- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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Sure, the Giants are putting in a new West Coast offense this season. And yes, Cruz is going to be a huge part of it now that Hakeem Nicks is gone, rookie Odell Beckham Jr. has been battling injuries and the tight end position is still in flux.
But the fact the 27-year-old hasn’t caught a pass so far in the preseason?
Yeah, Cruz isn’t exactly worried. And he doesn’t want Giants fans to be worried, either.
“I’m not concerned,” Cruz said. “I’m just taking it day by day, week by week, seeing how things unfold. It’s still early to be talking about passes and looks and things like that.
“It’s only a matter of time before we get the full thing rolling and the passing attack gets going and things like that. I think we’re just doing a good job of taking what the defense is giving us and trying to gash them. That [Rashad] Jennings run was very impressive. It was good to see.”
Cruz was optimistic that he’d be able to have a strong season out of the slot in new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s system. And that hasn’t changed.
“We still have the same routes, same schemes, same opportunities, same route combinations to attack different coverages and things like that, so I’m still very optimistic on how my skill-set fits this offense,” Cruz said. “And I think once the season kicks off or these next few games, you’ll see more and more of that with our entire receiving corps, not just myself.”
Does Cruz need a few targets and a few catches in the next three preseason games before the real season starts?
“I would love some. I would love a few targets, a few catches. Who wouldn’t? I think any receiver would love a few catches,” Cruz said with a laugh. “But I’m a team guy, and as long as we’re winning, as long as I’m doing all the little things right, as long as I’m continuing to listen to the offense and listen to the calls and I’m getting everything clearly and making the right reads and plays, that’s all I’m worried about. But a couple catches on top of that wouldn’t hurt.”