Here's what Cruz had to say on Tuesday...
Q: How’d you feel working today?
A: Felt good. Felt good to be on the grass a little bit, get out there and run around a little bit, so it felt good.
Q: With a short week, is it tough to approach this week? If this game were on Sunday, would you have a little bit different feeling for being game ready?
A: Potentially. You never know what could happen, you always just want to go out there and perform, make sure you’re good to go for whatever week is upcoming. Obviously the short week leaves you a little handicapped, if you will. But we’ll see. We’ll see how it continues to progress, how I feel in the morning, and we’ll go from there.
Q: How close are you?
A: I’m closer. There’s no pain in there anymore, so it’s just a matter of getting the confidence back to running on it and cutting on it, things like that. And then we’ll go from there.
Q: How shocked were you by the news of Preston Parker being cut?
A: I was a little shocked. Obviously as a teammate, as a fellow competitor, I know how much work he puts into this game and how much work he puts in week in and week out, and day in and day out and the things that he’s gone through. So it was tough to see a guy like that, anyone, let alone a guy in our receiver room. It’s something that I was obviously a little surprised, but it’s part of the business, unfortunately.
Q: How dramatic does the improvement have to be over the course of the next 48 hours for them to all of a sudden give you the green light?
A: It would have to be a lot. If you know Coach Coughlin, it’s going to take a lot. So we’ll see, I’m going to keep continuing to put the work in myself, and we’ll see where this takes me. But with TC, it gets tough.
Q: How close is this team to getting where they need to be? You’re 0-2, but this doesn’t look like a 0-2 team.
A: We’re right there, man. The two games we lost were right there, we’re knocking on the door, pretty much had them won. At the end, things happen, but we’re right there. We’ve got to just come through and learn how to finish these games and finish the fourth quarter and win the fourth quarter, because that’s where games are won and lost, the majority of this league is in the fourth quarter. We’ve just got to learn to close things out. It’s still early in the season, so we’ll see how it goes.
Q: How much were you watching those first two losses and thinking ‘I could have done something, I could have helped this team?’
A: Every snap, every game, every whistle, you want to be out there helping them regardless of the win-loss column. You want to be out there helping this team win, doing what you do best, catching the football, making big plays, and making things happen. It was definitely tough to watch early on. Hopefully I can be out there shortly, help this team win.
Q: How much lobbying will you do with Tom to possibly play this week?
A: A lot, let’s put it that way.
Q: If not this week, pretty much for sure the following game?
A: We hope so. Obviously it’s all up to the coaching staff and the training staff, just see when they want to play me and how much progress I make in that time. We’ll see how it goes.
Q: We know you’re injured, but how hard is it to stay patient realizing you have a chance to be part of a high potent offense with Odell and Eli, and getting this thing back on track? How hard is it to be patient?
A: It’s pretty hard. I’ve been patient for about 11 months now. It’s been hard, man, but you know you’ve got to stay the course. You’re not going to do the team any good if you’re out there at 60, 70 percent. You want to go out there 100 percent, being able to help this team win at the top of your ability, at the best of your ability, and that’s what I want to do.
Q: I think you said the thing that has kept you back these past couple weeks was they found some bleeding in there. Is that right?
A: Well, that was a while back. But all of that has been taken care of. The swelling is down, there’s no pain in it at all, so now we’re just continuing to move forward.
Q: You’ve played in some big games. What is it like playing in a game that everybody is going to be watching on Thursday night football?
A: It’s a big deal. Obviously, playing on Thursday night, everyone is watching, everyone is tuned in. You know, division game. So, us personally, we are excited for the challenge. As I know walking through these locker rooms and walking throughout these meetings rooms, everyone is ready to go. And playing on that stage, it should bring the best out of you. And I think it will for us, and hopefully we’ll come out victorious.
Q: Was today the first day you ran on the ground?
A: Today was the first day I ran on the ground, other than chasing Kennedy around the house. Today was the first day I ran on the grass, yeah.