Perhaps Tuesday, Aug. 23 marks the day Victor Cruz finally gets back on the field for good.
Cruz’s long-awaited return to the practice field has arrived. New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo announced the wide receiver would practice fully without limitations during Tuesday’s practice.
Coach McAdoo says Victor Cruz will practice full today without limitations. #Giants
— New York Giants (@Giants) August 23, 2016
It’s been a long road for the once-dynamic Cruz, who tore his patellar tendon in his right knee in October 2014. That injury cost him the rest of the season and he eventually sat out the entire 2015 season after opting to undergo surgery on his calf in November 2015.
During that time, Odell Beckham Jr., has become the star in New York’s passing attack. Beckham caught 96 passes for 1,450 yards and 13 touchdowns during his second season and has emerged as one of the most phenomenal talents at the position.
The expectation was for Cruz and Beckham to make an outstanding tandem. But at this point, it’s tough to gauge how much the former can produce. Cruz caught at least 73 passes during the 2011-13 seasons. But at 29 years old and coming off two surgeries, it’s tough to assume Cruz will get back to normal after a year and a half out of the game.
The Giants also selected Oklahoma wideout Sterling Shepard in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Shepard has been hyped as the potential No. 2 option in New York’s pass-happy offense, which means Cruz could be demoted to a role primarily in the slot.