The fourth preseason game is geared for players on the roster bubble to make their case for a job.
Victor Cruz isn’t concerned about making the New York Giants’ 53-man roster. After missing nearly two full seasons with knee and calf injuries, Cruz is just trying to get acclimated to football again.
The Giants wide receiver is expected to play in the team’s preseason finale. ESPN.com reported that Cruz is likely to play a series or two against the New England Patriots on Thursday.
Cruz didn’t play in New York’s first two preseason contests due to a groin injury. The receiver caught one ball for four yards versus the Jets in the Giants’ third preseason tilt — his first game action in 685 days.
“It was a good step. Good step for him to take the other night,” Giants coach Ben McAdoo admitted after the team’s 21-20 win over the Jets, via ESPN.
McAdoo said that players will play on a “case-by-case’ basis.
Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. will not suit up for Big Blue. Although some key players might see some action.
It’s hard to see Cruz regaining his original form prior to his leg injuries. It’s good to see the wideout back on the field. But leg injuries to football players, particularly those who play skill positions, are hard to bounce back from.