The New York Giants are hopeful that their receiving corp will be back to full strength when Week One of the 2015 NFL season gets underway, but head coach Tom Coughlin today admitted they are prepared should that prove impossible.
Speaking on the final day of the NFL owners meeting in Arizona, Coughlin told reporters that the franchise would be unfazed should Victor Cruz fail to be fully healthy by kick off on September 13.
Cruz has been out of action since tearing a patellar tendon against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Giants' sixth game of the 2014 season.
Giants fans would have been hopeful that Cruz, after what will be 11 months of rehab by the time the new season gets underway, would be able to take his place alongside the likes of Reuben Randall, Odell Beckham Jr., Corey Washington and new boy Dwayne Harris.
Coughlin's comments though at least suggest that this is in question. The patellar tendon injury is a fairly rare one amongst NFL players and actually takes longer to rehab than the more common ACL.
As such, the Giants appear to be erring on the side of caution with regards to Victor Cruz's status. With reigning ROTY Beckham Jr still an option for Eli Manning you can understand why.
The LSU product missed the first four games of his rookie season with a hamstring issue but burst onto the scene to become one of the most exciting receivers in the entire league.
Beckham's 1.305 yards and 12 touchdowns were a staggering achievement and give Giants fans hope of exciting things to come.
The return of Cruz when he is fit and ready only adds to the intrigue. Cruz and ODB only appeared on the same field for the franchise in two regular-season games last season due to their respective ailments.
Having both flair receivers on the same field makes New York's receiving corp one of the most exciting in the NFL.
What do you think Giants fans? Can Cruz return to his best after such a tough injury, and just what can he and the likes of Beckham achieve in New York next season? Have your say in the comments section below...
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