As Eli Manning mentioned with what had to be a sigh of relief, the Giants are now through the Victor Cruz business portion of the offseason.
Now they’re back to football, and the realization that’s what started this whole process.
Giants safety Antrel Rolle told the NFL Network’s NFL Total Access that “as a teammate and as an organization, we are extremely relieved,” to have the contract behind them.
“He is a huge part of our offense and, more importantly, he gives me my best work when I am in practice, especially when I am in the slot,” Rolle said. “We are just glad to have everything behind us. We all understand this is a lengthy process, it is a business process. And more importantly he is back with the Giants for a long time.”
And now that he’s back on the field, the challenge for Rolle and his teammates becomes covering him in practice, along with fellow wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.
The change in looks, Rolle said, is what makes that a challenge for them.
“Totally different to defend,” Rolle said of the pair. “Hakeem Nicks, I think he is a little more deceptive than Victor Cruz. When you look at Nicks you might not think he is moving as fast but when you are up against him, running with him, you understand this guy is moving. His hands are probably the biggest I’ve ever seen on a receiver. I call him ‘The Silent killer.’ His routes are so smooth; everything he does is so smooth.
“While Victor Cruz is going to always put a little bit of salsa on it. I think he goes out there and gives you the wiggles, gives you the shake and he is exceptionally quick. If he takes a step on you, you can pretty much cancel Christmas.”
Christmas came for Cruz this week, as well as for the rest of the Giants who won’t have to be asked about him day after day.