Giants only took chance on Cruz because he was local

INDIANAPOLIS _ Victor Cruz growing in the shadow of Giants Stadium in Paterson, N.J., served him better than he probably knew.

While New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese might be enticed to take credit for finding a diamond in the rough in Cruz, he admitted Saturday at the NFL Combine it wasn't that way at all.

“We had him rated like everybody else – a free agent. If he hadn't been a local free agent, we wouldn't have brought him in,” Reese said, adding that sometimes teams get lucky in that regard with undrafted players.
The Giants certainly did with Cruz, who became a star on the way to helping the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI earlier this month. All Cruz, who played college football at Massachusetts, did in his first season as a starting receiver was to catch 82 passes for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns.

Reese credited Cruz's hard work, the Giants coaching staff work with him, and quarterback Eli Manning's ability to make players around him better as reasons for Cruz's unexpected rise to stardom.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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