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Victor Cruz: “No excuses for me, I have to catch those footballs”

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 Reuters

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.”

Cruz was also the subject of much of the discussion surrounding the NFL’s replacement officials. He was flagged once for an illegal block in the back and once for a false start, and Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick appeared to get away with holding Cruz near the goal line. Cruz wasn’t happy about that one.

“I obviously thought I got held,” Cruz said. “I guess the refs didn’t think so.”

Both Cruz and the officials have things they need to work on.

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60 Responses to “Victor Cruz: “No excuses for me, I have to catch those footballs””
  1. waussau says: Sep 6, 2012 10:34 AM

    Rule #76: No excuses, play like a champion.

  2. kreedos says: Sep 6, 2012 10:36 AM

    As Carr predicted, no Salsa dancing for you Cruz. Way to man up though. You’re a gamer, you’ll recover.

  3. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 6, 2012 10:37 AM

    Otherwise it’s back to Patterson. You wouldn’t believe what a short road it is back to Patterson.

  4. expodis says: Sep 6, 2012 10:37 AM

    If it was the regular refs who missed the hold, you media boys wouldnt think a thing about it. The replacement refs will be under the microscope during the NFLRA lockout. All in all, yes there will be bad calls and missed calls, but if I remember right, 2011 had bad calls and missed calls as well. Same with 2010…. and 2009… etc.

    Get over it… If there is alittle more contact in the game, alittle more fight for the ball, Id say damnit boy, we are watching a football game…

  5. blacknole08 says: Sep 6, 2012 10:41 AM

    From what I saw, Cruz was thinking about making plays after the catch before he actually caught the ball.

    It’s great that a young player like him can take accountability for not playing well, but he shouldn’t put so much pressure on himself to make something happen every time he gets the ball.

    He shouldn’t be made to be the goat though. The Giants offense as a whole looked sluggish last night.

  6. deshackle says: Sep 6, 2012 10:41 AM

    Giants must still be on their victory tour. What a lousy, uninspired performance. Too many celebrities on the team now, thought I saw sunglasses under Eli’s helmet.

  7. dogman9 says: Sep 6, 2012 10:43 AM

    Nice to see all of the good feelings NYG had going into the 1st game are completely trashed now.

    Many depressed NYG fans here in the city today hahaha.

  8. tmac4454 says: Sep 6, 2012 10:44 AM

    V Cruz no more salsa dancing until you redeem yourself. You played like garbage last night.

  9. bluebongzilla says: Sep 6, 2012 10:45 AM

    The Giants need to work on a lot of things. Like defense. And offense. Giving up 433 yards of offense at almost 8 yards per play while gaining only 269 yards at 5.0 per play is not going to win many games.

  10. dbones750 says: Sep 6, 2012 10:51 AM

    He got held on that one, but still, 3 drops brah? Step it up, Vic. Ramses and Randle want your job.

  11. theysone says: Sep 6, 2012 10:57 AM

    Way to place blame on the refs, Cruz.

    Had you not been help, chances are you would’ve dropped the ball anyway.

  12. m2karateman says: Sep 6, 2012 10:58 AM

    Give it a rest with the shots at the officials. They did a fine job. They missed a call….BIG FREAKIN’ DEAL!!! You wanna tell me that the regular officials don’t miss calls?!

  13. jpb12 says: Sep 6, 2012 10:58 AM

    Three drops. Not even close. All three passes hit him right in the hands. Two of them on 3rd down plays. Game changers.

    #1 reason for the ‘L’.

    #2 defense injuries.

    #3 fumble in Cowboys territory…

    #4 Couldn’t score from the 2 yard line. Nice tackle by Dallas LT on Boley.

  14. astrosfan75956 says: Sep 6, 2012 11:02 AM

    Yes, yes you do.

  15. Chargers have no rings says: Sep 6, 2012 11:03 AM

    Don’t worry Victor… Our beloved DHB feels your pain!

  16. daryllh says: Sep 6, 2012 11:03 AM

    It would have been a better day of internet reading if he was quoted saying ‘it wasn’t my fault. our quarterback needs to concentrate more’.

  17. pnut87 says: Sep 6, 2012 11:05 AM

    Glad to hear he’s owning up to it. He was turning his head and taking his eyes off the ball before securing it. Best thing he can do is use the loss as a wake up call. Also, something need to be done about the #2 CB position. Cowboys were able to exploit that all night. Either someone needs to step up big time, or a trade needs to happen.

  18. longislandcowboysfan33 says: Sep 6, 2012 11:05 AM

    Whoa .. So, Dallas is acting like this win was our Super Bowl?! Get this right cry baby VAGIANTS fans. We have 5 rings! We don’t over-react to wins like this at all. We came to your house, kicked your dog and smacked you in the mouth .. HARD! Now we’re off to the next team and pushing for 6 RINGS!

    No Jacobs .. Coughlin has a new contract, so no more Win for the coaches job crap!

    You lost, we ruined your panther party, so SHUT UP and watch us take the East and push for 6 .. LOSERS!

    It’s okay Victor. We know who your REAL team is .. LOL

    Search for Victor Cruz a Cowboys Fan and enjoy

  19. dublindemonszfl says: Sep 6, 2012 11:06 AM

    One year wonder, Cruz isn’t as good as he played last year, he wasn’t getting covered by the #1 defender from the opposition. Now that he has the attention of better corners he will be just another receiver. Anyone who thought he was a top 5 as ranked over paid.

  20. granadafan says: Sep 6, 2012 11:15 AM

    The irony is that there were Victor Cruz commercials during the game bragging about how he catches everything!

  21. phonymcringring says: Sep 6, 2012 11:16 AM

    The “block in the back” was a joke as evidenced by the replays. There was no block, his hands were out at the same time the defender dove for the tackle. The missed hold was inexcusable especially since there is supposed to be one official assigned to watch each receiver and it was clearly visible from all angles.

    Also, catch the damn ball.

  22. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 6, 2012 11:17 AM

    And speaking of the refs, pretty good job last night, at least as good as anything the regular refs did last year.

    With all the grief pft’s given them you’d think they’d acknowledge that a little bit.

  23. gd1977 says: Sep 6, 2012 11:20 AM

    Obviously a case of salsa hands!

  24. gdeli says: Sep 6, 2012 11:29 AM

    giants looked rusty but can turn it around. The cowboys actually looked like real contenders but the cb’s like clairborne have to improve if they’re gonna beat the pack, 49ers,etc. Too many penalties! nfl game rewind is great. 1/2 hr condensed game and done! but I do like michaels and collinsworth. Missed all their talk.

  25. justintuckrule says: Sep 6, 2012 11:52 AM

    Giants’ fan here…actually pleased about the game. First off…congrats Cowboy fans. You came in and whooped us as if you really did sit around stewing for 9 months waiting for it. Now, onto comments.

    1) I’m pleased b/c we needed humble pie and a wake up call. 2011 is over.

    2) Replacement refs were GREAT!! Yeah, they missed a bunch of calls…but I’m glad they did! For once, it felt like real football. They let the WRs/DBs get after it on both sides.

    3) As bad as Giants’ played (no pass rush, no running game, starting a scrub CB), they were only a 3rd and 12 stop away from putting a good scare into Dallas. Oh well….they weren’t going undefeated….onto TB.

  26. kaywan95 says: Sep 6, 2012 11:54 AM

    This is exactly why cowboys got Carr, lockdown…

  27. bobonmycob says: Sep 6, 2012 11:58 AM

    longislandcowboysfan33 says:
    Sep 6, 2012 11:05 AM
    Whoa .. So, Dallas is acting like this win was our Super Bowl?! Get this right cry baby VAGIANTS fans. We have 5 rings! We don’t over-react to wins like this at all. We came to your house, kicked your dog and smacked you in the mouth .. HARD! Now we’re off to the next team and pushing for 6 RINGS!

    No Jacobs .. Coughlin has a new contract, so no more Win for the coaches job crap!

    You lost, we ruined your panther party, so SHUT UP and watch us take the East and push for 6 .. LOSERS!

    It’s okay Victor. We know who your REAL team is .. LOL

    Search for Victor Cruz a Cowboys Fan and enjoy

    So now all the loud mouth jerra loving sheep Dallas fans come out of the wood works. You got lucky, congratz. By no means are you suddently great though. My Eagles are going to drag Romo up and down the field by the back of his neck LOL SB or not that will be awesome to watch!

  28. andyreidcarboload says: Sep 6, 2012 12:08 PM

    Victor, thank you for your service over the last couple of years. You’re an integral piece to the Giants puzzle. With that said, please stay away from New York Fashion Week. Get your head in the game if you want the big contract.

  29. omen316 says: Sep 6, 2012 12:30 PM

    Enjoy it while you can haters. giants play better under the radar and that’s exactly where this put us. Dallas torched our secondary which we all figured they would, the offense had a tough game but Bradshaw ran the ball hard. We get to see y’all again in a couple of weeks so don’t get too excited. Remember we lost last years opener too against the redskins and we all know how that turned out. Go Giants!!

  30. justintuckrule says: Sep 6, 2012 12:38 PM

    Dallas’ fans are starting to sound like Skins’ fans. Hey, do you want to put a “we beat the Giants” trophy in your case as well? Act like you’ve been there before even though we’ve seen 4 lunar eclipses since the last time you beat us in a big spot.

  31. geniusfan says: Sep 6, 2012 12:40 PM

    Just be happy Cruz didn’t drop passes in February Giants fans.

    It certainly sucks to lose a game due to a few dropped passes doesn’t it? Although the season opener is nothing compared to the Super Bowl so Cruz’s drops will be forgotten by October.

  32. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 6, 2012 12:46 PM

    Giants are not the same team as they were last year and neither is Dallas. Two teams headed in opposite directions.

  33. justintuckrule says: Sep 6, 2012 12:51 PM

    Lest anyone forget….the Skins whooped NYG last opening day and we all know how that ultimate story ended. One game folks. one game.

  34. conormacleod says: Sep 6, 2012 1:00 PM

    It was just a 7 point game, right?

  35. burgundyandgold says: Sep 6, 2012 1:02 PM

    One year wonder – Giants will be lucky to be 8-8 or 9-7 this year.

  36. purplekoolaid1 says: Sep 6, 2012 1:03 PM

    This is how Romo can play with a good team around him, especially a better defense than the last few years. I still find it sad that he takes almost all of the blame for their failures.

    If I was playing behind a defense like the one from the past few years, I would be making a lot of mistakes too at the QB position. With a defense that can’t stop a team to save their lives, you start forcing throws that you normally wouldn’t because you feel like you always have to score to keep up.

    Mark my words now (although I said it before the NY game), Romo will have his best year as a pro this season. This is the season where he finally has a pretty complete team around him. Hopefully people will finally realize that he was the least of the Cowboys problems over the past few years.

  37. omnipresentfan says: Sep 6, 2012 1:04 PM

    At least Cruz didn’t blame the replacement refs like his defensive teammates did for stinking up the joint!

    bunch of cry babies

  38. meandtheweight says: Sep 6, 2012 1:19 PM

    Please! if the Giants would have won, every Giants fan would be screaming about a repeat, all of a sudden when the Cowboys win, “it’s only one game.” Obviously you weren’t watching last season because if you did, you would know that the reason the Giants made the post season was because of “one game”

  39. bluebongzilla says: Sep 6, 2012 1:26 PM

    Yeah Justintuckrule, but that was in Washington. You keep dreaming those dreams, though.

  40. ceschatz says: Sep 6, 2012 1:27 PM

    Hahahahaha. I do love all the defensive Giant fans in here huffing and puffing because their scared now. I said it once and ill say it again. Giants will be lucky to get 3rd place in the NFC East this year.

  41. cmdrsmooth says: Sep 6, 2012 1:53 PM

    The No-peat Giants. Cruuuuz would of droooooped it anyway. Stop blaming officials. You guys have been exposed.

  42. londonfletcher59 says: Sep 6, 2012 2:00 PM

    Yeah, you DO need to catch those passes. Thanks for the 5 fantasy points.

  43. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 6, 2012 2:14 PM

    kreedos says: Sep 6, 2012 10:36 AM

    As Carr predicted, no Salsa dancing for you Cruz. Way to man up though. You’re a gamer, you’ll recover.
    ————-

    Wasn’t due to anything Carr did. Carr was BURNED by Hixon and Eli missed him, and Cruz would have had 10 catches for over 100 yards without the drops.

  44. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 6, 2012 2:19 PM

    dogman9 says: Sep 6, 2012 10:43 AM

    Nice to see all of the good feelings NYG had going into the 1st game are completely trashed now.

    Many depressed NYG fans here in the city today hahaha.
    ————-

    All I see is Cowboys fans acting like they just won the division or the NFC Championship. There is no one depressed about losing in WEEK ONE. And this was about as good of a thing that could have happened for this team, because Tom won’t let them hear the end of all the sloppy play going forward. Had the Giants come back and won that game, after playing such horrible football most of the game, they wouldn’t be as easy to reach. And we have 10 days of Tom lighting into them to get ready for Tampa.

    But depressed? FOH.

  45. voiceforeason says: Sep 6, 2012 2:27 PM

    One step closer to sweeping the NFC East this year brother.

  46. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 6, 2012 2:32 PM

    a lesson in personal responsibility…..Obama should take a lesson from this guy.

  47. godzilla111111 says: Sep 6, 2012 2:38 PM

    Stop the effeminate dancing and catch the ball.

  48. bluebongzilla says: Sep 6, 2012 2:58 PM

    “Wasn’t due to anything Carr did. Carr was BURNED by Hixon and Eli missed him, and Cruz would have had 10 catches for over 100 yards without the drops.”

    Yeah, but instead Cruz let easy passes bounce off his hands and Eli was inaccurate on what should have been easy completions. And that’s not even addressing that putrid defense, who failed to save Eli like they usually do. They lost 24-17 at home in front of a friendly crowd on national TV. It’s in the books. Cry some more.

  49. bluebongzilla says: Sep 6, 2012 3:02 PM

    Can’t blame Cruz for being excited. He’s had a wild ride, being an undrafted guy and all. Can we really blame him for working on his dance moves more than his concentration skills this off-season?

  50. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 6, 2012 3:19 PM

    O-V-E-R R-A-T-E-D Drop, Drop,,,,, Drop, Drop, Drop

  51. rcali says: Sep 6, 2012 4:13 PM

    Don’t worry Mr. Cruz, there’s always “Dancing with the former Stars”

  52. trojanwarrior007 says: Sep 6, 2012 4:51 PM

    That’s why the Giants didn’t pay Penelope yet.

  53. drexelvol says: Sep 6, 2012 5:16 PM

    He’s a flash in the pan.

  54. sd1024 says: Sep 6, 2012 5:18 PM

    Success breeds jealousy :):):)

  55. kingcarlbanks says: Sep 6, 2012 5:20 PM

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, we took an arse kicking on opening night in front of the home crowd. Life goes on for the Giants and Victor Cruz. We will see on Sunday who else takes on to the jaw. The fact is the G-Men came out flat and the Cowboys came to play, and i have to wear this damn Romo jersey all week long. Just man up and get ready for next week fellas. Dallas fans, enjoy basking in it, for now that is..

  56. nashwaakkidd says: Sep 6, 2012 5:32 PM

    cruuuuuuuuuuuz you had an awful game, you are the reason the g-men are 0-1. pick it up next game …. can’t believe you let the cowgirls beat you … a thousand shames on you…

  57. papichulo55 says: Sep 6, 2012 5:41 PM

    The whole team knows that 9-7 wont get it done this year. This game is over. Mr. Cruz will learn soon enough that the NY sportsfan truly draws a thin line between love and hate!

  58. mcgil38 says: Sep 6, 2012 5:46 PM

    cruz is just another one-year wonder!

  59. n0hopeleft says: Sep 7, 2012 4:24 PM

    At least he didn’t drop his team’s best shot to go to the Superbowl in the last 15 years, like someone I know, on a chip shot field goal.

    You want to talk about a loser?

  60. ronnierotten says: Sep 7, 2012 7:14 PM

    It happened a lot last year with Cruz, Manningham and sometimes Hakem N….. They are late …. or lazy about getting there hands up in time. Practice is one thing but during games Eli ….. at times …. has to throw earlier or harder (faster)… The receiver is responsible to *watch it .. into his hands*. The last receiver who almost always did this correctly was Steve Smith. Wish he was still here.

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