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Victor Cruz kept workout intensity up

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The red carpet appearances and commercial shoots have been frequent enough that it’s hard to miss Victor Cruz this offseason.

But the hours unseen will determine how successful he’ll be when he returns to the Giants, as the wide receiver has kept a vigorous workout schedule this offseason.

According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Cruz has spent the offseason working with Sean Donellan, the New York Islanders director of sports performance.

“Believe me,” Donellan said, “every fashion shoot you see him doing, he’s put in the time in the gym before or after. . . .

“It’s funny. He gets all these appearances and obviously he’s trying to capitalize on that stuff to the best of his abilities. But he’s very good at organizing and prioritizing his time, and he’s very, very good at staying grounded. He’s never lost sight of what’s gotten him there, what made him successful. And he’s dedicated to that.”

Donellan has done the usual physical training, and has also brought in other football players to simulate what Cruz has been missing while skipping voluntary and mandatory workouts before he signed his one-year, $2.879 million tender. Among those players were former NFL quarterback Mike Teel, so there was a chance for Cruz to run routes and catch passes.

“We’d find him different quarterbacks to work with. Obviously they’re not Eli, but, . . .” Donellan said. “And I’ve got some D-backs that come in and knock him around. So we do integrate in position-specific work. We’ve got some guys that come in and give him a good amount of work, bumping him off the line and just getting him sharp on that end.”

Donnellan also said he’s done specific work to help avoid muscle pulls when Cruz does go back into a football environment. Now that he’s under contract, we know when that will be, even if we don’t know how he’ll respond to an offseason away from his team.

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8 Responses to “Victor Cruz kept workout intensity up”
  1. jbl429 says: Jun 21, 2013 8:31 AM

    If Mike Teel was throwing passes, they probably weren’t coming down anywhere near Cruz.

  2. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 21, 2013 8:35 AM

    Priorities baby
    Priorities

  3. nutsacker says: Jun 21, 2013 9:13 AM

    Overrated. This guy makes Liberace look like Chuck Norris.

  4. thefootballgodssay says: Jun 21, 2013 10:01 AM

    2013 NFCEASTCHAMPSNYG

  5. floratiotime says: Jun 21, 2013 10:02 AM

    So I guess skipping OTAs because he was worried about injuring himself by working out was a lie. Nice.

  6. scottieplongballs says: Jun 21, 2013 10:08 AM

    I hope he leaves NY and gets paid. He’s kept his mouth shut and kept grinding even though he doesn’t like his contract scenario. These are the guys that get it and deserve to get rewarded and stick it to their former team when they get the chance.

  7. justintuckrule says: Jun 21, 2013 12:40 PM

    The Giants should hire Donellan and get rid of whoever their stretch coach is. Cruz has remained healthy while the rest of our team seems to be the tweaked hamstring unit…always.

  8. justintuckrule says: Jun 21, 2013 3:12 PM

    justintuckrule says:
    Jun 21, 2013 12:40 PM
    The Giants should hire Donellan and get rid of whoever their stretch coach is. Cruz has remained healthy while the rest of our team seems to be the tweaked hamstring unit…always.
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    Hey guys…check out my original entry above. The Giants stretch coach reads PFT. Obviously, he’s the one who thumbs downed me.

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