Victor Cruz admits he’ll carry the gruesome memories of the night of Oct. 12, 2014, into Sunday’s game against the Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee against the Eagles in Philadelphia, and he’ll face them for the first time since that game at Lincoln Financial Field.
“Obviously, in the back of my mind, I think about it,” Cruz said Wednesday about the injury. “It’s different circumstances, different year [and different stadium], but I’d be lying if I didn’t say it’s on my mind at some point.”
Cruz wound up missing not only the rest of the 2014 season but the entire 2015 season because of a calf injury in his left leg he initially suffered in training camp. Cruz eventually underwent surgery and didn’t make it back for a game until this year’s opener against the Cowboys.
Cruz has 24 catches for 331 yards and one touchdown. The TD turned out to be the game-winner in the Giants’ 20-19 victory over Dallas.
“I feel really good about where I am at right now,” Cruz said. “I feel good about what I’ve done so far. I just want to continue to build on that and continue to go upward, and not the other way around.”
Cruz’s first big game in the NFL came against the Eagles in 2011, when he had three catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns in a 29-16 win in Philadelphia.