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Victor Cruz came close to getting cut in 2010

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Victor Cruz turned in several of the biggest plays of this Giants season, but he almost wound up on the waiver wire before his run with the team got started.

Cruz was in a fight for one of the final roster spots as cutdown day approached at the end of the 2010 preseason. The team liked Cruz, but they also liked Derek Hagan and felt that Cruz could use some time on the practice squad. Giants vice president of player evaluation Chris Mara admitted to Mike Garofalo of the Newark Star-Ledger that the salsa dancing receiver was destined for waivers before some intervention from up above.

“He was saved by some upper-echelon Giants front-office people,” Mara said. “I’ll put it that way.”

According to Mara, Giants fans have Rex Ryan to thank for Cruz making it through the final cut. Cruz scored three touchdown passes to spice up an otherwise unmemorable preseason game between the Giants and Jets in the summer of 2010 and Ryan raved about him after the game. The voluble Jets coach went so far as to say he hoped the Giants cut him so that the Jets could pick him up. That helped the Giants make the decision to keep him because they felt sure that Cruz wouldn’t clear waivers and make it to their practice squad.

Ryan’s mouth hasn’t made him too popular with Giants fans over the last three years, but this is one instance where it seems his inability to keep his thoughts to himself worked out to their satisfaction.

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28 Responses to “Victor Cruz came close to getting cut in 2010”
  1. jasku880 says: Feb 1, 2012 10:19 AM

    Thank you Rex. your mouth was good for something after all.

  2. 2sausage11 says: Feb 1, 2012 10:20 AM

    Should have let him go to the other misfits

  3. h4wksf4n says: Feb 1, 2012 10:24 AM

    Inserts foot in mouth.

    -Rex

  4. effedinLA says: Feb 1, 2012 10:28 AM

    Kinda like a feel good Rex Ryan story. Especially if you are a Giants fan!
    Keep up the good work Victor and keep talking fat boy!

  5. whatnojets says: Feb 1, 2012 10:29 AM

    Rex, as in the words of Ralph Kramden, ” I (you)have a BIG mouth”

  6. cheapseater says: Feb 1, 2012 10:45 AM

    Cruz is great! But, he sure wouldn’t be anything special with Sanchez delivering the ball. Good for him that he was able to be with Eli in his career year.

  7. EJ says: Feb 1, 2012 10:48 AM

    Cruz would have succeeded whether he was with the Giants or any other team in the league. He has the “IT” factor.

  8. tom-a-hawk says: Feb 1, 2012 10:52 AM

    so close…only a “foot” away from becoming a Jet.

  9. ampats says: Feb 1, 2012 10:52 AM

    In a week that Giants fans and Patriots fans are in total disagreement comes the one thing that fans of both teams agree on is that Rex Ryan is a loudmouth bufoon that continues to write checks that he will never cash !

    Guess that is what happens when your team is considered the red headed stepchild of NY football.

    Hope all the jets fans are enjoying their biggest nightmare this week.

    Brandon Jacobs said it best: Shut up Fat boy!

  10. bullcharger says: Feb 1, 2012 10:56 AM

    Rex must really be enjoyning this week. Hahaha.

  11. 6ball says: Feb 1, 2012 11:16 AM

    .

    ….and people wonder why Belichick says nothing to the media.

    .

  12. talkintrashallday says: Feb 1, 2012 11:16 AM

    it’s the NFL – EVERYONE is close to being cut!

  13. myeaglescantwin says: Feb 1, 2012 11:31 AM

    Now to be honest, as a bitter eagles fan I am required to hate the Giants…

    but even i cant knock the play of Eli this year. Victor Cruz is probably the biggest reason for the offensive explosion this year in NY. He has had a great year and came from obscurity to rank amongst the top WRs in the league.

    I just have to respect a man that keep striving to reach such status.
    but his dance is ridiculous.

  14. randygnyc says: Feb 1, 2012 11:39 AM

    Um, according to mike francessa, I believe he has said several times that Cruz was also in danger early this year, too.

  15. nfldtw says: Feb 1, 2012 11:49 AM

    After his 3 touchdown Pre-season game I knew he was going to be something special. Picked him up as a waiver and has worked beautifully ever since

  16. jakek2 says: Feb 1, 2012 11:49 AM

    If the Giants win this game, Rex should get a ring. First, he saved us from cutting Cruz. Second, all his big brother talk spurred on this SB run to begin with.

    Thanks Rex!

  17. deepbacksidedig says: Feb 1, 2012 12:00 PM

    Even the Giant VP is talkin smack.
    ***********

    I never understood Jet fans.
    why?
    I assume you are in NY, NJ Ct?
    Local team, I get that.
    Not like The Dallas fans from NY, or Boston
    for example.

    We all properly hate them.

    Bengal fan from Pittsburgh.
    That is just a loser. We can agree on that.

    But in NY. The Big Petunia.
    There is a pro team in NY,
    with a proud history, goes all the way back,
    serious Football.
    Why hate them?
    Why be a Jets fan?

    wouldn’t it be proper to be a fan of both teams?
    Jet fans/Giant fans notoriously hate each other.

    Wassup wit dat?

    Signed,
    confused in Vermont.

  18. cruuuzcontrol says: Feb 1, 2012 12:01 PM

    @randygnyc: Not that Francesa deserves credit for going out on a limb or having access to inside information, but you’re right. Can’t believe Garafolo (one of the best Giants beat reporters) completely skipped over Cruz’s status at the beginning of this season. That recent struggle makes this an even better story. Two guys were ahead of Cruz on the depth chart at some point this year: Dominik Hixon and Brandon Stokley.

    Remember when Stokley was a Giant for 3 games? Does he get a playoff share? Or a ring if they win it all?

  19. deepbacksidedig says: Feb 1, 2012 12:12 PM

    cruuuzcontrol , a similar conversation went on the other day elsewhere about Haynesworth getting a ring.
    The accepted answer, it is up to the team.
    Playoff share goes to the roster and IR guys.

  20. xtb3 says: Feb 1, 2012 12:18 PM

    There was another situation that happened several weeks later where Cruz could have been cut. Tynes if my memory serves me right was slightly hurt and Giants needed to add another FG kicker for the next game. But that meant dropping some other player off the 53 man roster. Instead of cutting a player who could have been grabbed by another team, out of the bluethe Giants put Cruz on IR

  21. montanawonfour says: Feb 1, 2012 12:35 PM

    yeah clever move rex

    reminds me of animal house
    “fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son”

  22. waldoampere says: Feb 1, 2012 12:43 PM

    “wouldn’t it be proper to be a fan of both teams?
    Jet fans/Giant fans notoriously hate each other.”

    Here’s what happened: In the early days of the NY Titans/Jets, most Jets fans also liked the Giants. However, it was Giants fans, possibly fearing competition, who started to make fun of the Jets, the AFL, and the fans. Then came Namath, a long haired hippie who threatened the establishment (which was the Giants and the NFL). Giants fans started to hate the Jets even more. That led to dislike between the franchises and their fans even though it’s actually not that bad today. So really, the question shouldn’t be why didn’t Jets fans root for the Giants, but why did Giants fans hate the Jets.

  23. situsavaisprier says: Feb 1, 2012 1:19 PM

    In addition to his uphill battle, the Giants were looking for special teams contributions from their 5th and 6th WR’s. This is why players like Duke Calhoun was on that roster and was activated for games before Cruz was. Glad that Cruz was kept and of course how well he’s doing.

  24. detroitcityryda says: Feb 1, 2012 1:22 PM

    Rex just wanted to sign him do he can have a foot fetish with his wife .he picks his boys carefully.

  25. habsman says: Feb 1, 2012 1:27 PM

    @waldoampere,

    Actually, it’s easy to hate both teams. After all, they both are located in the sewer of North America. And lets face it, both fan bases are are about as smart as a bag of hair. It’s going to be nice to shut all them up this Sunday.

    Lots of nervous haters out there.

  26. alewatcher says: Feb 1, 2012 2:00 PM

    Ryan’s mouth hasn’t made him too popular with Giants fans over the last three years, but this is one instance where it seems his inability to keep his thoughts to himself worked out to their satisfaction.

    ———–

    And this is why good NFL coaches play it close to the vest. Never let your opponents know what you really think. See: Bill Belichick

  27. pedrovillegas21 says: Feb 1, 2012 2:57 PM

    never used to really care about the Jets, didnt hate / like them, im a Giants fan, and started hating the Jets when Ryan got there and started talking, then the fans took on his personality, 1st year, they DO NOT make the plaayoffs if the Colts dont rest their starters..FACT

  28. alewatcher says: Feb 1, 2012 3:13 PM

    deepbacksidedig says: Feb 1, 2012 12:12 PM

    cruuuzcontrol , a similar conversation went on the other day elsewhere about Haynesworth getting a ring.
    The accepted answer, it is up to the team.
    Playoff share goes to the roster and IR guys.

    —————

    I think the Colts gave a ring to Edgerrin (sp?) James, even though he was no longer on the team, for his contributions.

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