Victor Cruz vowed on Sunday to “talk to somebody” about not being targeted for a pass in the Giants’ 24-14 loss to the Steelers.
On Tuesday, he did precisely that, talking to the most important somebody of all — coach/playcaller Ben McAdoo.
“We had an honest conversation between both of us,” the wide receiver said. “He laid it to me straight and I gave him my thoughts as well, and I think it was productive.
“It was a conversation that I guess needed to be had, and we had it, and we turned the page and moved on. Just two guys trying to problem-solve. There was no anger, nothing back and forth. Just two guys trying to figure it out.”
McAdoo does not speak to reporters on Tuesday, but Cruz left the chat with the impression he will be part of the offense starting Sunday night against the Cowboys.
“I hope so,” he said, smiling. “I leave every meeting feeling like that. But obviously, I think there will be some concerted effort to get everyone the football and everyone involved, including myself.
“So I guess to answer that, sure, yes, it feels like I will be getting at least one target this week.”
Cruz ranks fifth on the team with 27 receptions, but his 17.1-yard average per catch tops all Giants receivers.
“You want to go out there and contribute to your team in any way, shape or form, and that’s all I ask,” he said.
The offense has sputtered for most of the season, even during the six-game winning streak that ended in Pittsburgh. And Cruz is not the first receiver to leave a game frustrated.
It has happened to Odell Beckham Jr. — who had 16 passes thrown his way against the Steelers — and the week before Cruz was ignored it happened to Sterling Shepard, prompting an apology from Eli Manning.
The quarterback said late Tuesday afternoon he had not yet spoken to Cruz, but he said he planned to do so and insisted the two are “good buddies” and will be fine.
“We have to get him the ball; he’s a playmaker for us,” Manning said. “We just have to get everybody involved and get them catches and get them going.”
Manning said there might have been chances to throw to Cruz on Sunday, but “it just all depends on reads and coverage.”
“When you have good receivers and a lot of playmakers, some weeks you’re going to get targeted more than others,” Manning said. “It’s not necessarily because of the game plan. It can just be what other teams are doing, what they’re playing and how the game unfolds.”
Cruz said he saw some opportunities for him to get involved when reviewing Sunday’s game, but that on some occasions plays broke down with Manning under pressure.
McAdoo knew Cruz wanted to talk, so he approached him as he reported for work on Tuesday.
“He came up to me and was like, ‘You’re going to come see me, right?’ ” Cruz said. “And I said, ‘Yeah, I am coming to see you.’ . . . He was receptive to what I was saying and I understood everything he said and we just took it from there.”