John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Yesterday, the Giants made Victor Cruz the highest-paid wide receiver in team history. Now, all he has to do is live up to the deal. He intends to.
“The work is just getting started for me,” he said. “It’s a whole new window of opportunity, a whole new world for me after this contract.”
So, what type of legacy and production can the Giants expect from Victor Cruz the next six years? Well, based on his current numbers, he will become the greatest WR of the first century of Giants’ history.
Cruz began his career with the Giants in 2010, dressing for three games but not registering any receiving stats, so we’ll just begin tracking his career in 2011.
In his his first two full seasons, Cruz averaged 84 catches for 1,314 yards and and 9.5 TDs per season. Multiply those numbers by six and add them to his current figures and this is where Cruz will stand in Giants’ franchise history after the 2018 season…
- Receptions – 672 – 1st all-time (Amani Toomer holds the current mark of 668)
- Receiving Yards – 10,512 – 1st all-time (Toomer, 9,497)
- Receiving TDs – 76 – 1st all-time (Toomer, 54)
The bulk of the work is in front of him, but he seems to have both the ability and the opportunity in front of him to shatter all of the Giants’ receiving records.
In addition, he already owns the single-season high for yards (1,536 in 2011), and has the second (86 in 2012) and third (82 in 2011) highest single-season reception totals behind Steve Smith’s 107 in 2009.
Surely, more heroics are in the cards. Exciting times are ahead.