Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Cruz not worried about Brandon Carr
By Ohm Youngmisuk
Victor Cruz did his salsa dance twice with two television reporters at the Nike NFL uniform launch event on Tuesday. And he certainly plans on dancing later this season on the football field,l no matter what Brandon Carr says.
"It's cool," he said. "I understand guys are going to talk, but it's only April, man. We still got a long way to go. I'll just let all my talking go on the field."
Cruz responded to Carr saying that the Giants receiver will have to go through him on opening night.
"I want to use all my body," Carr said on ESPN’s NFL Live last week. "I'm six-foot, 200 pounds. I know he's got to run through me to get wherever he's running, so I'm going to be patient at the line. All that salsa dancing, that's fine, but you've got to come through me."
There will be big expectations placed on Cruz’s shoulders after his breakout season. Also, he and Hakeem Nicks will have to produce without Mario Manningham to help take some of the defensive attention off of them. Manningham signed with the 49ers in free agency and the Giants are searching for somebody new to step up as the third receiver.
“I know I will be asked to do a little bit more and just asked to be held a little more accountable,” Cruz said. “We have to perform at a high level. There will be some guys that have to step up and fill that third receiver role. We will see how it goes.”