On the Victor Cruz contract situation....."I guess I have great confidence that it’s going to get done, so I don’t give it a lot of thought because I know he wants to be here, I know we want him to be here, the people that have to resolve that does not include me, and I’ll be honest with you I’m kind of excited until he gets back. I’m certainly looking forward to him getting back. I don’t want to give any impression contrary to that."
Jerrel Jernigan will get first crack at Cruz' slot position...."I’m looking forward to seeing Jerrel Jernigan and what he can do inside. I think it’s about time that he steps up and I think we feel he has enough ability and he’s been here now long enough. Until Victor gets back, he’ll be the main guy inside at the slot position. It’s a chance for him to shine and step forward and do the things that we believe he can do and then whoever else shows up. I think we want to see what Louis Murphy can do outside, but really it’s JJ inside is the guy that… It’s going to be a great opportunity for him."
On if free agent acquisition Louis Murphy can play inside...."He can. I’m not sure that’s where he’s most comfortable. He was asking about assignments and I said, ‘Right now, you give us some explosiveness that maybe we haven’t had since we lost Mario Manningham.’ He gives us some speed and we’re excited about seeing that and then above and beyond that, ‘It’s up to you. We’ll certainly use you. We’ll take advantage of whatever skills you have.’ So I think we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do as well, but certainly on the film what you see is a guy that can run."
The Giants have a wealth of players, contrary to many. Jernigan has been given limited opportunities in his first two seasons. Now, according to Gilbride, he'll get some chances. Typical Giants - dry-docking players until they need them. Murphy can be a factor as well. His career may take off now that he's in an offense that knows how to use him....