During a press conference on Thursday, Giants General Manager Jerry Reese said that he views anything the team gets from wide receiver Victor Cruz this season is a “bonus” because Cruz has been out since October 2014 with knee and calf injuries.
Reese also said that the hope is that Cruz is going to be “full go” at training camp in hopes of maximizing that bonus over the course of 2016. Based on Cruz’s assessment of his health at this point in the year, it sounds like there’s reason for optimism about Cruz fulfilling that hope.
“I’m feeling great. Workouts have been going amazing. Each day, it gets better and better,” Cruz said, via NJ.com. “I’m excited to continue to train, continue that pattern, and see where it takes me. ... I’m 100 percent. I feel good. No injuries, no ailments, nothing hurts, no pain.”
While Cruz says he feels 100 percent, he’s not going to be going 100 percent during offseason work or OTAs. He said they are “using these days to build up as we go along” and that he “should be pretty much ready to go” at camp as a result of the work he’s putting in now.
With little experience behind Odell Beckham, the Giants offense is going to need that bonus from Cruz along with contributions from a few other places to put the necessary numbers on the scoreboard in 2016.