In a game with battered bodies standing idle on the sidelines, and a bloodied Lil Manning dripping red juice onto the new $1.6 billion digs, Jim Sorgi and Rhett Bomar had to find somebody to toss the pigskin to.
Minus Kevin Boss, Mario Manningham, Steve Smith, Travis Beckum, Tim Brown, and Jake Ballard, the Giants needed someone to step up.
Boy did someone step up in a huge way.
Even in the pre season, you never see an undrafted rookie free agent steal the headlines from a Super Bowl winning quarterback who has a giant gash pouring blood all over his face on national television.
But Victor Cruz did that and then some.
He hauled in six catches, 148 yards, and three touchdowns for Big Blue including one absolutely gorgeous one handed grab along the sideline that resulted in six points.
As I am watching this uber performance go down, I am asking myself the same question many people were probably asking… Who is that guy?
I was originally under the assumption he had to be a mid round pick or at least late round pick based on the caliber of his performance.
So I got a glimpse of his last name and typed in “Cruz New York Giants”.
When I saw he was an undrafted rookie, my jaw dropped.
This is the kind of performance that further removes me from being able to put even marginal faith into what NFL scouts grade prospects on. It’s always a site for me to see a guy every team passed over beating the crap out of the prospects teams spent draft picks on.
Note to New York, if you continue to have injury woes at the receiver position, you might have found a capable fallback plan to “Cruz” with.