Cruz, Giants have agreed to the framework, now do the deal

Victor CruzGiants wide receiver Victor Cruz seems to move as quickly in contract talks as he does when he gets behind a defense with the ball in his hands.

One day after saying that contract talks were moving in the right direction, Cruz said during an interview on WFAN that his camp and the Giants have agreed to the structure of a deal that will keep him with the team for years to come.

“From what I hear, they’ve just agreed on the structure right now,” Cruz said. “And that’s all I’m at liberty to say.”

With a salary of $540,000, Cruz is probably the biggest bargain in all of football. His desire to get a new deal done now has been spun as a desire not to hold out this offseason, which is probably less true than the risk that he blows out his knee this Sunday and finds that he doesn’t get the financial reward he’s earned for the Giants over the last two seasons. Read more…

Drop it like it’s hot: No excuses for Victor Cruz

Giants receiver Victor Cruz looks for an interference call from the officials after missing a catch in the Dallas Cowboys' endzone during their NFL football game in East Rutherford

Giants receiver Victor Cruz caught six passes in Wednesday night’s loss to the Cowboys, but he also dropped three passes, and after the game he acknowledged that his own poor play was one of the reasons the defending Super Bowl champions lost their opener.

“There’s no excuses for me,” Cruz said. “I have to catch those footballs.”

Dropped passes aren’t an official NFL statistic, but by one count Cruz had at least 10 of them last year. Giants coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged after the game that that’s a problem.

“Victor sometimes has concentration lapses where he tries to run before he catches the ball,” Coughlin said. “It was just a concentration lapse and something he’s got to continue to work on.” Read more…

Cruz, Wilson, karma make for a bad night

There’s a joke going around Twitterland that WR stud Victor Cruz saw the Giant’s team physician after the game on Wednesday night who told him he had a very high immune system and that if it didn’t change it would mean that he wouldn’t catch anything!

I don’t have the statics right in front of me but if I were to venture a guess, I would say that Cruz had three drops in all of last season; and I would be close. Did his three drops on opening night in E. Rutherford, N.J. cost the N.Y. Giants the game? No. They only lost by a touchdown. But they were costly nonetheless.

What could have been more costly over the course of the game was rookie David Wilson’s 1st quarter fumble. Wilson, who electrified the crowds and Offensive Coordinator Kevin Gilbright in the pre-season, never lined up in the backfield again after his blunder causing the G-Men to go exclusively with Ahmad Bradshaw the rest of the game who fought for every inch of the 76 yards he did manage to roll up. Read more…

2012 Fantasy Football: Wide Receiver Rankings

Calvin JohnsonCan you hear that Megatron? You’re number one in our preseason rankings!

The following is our 2012 fantasy football wide receiver rankings. These projections are based on the following scoring: 6 points for touchdowns, 0.5 for catches, 1 point for every 10 yards. As you will read, Calvin Johnson is by far in a way the #1 wide receiver this year and should be drafted as such. The Detroit Lions will be in a lot of shootouts and that means catches, yards, and of course, touchdowns for Megatron.

There are some unknowns in these rankings – will Wes Welker remain happy without an extension? Who will be the #1 guy in San Diego? Will Randy Moss take catches away from Crabtree? All of these questions remain to be answered, but we did our best to predict the future.

See the entire list here…