in East Rutherford, N.J., on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. Credit: Joe Epstein

If it seemed like there was something missing from the Giants' starting offense on Sunday night, you're wrong. There were two things: Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.

Not a single pass was thrown in the direction of either receiver. Eli Manning threw only three passes to wide receivers in the three series he was on the field, and all of them were to Jerrel Jernigan.

Obviously, the Giants were only operating with a sliver of their full offensive playbook, and Tom Coughlin said they are continuing installation of more plays this week. But the lack of attention on the two starting receivers was glaring.

"I think it's a matter of where the read takes the quarterback," receivers coach Sean Ryan said. "There are certain packages that they happened to be in, it just worked out where none of the progressions took them that way. It wasn't intentional, it wasn't part of the plan. They'll be fine and they'll make plays. We're not worried about that. That wasn't the emphasis of the day."

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