The vast majority of the mainstream media may not be fans of the New York Giants or their chances to repeat as Super Bowl champions, but the men who are paid to evaluate the game certainly are. One AFC scout recently told Mike Freeman of CBS Sports that Big Blue is going back to the big show.
"This team is going back to the Super Bowl. There are holes and questions, but with this team every year there are holes and questions. To me, it's Green Bay and (the) Giants in the conference finals. That front office might be the best in football and they had another good draft," said the scout.
This observation sounds very similar to one that was shared by Giants 101 last Thursday, and should come as no real surprise to the obsessed and knowledgeable football fan. Love them or hate them, it's clear even to the untrained eye that the Giants have an incredibly talented and deep roster. A roster that will only get deeper as more of their injured stars return to the field.
Not everything was sunshine and rainbows, however. The scout did touch on one subject that has been a bit of a sore spot and concern amongst small groups of Giants fans. That, of course, being the offseason of Victor Cruz, who has spent much of his time in the spotlight, on television and attending various promotions and events.
"One thing worries me — Victor Cruz. Whenever I see or read about him, he's partying or [doing the salsa]. He's going to be more critical to them this year than he was last season. I'm concerned he's been partying more than he's been getting ready for the season," the scout said.
Although Cruz insists he has "not gone Hollywood," more than a handful of fans and experts have called attention to his offseason shenanigans. However, after the season Cruz had in 2011, the level of media attention he has received should be anything but a surprise. And despite his offseason schmoozing, this is the same guy who turned down Dancing with the Stars so that he could focus on football. Odds are he'll be more than ready to go when the season gets underway.
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