Once the Giants decide what their receiving corps is going to look like this year, they need to make an effort to get those people together with quarterback Eli Manning.
“I think that’s the one thing we lacked, was kind of that continuity from a receiver standpoint with our quarterback,” Cruz said, via the Associated Press. “And I want to build that earlier this year, whether he have to set some time apart with the receivers and Eli whenever he’s ready and schedule it right so we can build not only on the field but off the field.”
Of course, Cruz had a hand in that himself, as his contract negotiations dragged on until July, and the uncertain future of teammate Hakeem Nicks kept him away as well.
There was a brief chance to connect when they went to Duke to work out alongside Eli’s brother and his wideouts, but Eli said then it was “not a substitute” for what they could have accomplished in OTAs.
“We want to get to know each other more and stuff like that,” Cruz said. “I feel like there was a little bit of a disconnect there that we want to get back for this football team.”
Nicks’ free agency push hasn’t quite gone as planned, as he hasn’t found the end zone this season. Coupled with the sheer bulk of Cruz’s contract and some younger receivers who got chances this year, there’s no guarantee Nicks will be around to build a bond.
“We aren’t talking money, it’s bigger than that in my eyes,” Nicks said. “I understand the business. There won’t be no negative vibe or bad blood whatever they decide.”
But once they make that decision, getting the parts together will be key for the Giants, who finished reasonably well if you ignore that pesky 0-6 start.