After the Giants beat the Browns in Week 12, quarterback Eli Manning apologized to wide receiver Sterling Shepard for not targeting him with any passes.
Shepard was back in the mix against the Steelers, but another wideout found himself shorter on activity than he would have liked. Victor Cruz drew the short end of the stick this time around as he drew no throws while playing on fewer snaps than Roger Lewis.
“I’m going to talk to somebody. Somebody’s got to give me an answer as to why,” Cruz said, via the New York Daily News. “Absolutely, there’s always opportunities for everybody to get the ball out there and I didn’t get those today.”
Quarterback Eli Manning pointed to “what defenses are doing” as a reason for Cruz’s shutout. It’s the second time that Cruz has gone untargeted in a game this season and his drop in playing time signals the greater shift in circumstances for a wideout who hasn’t returned to his former role after missing most of two seasons following a torn patellar tendon in his knee.