The Stat Line of the Night — 8/16/10 – Victor Cruz
Can you hear that? It’s the sound of footsteps rumbling down the gridiron. Sure its preseason football, but at least the long wait is over to watch some NFL on television. The New York Giants played the New York Jets at the new Meadowlands last night and as usual in a preseason game, the starters came out fairly early allowing some rookies to either sink or swim. Victor Cruz of the Giants definitely was swimming.
The unheralded rookie out of UMass opened some eyes last night with his stellar performance. The young wide receiver caught 6 of the 7 passes thrown in his direction and accumulated 145 yards in the process. He also caught 3 touchdown passes with his longest reception being a 64 yard bomb. The highlight of the night, however, was his one-handed catch. With a Giants defender draped all over him, Cruz reached out with his left hand and made a spectacular catch that left the crowd and viewers in awe.
The thing about the NFL preseason is that it is a terrible predictor of how a team will do in the regular season. While the Giants 31-167 victory may not mean a whole lot, it looks like this Cruz kid may have some staying power. Only time will tell if he is for real, but for now his performance earned him “The Stat Line of the Night”.