Once a Giant, always a Giant (believer) for Victor Cruz.
The former Big Blue receiver, who announced his retirement Tuesday and joined ESPN as an NFL analyst, spent his first day on the job Wednesday defending his preseason predictions to Stephen A. Smith.
“I think the Giants are going to have a tremendous year,” said Cruz, 31, on “The Stephen A. Smith Show,” adding that they — although, early on, he often referred to the Giants as “we” — are a playoff contender.
“I’m going to go on the record and say they’re going to win 10 games this year, and they’re going to be a playoff team,” he said. “Will they be a Super Bowl-contending playoff team? We’ll have to see.”
Before Cruz could explain why the Giants sit atop the NFC East this year, Smith decided he had heard enough.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” he said to Cruz. “You’re going to sit up there and say that’s objective?”
Cruz, an undrafted free agent, spent six seasons with the Giants, his career going downhill after tearing his patellar tendon in 2014 during a game against the Eagles. He returned in 2016 but was released in February 2017.
“I’m saying the Giants are going to have a 10-win season. The offensive line is going to keep Eli Manning upright, and you’re going to see a different Eli Manning,” Cruz said.
While Cruz believes the defending Super Bowl champs, the Eagles, and the Packers are among the biggest threats in the NFC, he and Smith did agree on one thing: Odell Beckham Jr.’s impending paycheck.
“I think he deserves his money right now,” Cruz said.
Beckham, 25, and Cruz were teammates for two years. The pair were part of the infamous boat ride in Miami ahead of the Giants’ lone playoff game in January 2017.
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