It wasn’t a perfect season, but you could make the case that Victor Cruz was the only fully functioning part of the Giants offense in 2013. There weren’t any salsas after September, he had the ball ripped from his hands in the critical Cowboys game in November, and he missed the final two games with a knee injury. But he also caught 73 passes for 998 yards – and would have had 1,000 yards if the play he was hurt on wasn’t overturned to an incompletion.
About the only thing lacking from his game was the thing he had become known for: the big play. He caught only 10 passes that went for 20 or more yards last year, three that went 40 or more. That’s roughly the same he had in 2012, when he had 12 and 3. But in 2011, his breakout year, he had 25 catches for 20 or more yards and nine for more than 40 yards.
It’s those types of numbers that Cruz wants to get back to.
“I want to have more big plays,” Cruz said this week. “I want to break more tackles, I want to catch that ball in open space and make things happen. I think a lot of it last year was, you know, there were a lot of eyes on me last year so I wanted to catch the ball and just get as much as I can get. But this year I want to take the ball and really create that big play or that home run play.”
Part of that could come if Cruz plays more on the outside. He said he hopes he will do that in the new Ben McAdoo offense.
“I feel like I’m a guy that can play inside and outside, can play both positions very well and I think that’s where I’m going to be utilized, kind of all over the field, wherever I can get the ball the most, wherever I can help this team at,” Cruz said. “That’s where I want to be. I don’t care if it’s inside or outside, but I would definitely like it to be a mixture of both.”