Cruz called attention to one miscue in which teammate Jayron Hosley was called for holding on a play during which he was the punt returner.
"That was probably the most mind-boggling one to me," Cruz said. "I'm a little concerned because we want to make sure we're getting the best referees we can. I actually overheard one of the refs saying he only refereed glorified high school games, which I don't even know what that means."
Cruz said he looks forward to labor peace for the regular officials.
"That will probably be the first time I'll be happy to see a ref I saw from last year," Cruz said. "I'm going to shake his hand and say, 'Thank you for coming back.' "
The receiver's comments feed into the notion that the replacement officials hired by the NFL are overmatched. At this point, the league has to be holding its breath each time a crew takes the field.