Minnesota wide receiver Greg Jennings had a 70-yard touchdown reception last week, the seventh TD catch of at least 70 yards in his career. He is tied with the Giants’ Victor Cruz for the most 70+ yard touchdown receptions among active players.
“Greg made plays all game and he does a tremendous job with the run after the catch,” says Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel about Jennings’ performance in Week 4. “He’s strong with the ball and runs after the catch.”
Cruz, who had a 69-yard touchdown catch last week against Kansas City, had a 70-yard receiving TD in Week 1 versus Dallas. In his career, he has seven touchdown receptions of at least 70 yards as well as a 68- and 69-yarder.
“Any time I get a chance to get the ball, I want to make the big play,” says Cruz. “I am just trying to do the most I can when I catch the ball.”
With the Giants struggling, Cruz is still making plays, further cementing the Giants’ decision to extend his contract for five years.
“I guess I’m just getting open,” Cruz said when asked how he continues to success while the rest of the team is slumping. “Catching balls that are thrown to me and making something happen. That’s all I can do, to do what’s expected of me and get myself open and be an outlet for Eli to hit. It’s not just about me. It’s about this team getting on the same page and us clicking on all accords and getting this offense back on track.”
Since the 1970 merger, Jennings and Cruz are among the seven players with at least seven touchdown receptions of 70+ yards. Former 49er WR John Taylor also has seven. James Lofton, Terrell Owens and Wesley Walker each have eight.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice has the most in the NFL during that span with nine.