Victor Cruz's message for his critics: 'Tune in'

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  • By Edward Lewis NFL.com
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Victor Cruz missed 10 games after suffering a torn patellar tendon in 2014. Last season, he missed every game with a calf injury. This preseason, he's battled a groin strain, keeping him off the practice field throughout this month. Some say the Giants wide receiver can't hack it in the league anymore because of all the issues.

Cruz has a message for those critics, however.

"Tune in," he said.

Cruz was once Odell Beckham before there was an Odell Beckham in New York. In 2011, Cruz logged 82 catches for 1,536 yards and nine scores. The next two years, he added 159 catches for 2,090 yards and 14 touchdowns. Yet, since Oct. 12, 2014, Cruz hasn't played in an NFL game.

Still, Cruz and the Giants aren't so sure he's done.

While the veteran wideout didn't practice fully on Wednesday and is considered day-to-day, he worked with the training staff after warmups and coach Ben McAdoo said he looked "pretty good" and had a "bounce-back day." Cruz himself said he "felt good."

All of this came after a "needed" conversation between Cruz and McAdoo on Sunday, when the receiver explained to the coach where he was at both physically and mentally.

Cruz, though, has preached this message that he's back before. At some point soon, he's going to have to show it.

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