Thanks to a story in The Star-Ledger on Tuesday, we know just how close these things came to being the reality.
"He was saved by some upper-echelon Giants front-office people," senior vice president of player evaluation Chris Mara told the newspaper. "I'll put it that way."
As Cruz's story from unknown to the Giants' single-season receiving record holder goes, "it's no big secret he was on the bubble both years," according to Mara, who admitted the team was unsure of what it had after evaluating Cruz the last two preseasons.
"I hope they cut him," Ryan said after that game. "I know one team that would be ready to sign him, and that'd be us."