Victor Cruz certainly made a case for himself for the 53-man roster last night with a six-catch, 145-yard, three-touchdown performance. And, best for him, Tom Coughlin seems to be well onboard. In fact, he sounded downright ebullient in talking about Cruz' performance.
"Justice has been served," he said. "Cruz has had an outstanding camp. He works hard every day, he's made plays this past week, and he was outstanding tonight."
Unless he totally disappears over the next three games, one should probably pencil him in for a roster spot, perhaps at the expense of Sinorice Moss, who sits injured and incurring the impatience of the Giants' staff. He's been around for a while now and has done little to justify his second-round draft status, so Cruz might just be the excuse the Giants need to get rid of him.
Cruz, a New Jersey native, is a kid who sounds like he's got a good head on his shoulders. He's not guaranteeing himself anything.
"I hope it means a lot," Cruz said of his first preseason performance. "I just hope I can come out and make this team."
If he keeps playing the way he did last night, the Giants won't have any choice about it. A one-handed grab for a 60-yard touchdown was followed by a wonderful, twisting grab in traffic for a 16-yard gain. Compared to those two grabs, his others were routine. But one thing became apparent. He's a very good route-runner, with fine hands and good separation speed.
"He's an every day guy," Coughlin bubbled. "He's on every team, and he plays the scout team, too. I've been telling the writers up there, celebrate this guy. He deserves it. Go ahead, write stories about him. I'm glad he had a good game."
Coughlin would do himself a big favor by starting him Saturday against Pittsburgh. Need to see the kid with the ones.
Anybody else think he's a lock for the roster?
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