The touchdown salsa dance was introduced to the NFL in 2011 when an undrafted wide receiver out of the University of Massachusetts grabbed a roster spot for the New York Giants. Victor Cruz went from the practice squad, to Super Bowl champion in just two short seasons.
However, the following two seasons were not as bountiful for Cruz and the upcoming season currently has a bleak outlook. Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee last season marking the second season in a row Cruz could not partake in all 16 games.
If there was a silver lining for the Giants with Cruz’s injury, it was the signing of Odell Beckham Jr. The standout rookie wide receiver did not just supplant Cruz as the top receiver in New York, but also stole the hearts of NFL fans and won the trust of quarterback, Eli Manning.
Cruz hopes to avoid being placed on the physically unable to perform list and be available for training camp on July 30. Cruz also expects himself to be ready for the Giants season opener.
“As of right now there’s zero doubts in my mind I will be playing in that first game and be playing at a level I’d like to be playing at.’’ Cruz told the New York Post.
The Giants plan to play Cruz in one preseason game and head coach, Tom Coughlin, is on record saying he’d like for Cruz to be on the field for week 1. The truth of the matter is, Cruz will be eased into the season very, very slowly. It is important for Cruz to build chemistry with Beckham and return back to Pro Bowl form, but that won’t happen to later in the season and perhaps, not until 2016.
Cruz is at least worth a late round flier off all draft boards. He is two years removed from his best statistical season, but can still put up decent WR3 numbers in 2015.