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Victor Cruz: Don’t worry about offensive struggles because we haven’t shown a lot

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The struggles of the Giants offense through their first three preseason games have drawn plenty of attention and varied responses.

Coach Tom Coughlin threatened to play the starters in the final week of the preseason if things don’t improve this week while quarterback Eli Manning took his lead from Alfred E. Neuman when asked if he was worried about the dismal production thus far. Wide receiver Victor Cruz has also weighed in and he’s playing a similar tune to the quarterback who has yet to complete a pass that counted to Cruz this summer.

Cruz says that there’s no reason for great concern at this point because the Giants have been keeping things simple.

“Mainly because we haven’t shown a lot,” Cruz said, via NJ.com. “We haven’t given a lot of plays, tipped our hands on a lot of things we’re showing [in practice]. It’s pretty base stuff [in preseason games]. “We just have to do a better job of executing.”

No team likes to show too much in the preseason, especially if they’re playing a team they will see again in the regular season as was the case with the Giants’ matchup with the Colts last weekend. That said, the Giants were dreadful regardless of what other plays they have in the hopper and it is only natural that those who care about the team would have some concern about that after watching the Giants stumble their way through last season.

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24 Responses to “Victor Cruz: Don’t worry about offensive struggles because we haven’t shown a lot”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 19, 2014 11:14 AM

    I’m not worried, but I’m also a Lions fan getting hungry for Week 1!

  2. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Aug 19, 2014 11:17 AM

    The one thing about preseason is…NOBODY EVER REMEMBERS PRESEASON

  3. bubbybrisket says: Aug 19, 2014 11:17 AM

    Exactly…your offense hasn’t shown us anything.

  4. willycents says: Aug 19, 2014 11:18 AM

    ““Mainly because we haven’t shown a lot,” Cruz said”
    “Mainly because we haven’t shown ANY because we have none.”

    There, fixed his quote.

  5. valentino8100 says: Aug 19, 2014 11:18 AM

    Success in the Giants’ 2014 campaign relies pretty heavily on what Ben Mcadoo can come up with and effectively install. Coughlin has to be one of the least creative HC’s I’ve ever seen, and it’s going to take some rare magic to revive one of the most anemic offenses in the league.

  6. Big Blue On You says: Aug 19, 2014 11:23 AM

    That’s the understatement of the year.

  7. shatho1 says: Aug 19, 2014 11:24 AM

    yeah right! whatever makes u feel better

  8. scrp2 says: Aug 19, 2014 11:25 AM

    Top 5 Greatest NY Giants:

    1. Lawrence Taylor
    2. Jeff Hostetler
    3. Jumbo Elliot
    4. Frank Gifford
    5. Mark Bavaro

  9. pete2112 says: Aug 19, 2014 11:25 AM

    Oh… They’re not tipping their hands yet. So all the sloppy play and horrible production is planned according to Cruz. Someone should tell Cruz the preseason is almost over.

  10. gcsuk says: Aug 19, 2014 11:27 AM

    Well, he’s right. They HAVEN’T shown a lot. Haven’t shown a lot of effort, haven’t shown a lot of care, haven’t shown a lot of respect for the fans, etc…

    Hopefully it changes in the regular season. But I’m not a big believer in the “flip the switch” mentality. As a Giants fan, I think we have a legitimate reason to AT LEAST be concerned.

  11. Bill Belitext says: Aug 19, 2014 11:27 AM

    “Mainly because we haven’t shown a lot,” Cruz said, via NJ.com.
    ===========================

    Yeah, that is the reason for the concern, lol

  12. jjb0811 says: Aug 19, 2014 11:29 AM

    Finally reELIzing that they have put faith in a sub par QB due only to his namesake for a decade.

  13. censorshipstinks says: Aug 19, 2014 11:38 AM

    So you guys are messing up the Vanilla Offense. What happens when you do the more complicated stuff?

  14. rhymenosaurus says: Aug 19, 2014 11:54 AM

    He’s specifically referring to how they don’t want to show their future opponents that their offensive linemen can block people.

  15. nflfollower says: Aug 19, 2014 11:55 AM

    Nobody is digging deep in the playbook this time of year. That being said, some still manage to look like an NFL offense. Of course against the Lions secondary Eli may well throw for 300 and a few TDs week one.

  16. abninf says: Aug 19, 2014 12:08 PM

    Hey Salsa dancer dude, your coach is worried.

  17. Mr.Wonderful22 says: Aug 19, 2014 12:21 PM

    A vanilla offense in pre season has nothing to do with completing a pass. When and where are they going to start showing this full hand then? Are they secretly meeting up for practice in the middle of the night to open up the playbook?

  18. nonetruerthanblue says: Aug 19, 2014 12:21 PM

    Cruz is a great player, but he really is an idiot and shouldn’t comment. If you’re having trouble with a few plays, what do you think adding more will do?

  19. pantherfan40 says: Aug 19, 2014 12:33 PM

    Giants 3 and 13 at best

  20. kev86 says: Aug 19, 2014 6:15 PM

    We had no chance in 2007 and 2011 either.

  21. n0hopeleft says: Aug 20, 2014 8:38 AM

    Oh no. A bunch of fan bases whose teams NEVER get it done are trying to tell the Giants and their fans we should be worried.

    We know how to win. I’d worry about your own team, considering some of you have never sniffed a playoff win.

    Eli has more post season wins than your franchise’s last 18 quarterbacks.

  22. tarrilasgiant1090 says: Aug 20, 2014 10:28 AM

    We have a 2X SuperBowl MVP, a 2X SuperBowl winning head coach and a Defensive line that knows how to get it done. I ain’t worried.

  23. bigbluelou says: Aug 20, 2014 2:22 PM

    Can’t go through another season missing the playoffs again. And I don’t wish to be watching basketball by late October. Get it right, please.

  24. rayjay9393 says: Aug 20, 2014 4:17 PM

    well said polyanna

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