After a breakout season in 2011, New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz became a household name nation wide. The Paterson, New Jersey native was everywhere you looked – TV, billboards, books, award shows. He had been flung into superstardom and came into 2012 ready to prove he was no fluke. Unfortunately, things did not get off to a very good start for the third-year wideout.
In a 24-17 opening week loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday night, Cruz suffered through the worst game of his professional career. While he may have led the team with six receptions for 58 yards, he was kept out of the endzone – something Brandon Carr guaranteed – and dropped three critical passes. He also committed two damaging penalties. It was a night Cruz called "humbling."
“I guess it’s kind of just a humble check,” Cruz said. “Kind of just get yourself back in check. You just gotta do the little things for a win. I felt like this was one of those games.”
There was no salsa on Wednesday night … there weren't even any smiles. A loss always hurts, but to feel responsible for it was something new for the youngster.
“There’s no excuses for me,” Cruz said. “I have to catch those footballs.”
Cruz and the rest of the New York Giants will need to put Wednesday's week one loss out of their minds immediately. They return to the field next Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and must come out strong to avoid a an 0-2 hole to start the season.
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