By Alexis Celluro | Featured Columnist
Anyone who watched Sunday’s game (if you can even call it that) knew Victor Cruz was badly injured the second he fell to the ground, on a play that very easily could have been a touchdown pass.
Shortly after being carted off the field, it was announced that he had suffered a torn patellar tendon in his right knee. After spending the night in a Philadelphia hospital, and undergoing surgery, it was announced that Cruz’s season was over.
The Giants wasted no time replacing him- I mean that in an arbitrary sense, of course. The team signed Kevin Ogletree to take the roster spot of Cruz. Ogletree, who was released by the Detroit Lions on September 20th, also played four games with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season. In 12 games with the Lions, he recorded 13 catches for a little under 200 yards, and one touchdown. While those stats may not be “Victor Cruz” status, they aren’t completely laughable, either.
Prior to that, he spent four years with the very team he will be facing on Sunday- the Dallas Cowboys.
Ironically, the 27-year-old’s best career game came against the Giants back in 2012. With eight catches for 114 yards and two touchdowns, Ogletree pushed the Cowboys to a 24-17 victory.
Ogletree also has some experience as a return specialist.
But, as far as replacing Cruz in the slot, Big Blue will look to Preston Parker first.
Parker, who has 11 catches for 158 yards on the season, appeared as the Giants’ third receiver while Odell Beckham Jr. and Jerrel Jernigan were sidelined. Now, he will get the chance to work with Beckham Jr. and Reuben Randle when they go three wide.
Beckham Jr. could also get some reps in the slot position, as the team rotates through potential options.
In all likelihood, there will be a lot of movement on the Giants’ offense in the weeks to come as the team looks for an effective way to deal with the loss of Cruz. The ultimate factor in how successful they will be, however, lies in the current roster’s ability to play better.