According to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger, wide receiver Victor Cruz was almost waived by the New York Giants in 2010, when they had to trim down their roster at the end of training camp.
“He was saved by some upper-echelon Giants front-office people,” said senior vice president of player evaluation Chris Mara. “I’ll put it that way.”
It also didn’t happen just one time. Cruz was on the bubble a couple of times.
“It’s no big secret he was on the bubble both years,” Mara said. “That happens a lot. Look at (James) Harrison from Pittsburgh. He got cut (four) times.”
“He wouldn’t have made it to the practice squad,” Mara said, indicating a team would’ve claimed Cruz. “I mean, was it a matter of him maybe playing in a Jet uniform?”
After Cruz torched the Jets for three touchdowns in a 2010 preseason game, Jets head coach Rex Ryan was clearly intrigued by him.
“I hope they cut him,” Ryan said. “I know one team that would be ready to sign him, and that’d be us.”
The Giants weren’t totally sure how good Cruz was after the 2010 preseason as well as this past preseason.
“We really weren’t sure what we had with him (in 2010), and this past preseason he really didn’t do that much. We were still wondering, ‘Is this that guy we saw a year ago or not?’” Reese said. “And then, there was some discussion …and he ends up staying on the roster and gets out there. And the first pass of the season thrown to him, he dropped it, so we’re still not sure about the guy. ‘Who is this guy?’”
Now the Giants know exactly how good Cruz is and there’s no doubt that if he wasn’t on this team, they wouldn’t be playing for the Super Bowl.Follow PFZ on Twitter @ProFootballZone