Congrats to Victor Cruz on Winning The Vizio TVP Award

January 28, 2012

NEW YORK – On behalf of the nygreporter, I would like to say Congrats to New York Giants WR Victor Cruz on winning the Top Value Performer Award given by Vizio and voted on by the fans. I am happy that I have followed his career from training camp back in 2010 in Albany. You knew you were looking at a good football player. He was catching everything thrown to him and had worked out during the lockout with QB Eli Manning in Hoboken. Which was nothing for Cruz who grew up in Paterson, so he is very familiar with Hudson County New Jersey. So Cruz hung out with Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning and played catch on a high school field. Cruz is a star now in the New York and New Jersey areas. The well mannered and friendly ‘Salsa King’ is a good face for New York football and all of the local kids who hope to play for the Giants one day. Expect to see a lot more of him.

How about the job Giants GM Jerry Reese did with this young man? There are three players that need to get paid next year and they are WR Victor Cruz, DE Jason Pierre-Paul and DE Osi Umenyiora. I’m convinced Osi needs to finish his career with the Giants and be signed for a long term contract. The same goes for Victor Cruz who deserves a five year deal in my opinion. I would like to say good luck to Victor and the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. The fans are behind you guys hunting those rings. I’m all in!

The Super Bowl is now only 8 days away and the Pro Bowl is tomorrow 1/29/12 at 7:00 PM EST. Enjoy the game NFL fans!

What are your thoughts on Victor Cruz and the incredible season he continues to have?

RD – nygreporter.com

Giants Fans, WR Victor Cruz won the Vizio TOP VALUE PERFORMER AWARD, check it out here: Victor Cruz Winner


Eli Manning Using Brains to Cruz through Elite Player Rankings

November 17, 2011

NEW YORK – Hello Giants fans, I would hate myself down the road if I didn’t write something about QB Eli Manning and Victor Cruz, right now. The numbers simply don’t lie. Manning is an elite NFL QB, period. Add to that, WR Victor Cruz is emerging as an elite NFL WR in his own right. I won’t use words like staggering or gargantuan (I so very rarely get to use that word in a sentence, thanks QT) but I will say that both Manning and Cruz have been steady and strong, quietly climbing up the rankings and everyone can see it now. They have proven to be resilient, just like this 2011 Giants team.

Let me give you a breakdown of Cruz, look at what he has done this year versus established and elite NFL WR’s. The passing game is going so well that the running game has suffered a bit.

Giants WR Victor Cruz is ranked 8th in the NFL for receiving yards. Who are some of the elite players at WR that are below Cruz? Well let’s see, there is WR Roddy White, WR Reggie Wayne, WR Dwayne Bowe, WR Vincent Jackson, WR Marques Colston, WR Anquan Boldin, WR DeSean Jackson and the list goes on and on, including a guy you may know named Hakeem Nicks. He is also tied for 5th place in the NFL for most WR TD’s (4). You have to remember that Cruz is doing this from a No.2 or No.3 WR position. Those other WR’s mentioned are No.1 WR’s including Nicks, who is the Giants No.1 WR. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t see this coming because I did. I noticed Cruz immediately in training camp WR Victor Cruz, No.80 – photographs This was in 2010 up at the University of  Albany. The New Jersey native just had something, he was out there catching everything and making plays. I have been watching Cruz from that moment until now.

He is playing so well, that he has become relevant in fantasy football. Now that is really saying something and a testament to quality performances on the field. On top of everything, he is a great guy off the field. What more could you ask for from a young and talented wide receiver? Hate it or love it, Victor Cruz is playing on an elite level right now. The numbers don’t lie and he should be voted into the Pro Bowl. I can’t wait to see what he does against the Eagles on Sunday night.

Cruz was at Juliet Supper Club in New York this week when a shooting occurred and killed one man in the place. Cruz was with a few other Giants players celebrating a birthday (no Giants were injured). I think that put things in perspective for him about going out and seeing how your life can change in a moment. Look at WR Plaxico Burress as a perfect example. Right or wrong, Burress went to jail for a few years and that’s the way that story ends. The wrong place at the wrong time can even get you killed. Players cannot stop living their lives over these occurrences but it should keep them on their toes and making smart choices.

QB Eli Manning won’t win the NFL MVP like I’ve said before, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers seems a lock for that this year. But Manning does belong in the Pro Bowl and I hope that puts the story to bed. Do another Top 100 player list and see where Manning is ranked this year. He is playing very smart football right now and players like WR Victor Cruz and TE Jake Ballard are benefitting from his evolution. WR Hakeem Nicks and WR Mario Manningham are two more dangerous weapons that Manning has in the mix. The Iron man is simply phenomenal and I’m glad he is our quarterback. QB Eli Manning, No.10 – photographs

RD – nygreporter.com

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You can tell by this TV promo for NBC Sunday Night Football (11/20/11 at 8:20 PM EST) that Giants QB Eli Manning is not playing around this year and has grown into a man who commands respect. The Giants play the Eagles in what should be a classic divisional battle, between two teams that really dislike each other. Get ready for some action Sunday Night!


New York Giants QB Eli Manning Update, Status Unknown

August 18, 2010

Hello Giants Fans,

New York Giants QB Eli Manning suffered a head laceration on Monday night, requiring twelve stitches to close up the three inch gash near his left temple. He was checked for a concussion and the results came back negative, so that is a good thing. You do not need your Super Bowl MVP QB having cerebral issues before the season even starts. I see absolutely no reason why Eli Manning would play in the Pittsburgh Steelers game this Saturday night. The Giants will hold their home opener this Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 7 PM EST in New Meadowlands stadium. The team announced that Manning will be going through some additional tests as a precaution but Manning has said he feels fine and is just sore.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin said that Manning’s status is up in the air for the preseason game against the Steelers on Saturday. I hope they give Manning the night off and let him work the game from the sidelines on the headset. The obvious concern for the team is the cut continuing to open up because of the fact that Eli needs to wear a helmet. It would be smart to allow that cut time to heal before Manning puts on a helmet again. Quite frankly, Manning could run the practices at training camp without a helmet. I would rest him until the fourth preseason game if it were up to me and give that cut a couple of weeks to heal, it’s a long season and you don’t want that thing opening up every weekend.

These are all preseason games mind you but it is still a football game. Without these games on TV, fans would probably never see the likes of WR Victor Cruz (6’1″ 200 pounds) burst onto the NFL scene. Cruz, who is a local New Jersey kid, made a million new fans (including me) on Monday and became the NFL leader in scoring and receiving yards overnight. If this kid does not make the team, I am going to be in awe and will say in public that the team made a big mistake. I’m sure this comment will be redundant by the time the season starts but I still felt it needed to be said. It’s time to shake thing up a little bit, even though I like all of the guys we have at WR now. Whichever receivers do not make the final cut, I wish them well in their journey and they will be a Giant forever.

All of the preseason games should be aired for free on local television stations. It is a travesty that the networks do not work something out that allows fans the opportunity to watch the games that “mean nothing”. The Giants vs. Jets game might not have meant anything in the standings but it sure was a fun game to watch. After eight months without Giants football, I’m sure I am not the only one who felt excited to watch that game.

Do you think New York Giants QB Eli Manning should play against the Steelers this Saturday night?

RD – nygreporter.com

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Giants vs. Jets Preseason Game Notes 8/17/10

August 17, 2010

Hello Giants Fans,

The New York Giants defeated the New York Jets, in the Battle for New York by the score of 31-16. I saw a lot of things that I did not like in this game and a couple of things that I thought were terrific. I’m sitting here with a page and a half of notes on the game that I will share with you. We will also discuss the post game comments from the players and coaches. Running back Brandon “The Bull” Jacobs, mentioned that the New Meadowlands stadium (the stadium is incredible) is now officially Giants stadium after beating the Jets. No Matter what name they put on that stadium or how much rent the Jets are paying to split the cost, that is still Giants stadium to the tri-state area and will be for generations.

Let’s take a look at some of my game notes and please feel free to comment in the area below, you do not need to be a member of nygreporter in order to leave a comment. These are simply my opinions on what I saw during the game. I do not mean to insult any of the players or coaches. I am just calling it like I see it.

– S Antrel Rolle intercepted QB Mark Sanchez’s pass in the first quarter. It was good to see the veteran making a play in his first real game with Big Blue.

– QB Eli Manning suffered a head laceration after a weird play where Eli lost his helmet and got whacked in the head by a defender. Manning needed 12 stitches but doesn’t have a concussion. He finished 4/8 – 77 yards.

– Special Teams mishap with rookie P Matt Dodge’s punt getting blocked. RB Andre Brown missed a block that allowed the defender to reach the ball. Special teams has issues.

– Rookie DE Jason Pierre-Paul had the only Giants sack in the game. He is going to be a stud when he learns the game completely.

– RB Brandon “The Bull” Jacobs scored a TD on a run from the one yard line. It took him three attempts before he could break the plain. Yes, he did score eventually but it gave me pause to see him fail twice in a row.

– Rookie WR Victor Cruz had a break out game. No.3 scored 3 TD’s and had 145 yards (the best rookie start since Terrell Owens rookie year). He is a local kid from New Jersey and is 6’1″ 200 pounds. He has also been a star in training camp this year. Overnight, he has become the NFL leader in yards (145 yards) and scoring (18 points).

– Why is CB Aaron Ross returning kick offs? Please stop using Aaron Ross as a returner.

– The special teams were very shaky last night. The team should address this area within the next week or so by adding a player.

– LB Chase Blackburn was carted off the field in the third quarter with a leg injury. Nothing new to report as of yet but I expect we will learn more this afternoon.

– LB Gerris Wilkinson had a good game and was making plays out there. He caused a forced fumble late in the game and lead all tacklers with six.

– WR Ramses Barden had a shaky game and looks like he will need to put in some more work to get experience. He had two receptions for 12 yards.

– The New York Giants defense had one sack, three interceptions and one forced fumble.

– Kicker Lawrence Tynes made his only FG (32 yards) attempt and made all four of his extra point attempts.

– Backup QB Jim Sorgi had a shaky start but ended up having a good game. His final stats were 8/15 – 146 yards and 2 TD’s.

– WR Derek Hagan had a good game. With the emergence of WR Victor Cruz, Derek Hagan and Sinorice Moss need to be concerned for their jobs. He gained 42 yards on three receptions.

– Backup QB Rhett Bomar handled the offense well and had a nice run for a first down late in the game to seal the win. Bomar was 6/7 – 67 yards and 1 TD.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw didn’t do anything on the ground (-1 yard) but he did catch two passes for 58 yards.

– RB Andre Brown lead all Giants rushers with 26 yards on five attempts.

– Last night (8/16/10) was the first ever football game to be played in the New Meadowlands stadium. Giants win 31-16. Can we drop the word “New” from the stadium name and just call it Meadowlands stadium.

Despite the fact that the Giants beat the Jets, the offensive starters seemed a bit stale in the first quarter. This is something that had me thinking last night as I watched the first quarter. The running game needs to get on track and I expect the team to use a rotation until somebody steps up and produces consistently. Personally, I believe the number one spot could be filled by either Jacobs or Bradshaw. Both of them bring something different to the table and both are capable of starting. Special teams need work. The Giants second and third stringers clearly won this game, which would suggest that the Giants are a deeper team then the Jets.

The New York Giants will face the Pittsburgh Steelers next in their home opener. This Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 7 PM EST.

RD – nygreporter.com

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