Cruz expecting Nicks to be ready for opener

July, 13, 2012
7/13/12
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Victor Cruz expects No. 88 to be lined up on the outside on opening night.

After seeing fellow receiver Hakeem Nicks at the ESPYS on Wednesday night, Cruz believes Nicks will be on the field when the Giants host the Cowboys to open the season. Nicks is currently sidelined after having surgery on his foot this offseason and is aiming to be back when the Giants take on their rivals on Sept. 5.

"He looks good. He's walking again on his own so that's definitely a good sign," Cruz said at the Queens Theatre at a Time Warner Cable event to promote "Victor Cruz: Out of the Blue," the wideout's new memoir. "He told me he'll be ready and he told me he'll take training camp to continue rehabbing and continue to get his foot back right, but I definitely expect him to be ready by game one."

BACKING HIS QUARTERBACK: Like all of the Giants who heard former receiver Amani Toomer say Tony Romo is the best quarterback in the NFC, instead of Eli Manning, Cruz questioned why Toomer would make those statements. The receiver actually caught up with the former Giants star at the ESPYS and stood up for Manning.

"I was like 'Toom, what's up man? What you got against us? What did we do to you? Didn't we win you a Super Bowl? Like, come on," Cruz said. "I kept it short and sweet with him because I wasn't too happy with him at the time."

NO BOUNTY: Cruz was asked if he thought the Saints targeted him as part of their bounty program. The receiver said he didn't believe he was targeted, but after reviewing the film, he said "there were a couple of iffy situations."

SALSA ORIGIN: Cruz explained the origin of the Salsa dance, saying that former quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan told the receiver he needed to do something to honor his heritage if Cruz scored in his first start against Philadelphia.

"My first catch, I'm going up the sideline, shaking two defenders and I'm like 5 yards away from the end zone and the first thing I thought of was not that this is my first touchdown or anything like that. I'm like, man, I have to do this dance now," Cruz said. "I promised coach I would do it so I was like here goes nothing and I put the ball down and I started doing the salsa."

PROPS FROM REVIS: When the Jets played the Giants on Dec. 24, after a week full of trash talk, Jets corner Darrelle Revis asked Cruz to clarify comments he had made, which Cruz did. Cruz went on to score during the game, and when Revis saw Cruz the next night, he gave the receiver credit.

"He was like 'man, you're a heck of a player and keep doing your thing, stay humble, I've been watching you this season, keep doing your thing, good luck in the playoffs,'" Cruz said. "That was cool for him to be humble about it and really respect my game and come up to me as a man and tell me how much he respected my game, as much as I respected his throughout the year, that was definitely a cool moment."

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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