2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Giants WR Cruz eyes Pro Bowl, division title

By ERNIE PALLADINO - Associated Press
    2012-11-29 17:31

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - For Victor Cruz, the sky- literally - is the limit.

Chasing a Pro Bowl dream, a new contract at season's end, and another NFC East title, the Giants receiver has helped his cause in all areas with big catches in big games this year. But his longest grab - way longer than the 77-yard touchdown snare he made vs. Washington in Week 7 - came straight out of the clouds.

Cruz, New York's leading receiver with 63 catches, 779 yards and eight touchdowns, recently corralled a football dropped from a high-flying airplane as part of a promotional campaign to snare that desired Pro Bowl spot. His girlfriend, Elaina Watley, proposed the idea, and Cruz agreed that it couldn't hurt, since he is among the Top 10 receivers in fan balloting.

Stunts like that are often seen in collegiate races for awards such as the Heisman and Outland trophies. But for someone trying to turn the $540,000 he earned in the third and final year of his undrafted free-agent contract into millions of dollars, every little bit helps.

``I've seen some different videos where guys promoted themselves for the Pro Bowl,'' Cruz said. ``Just little things, like how some guys train and things like that. I just wanted to do something cool. It keeps people interested, and maybe gets some traffic toward the Pro Bowl.

``It was a good idea.''

Catching touchdowns is an even better idea. Cruz ended a three-game drought with one on Sunday in the 38-10 trouncing of Green Bay. The nine-yard grab over the middle put the Giants up 24-7.

One disturbing aspect of his game, though, is drops. He had 11 last year, in his breakout season, and already has nine this year, tied for the most with New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham. Cruz had three in the opener vs. Dallas.

``He catches most passes,'' quarterback Eli Manning said. ``(Drops) are just part of playing wide receiver. He knows it and understands it, and he comes back to the huddle knowing he's going to catch the next one.

``He always comes back to the huddle and forgets the last play and is always ready to go out there and do his job the next play.''

Cruz caught a team-high 82 passes for a team-record 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

``I don't really think about the drops,'' Cruz said. ``I just keep pushing forward, go to the next play, the next opportunity to make something happen.

``I don't know what other receivers think about when they drop a pass or do something that's regarded as wrong. That's what sets me apart. I don't think about the negative. And even when things go wrong, Eli still trusts me. He still comes to me and looks to me. It's definitely a positive to have a guy like that believes in your talent.''

Cruz struggled some while fellow receiver, Hakeem Nicks, nursed a foot injury. It was only against the Packers that Nicks appeared to have his old speed and elusiveness back, just in time for the Giants' division clash with Washington (5-6) on Monday.

If Nicks is indeed back to full strength, the Cruz-Nicks combination could be that much more effective against a Redskins secondary anchored by DeAngelo Hall. The cornerback recently proclaimed it didn't take ``a rocket scientist'' to see the Redskins had blown their coverage in Cruz's game-winning catch Oct. 21.

Cruz posted a seven-catch, 131-yard effort in that first meeting, and is a prime reason why the Giants (7-4) are two games ahead of the rest of the division.

``I'm just ready, he said, ``to make another playoff push.''

---

NOTES: After just one meeting, DE Justin Tuck deemed Redskins QB Robert Griffin III the fastest quarterback he's ever seen, replacing Philadephia's Michael Vick. ``I'd like to see a race between a young Michael Vick and RGIII,'' Tuck said. ``The one thing about RG is his poise. He'll keep his eyes on the tight end down the field while (Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul) and me are chasing him.''. S Kenny Phillips, who came out of last week's game with an aggravation of his right knee injury, spent the media portion of practice on the stationary bike but could get back to work Friday. ... T David Diehl (shoulder), RB Ahmad Bradshaw (foot), and C David Baas (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, but LB Jacquian Williams (knee) returned for individual drills following a five-game absence. ... WR Domenik Hixon (ankle) returned to full practice after missing the Green Bay game

---

Online: http://pro32.ap.org/poll and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Jordy NelsonSep 16 10:56p

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has targeted WR Jordy Nelson 30 times in two games so far this year. Rodgers has never targeted one of his wideouts more [ More ]

John AbrahamSep 16 10:13p

Arizona Cardinals LB John Abraham (concussion) did not pass his concussion tests Tuesday, Sept. 16, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Abraham will try to pass the tests again Wednesday.

Carson PalmerSep 16 09:33p

Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) will receive medical opinions on how to accelerate the healing process of the injured nerve in his shoulder, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Josh GordonSep 16 09:23p

Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon had his season-long suspension officially cut to 10 games Tuesday, Sept. 16. He could also avoid serving the mandatory two-game suspension for his DWI [ More ]

Justin JonesSep 16 07:33p

The Kansas City Chiefs signed free-agent TE Justin Jones (Patriots) to an undisclosed deal Tuesday, Sept. 16.

L. WashingtonSep 16 07:03p

The New York Giants re-signed WR Travis Harvey to their practice squad and signed free-agent WR L'Damian Washington (49ers) to their practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Chris SmithSep 16 06:53p

The Jacksonville Jaguars re-signed LB Chris Smith to their practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Isaiah FreySep 16 06:33p

Chicago Bears CB Isaiah Frey and WR Rashad Ross were signed from the practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Matthew MulliganSep 16 06:23p

The Chicago Bears released TE Matthew Mulligan Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Shaun DraughnSep 16 06:23p

The Chicago Bears placed RB Shaun Draughn and WR Chris X. Williams on no-recall waivers Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Arthur JonesSep 16 06:13p

Indianapolis Colts DT Arthur Jones (ankle) is likely to be out two to four weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 3 Monday, Sept. 15.

Walter ThurmondSep 16 06:03p

New York Giants WR Julian Talley and LB Dan Fox were promoted to the team's active roster from the practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 16, filling the spots left by [ More ]

Preston ParkerSep 16 06:03p

New York Giants WR Preston Parker could see more snaps with WR Jerrell Jernigan recently placed on Reserve/Injured. Parker caught one pass for 29 yards against the Arizona Cardinals [ More ]

Nevin LawsonSep 16 05:53p

The Detroit Lions placed CB Nevin Lawson (toes) on Reserve/Injured and signed free-agents CB Danny Gorrer (Buccaneers) and LB Julian Stanford (Lions) to their practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Mike PounceySep 16 05:32p

Miami Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (hip) thinks he's healthy enough to return to action in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs. 'I feel like I can play,' Pouncey [ More ]

Victor ButlerSep 16 05:32p

The Arizona Cardinals signed free-agent LB Victor Butler (Saints) and released LB Marcus Benard and P Drew Butler Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Zach BrownSep 16 05:23p

Tennessee Titans LB Zach Brown (pectoral) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 16.

James AndersonSep 16 05:23p

The Tennessee Titans signed free-agent LB James Anderson (Patriots) to their active roster Tuesday, Sept. 16. The Titans believe Anderson can play an inside linebacker position, where they are thin.

Walter ThurmondSep 16 05:13p

New York Giants CB Walter Thurmond (pectoral) has been placed on season-ending Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Doug MartinSep 16 05:13p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (knee) was limited at practice for the second straight day Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Jerrel JerniganSep 16 05:03p

New York Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan (foot) has been placed on season-ending Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Logan MankinsSep 16 05:03p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Mason Foster (shoulder) and DT Gerald McCoy (hand) did not practice Tuesday, Sept. 16. C Evan Dietrich-Smith (back), DE William Gholston (shoulder), DE Michael Johnson [ More ]

Allen BradfordSep 16 04:43p

The Cleveland Browns signed free-agent LB Allen Bradford (Seahawks) and cut WR Ifeanyi Momah.

Ricky SappSep 16 04:43p

The Houston Texans signed free-agent Ricky Sapp (Texans) to their active roster and S Josh Aubrey (Seahawks) to their practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 16. They also released LB Jason [ More ]

Darius FlemingSep 16 04:23p

The New England Patriots signed free-agents LB Darius Fleming (Patriots), OT Caylin Hauptmann (Browns) and DL Kona Schwenke (Chiefs) to their practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Alex SmithSep 16 04:03p

Cincinnati Bengals TE Alex E. Smith (biceps) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Julio JonesSep 16 03:53p

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (ankle) fully participated in practice Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Jake MatthewsSep 16 03:53p

Atlanta Falcons OT Jake Matthews (ankle) and LB Prince Shembo (knee) both fully participated in practice Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Asa JacksonSep 16 03:43p

Baltimore Ravens CB Asa Jackson (concussion) and CB Lardarius Webb (back) both fully participated in practice Tuesday, Sept. 16.

Gerald McCoySep 16 03:33p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Mason Foster (shoulder), DT Gerald McCoy (hand) and TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) all did not participate in practice Tuesday, Sept. 16.

David ArkinSep 16 03:13p

The Indianapolis Colts signed OG David Arkin (Seahawks) to the team's practice squad and released OG Josh Walker.

Dion LewisSep 16 03:13p

The Indianapolis Colts signed DT Kelcy Quarles off the New England Patriots practice squad Tuesday, Sept. 16. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, the team waived RB Dion Lewis.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group