Quick Hits From Jerry Reese’s Thursday Presser: Cruz, Draft et al
John Fennelly , Lead Writer
Giants GM Jerry Reese held his pre-draft presser this afternoon. The hot topics: Victor Cruz’ contract situation and the upcoming NFL Draft.
Reese on the current contract negotiations with Cruz: “We’ve talked, but I have nothing to report.”
Why Cruz didn’t report to offseason workouts: “He doesn’t have a contract. It’s a choice..Andre (Brown, another RFA) chose to come. Victor chose not to come.”
Answering the question again: “He’s a free agent. He’s not here. He’s exercising all of his options and we’ll see where it goes.”
On whether he assumes Cruz will be a Giant this year: “I don’t assume anything…” He closed by stating it was “inappropriate” to be discussing the matter in public.
On the draft: “It’s a good draft. No one position is stronger than the other…” Believes the team will get a good player at 19 (which is higher in the order than he’d like to be) and stick to their strategy of taking “the best player up there.”
“For us, it’s all about the team.” Also said Cruz’ situation would not affect the team’s draft strategy, citing they have a number of other receivers.
On Manti Te’o: “We had a good conversation with him…he’s a very nice young man.”
On OL James Brewer: “It’s time (for him) to get in there and play.” Said position did not matter.
Reese said it’s the coach’s decision, but sees Mathias Kiwanuka playing more DE than LB. Still sees him as a ‘joker.’