Cruz avoids controversy this time

December, 22, 2011
12/22/11
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Victor Cruz didn't want to end up as a headline again.

One day after making highly publicized comments about Jets All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, which elicited comments from Revis that seemed to demean the receiver, Cruz passed on responding so he wouldn't have his words "twisted around again."

"I don't care about that stuff," Cruz said Revis' comments. "I'm not talking about their players or nothing anymore. I'm good. Not trying to have my words twisted around again. I'm straight."

It all started when Cruz talked about Revis, regarded as the top corner in the game who is known to shut down opposing receivers, and how teams are approaching him.

"Yeah, teams aren't really scared any more, he's got to earn his money this year and teams aren't really backing down," Cruz said on Wednesday. "I feel like we are going to do the same thing. We are going to go out until he physically stops us. We are going to spread the ball around."

He later added: "Not only is (Revis) good athletically, but he watched a lot of film. He knows the routes that we like to do on certain downs and distances and he picks up on tendencies. We have to be disciplined. We can't show any of our stuff and make sure we get to the right depths and using the right technique against them."

Cruz's quote about teams not being scared of Revis ended up being one of the top-discussed statements to come from any Jets or Giants player on Wednesday. The receiver did not seem to like that his comments were seen as digs as he tweeted that night: " Please understand the media takes excerpts of my conversation to make a story. I don't talk trash. #Notmystyle."

On Thursday, Revis got his first chance to respond to Cruz and kept his words brief but powerful. Fellow Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie also called out Cruz as well as receiver Hakeem Nicks, who called Revis a "decent" cornerback.

"I don't even know who this guy (Cruz) is really," said Revis, who added he really only knew of Cruz from his three-touchdown game in the preseason last year against the Jets.

Instead of the response to the response of his statement, Cruz passed on the chance on Thursday. With no Giants player availability until after the game Saturday, the only talking he'll be doing between now and then is Saturday's game.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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