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Victor Cruz, Odell Beckham Jr. look forward to teaming up for Giants

Giants wide receivers Victor Cruz, right, and Odell

Giants wide receivers Victor Cruz, right, and Odell Beckham, Jr. pose for pictures before a Steiner Sports autograph session at Roosevelt Field on Nov. 24, 2014. Credit: James Escher

Victor Cruz has had enough.

"If I get another question out on the streets about how excited everybody is about myself and Odell, I might just jump off a building," he joked on Thursday.

With almost five more months until the regular season opens, Cruz should make sure he stays on the ground floor as much as possible because that's going to be a lot of what people talk about regarding the Giants this season. Last year, the two receivers barely played together, their paths crossing on the field for just one full game. Odell Beckham Jr. came back from his hamstring injury in Week 5, Cruz's season ended with a torn patellar tendon in Week 6.

Now, the world wants to know what the two will be capable of when they play side-by-side (if five primetime scheduled games for a team that went 6-10 last season is any indication).

So, too, do they.

"It's going to be a lot easier," Beckham said of playing opposite Cruz. "You can't do the things that you would usually do, whether it's put a safety over the top or things like that, because you have Vic and Rueben [Randle] who are both guys who are going to be successful at what they do? It's going to be hard for teams to gameplan just against me when you have all these other weapons that we have here on offense."

Cruz realizes that Beckham will allow him more opportunities. Cruz was part of such a group in 2011 when he played with Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham. The Giants won a Super Bowl that year.

Coming off knee surgery, Cruz also has the added benefit of not having to come back and be "the guy."

"Just to know that there are guys out there who can take the pressure off of each other, just to know I can be a complement and not a focal piece...I'm excited," Cruz said. "It definitely helps me mentally."

Beckham also will have the benefit of an offseason program with the Giants. He missed almost all of the on-field elements of last year's OTAs and training camp because of his hamstring issues. This year, he's expected to be out there catching passes, working on the finer points of his game and developing more chemistry with Eli Manning.

So, after a record-setting Rookie of the Year season, what can be expected from Beckham? He said he does not have any concrete goals for 2015.

"I guess we'll have to wait and see," he said.

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