New York Giants star wide receiver Victor Cruz was easily the team’s best player on offense this past season, and he’s going to be the team’s top receiver next year with Hakeem Nicks set to leave in the offseason after a disappointing 2013 campaign that included multiple fines from the team. Cruz hauled in 73 passes for 998 yards in 14 games, as his season was cut short due to a significant knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery.
However, Cruz should be ready to get some work done sometime in mid-to-late February, as the recovery from the knee injury won’t take too long. In offseason quotes that I’ve read, Cruz sound excited to have Ben McAdoo as the team’s new offensive coordinator and is looking forward to a more explosive offense that helps Eli Manning and the young, talented receivers around him in Cruz, Rueben Randle, and Jerrel Jernigan. He’s also looking forward to establishing a better rapport with Manning once his knee is healthy and Manning’s high-ankle sprain is recovered, because a proper connection between the quarterback and his wide receivers was lacking considerably for the Giants in 2013 (the offensive line, of course, was an even bigger problem).
Cruz appeared on The Peter Schrager Podcast on FOX Sports and spoke about a variety of subjects, including his recovery from the knee surgery. He said, “I feel great. Rehab is going extremely well. The knee is responding beautifully. Now it’s just strengthening the knee and getting it back to form 100 percent and getting back to the Victor Cruz that everybody is familiar with.”
That’s definitely great news, and Cruz’s recovery seems to be going as quickly as expected.