The rehabbing New York Giants wide receiver, Victor Cruz, has not been working out with his fellow teammates during organized team activities (OTAs) this spring. But when it comes to Cruz, it certainly doesn’t mean that he’s not out on the field doing his absolute best trying to get ready for this upcoming season, as well as training camp next month.
The Giants new director of rehabilitation, Leigh Weiss, works with Cruz constantly on the side during individual drills early in practice. Weiss has him running sprints, while working on strengthening his legs and core — with the help of a resistance band — and getting him into shape for what Cruz sincerely hopes is his comeback season.
The Pro Bowl (2012) wide receiver has not played a single snap of football in nearly 20 months. The Giants single season leader in receiving yards (1,536) tore the patellar tendon in his right knee back in October of 2014 and then missed all of last season with a calf injury. Cruz ultimately needed to have the calf cemented back down with surgery last year.
Team officials of the New York Giants want to bring Cruz along as slowly as they’re permitted to. Despite Cruz saying that he’s been cutting, running routes and catching passes from his quarterback Eli Manning earlier in the spring, his work at OTAs, as well as minicamp has all been limited, exactly like it was last summer when he was trying to rehab from his calf injury.
As far as the Giants new head coach, Ben McAdoo, he’s explained that he plans to keep Cruz out of team activities at least until training camp after OTA No.4 (out of 10) on Wednesday.
“He’s progressing, but he’s still in a holding pattern. We’re looking forward to getting him back to training camp,” McAdoo said to NJ.com. “He’s working to progress. He’s going to be out of the team periods until trainin camp.”
At least until training camp, Cruz will likely remain working on the side with a trainer.