INDIANAPOLIS — Giants general manager Jerry Reese was the lucky one who wound up with Victor Cruz, but he wasn’t boasting Saturday that he knew something more about the receiver two years ago than anyone else.
Instead, Reese said the Giants’ 2010 acquisition of the undrafted free agent was an example of getting lucky — not some crazy identification of talent at the NFL Scouting Combine or somewhere else.
“We missed him, too. We had him labeled just like everybody else — just a local free agent,” Reese said. “He had a couple of redeeming qualities that we liked. We liked that he had some quickness. We liked his hands. We liked the way he understood the offense.
“But we had him rated just like everybody else: Just an undrafted, local free agent.”
Because teams are allowed to bring 30 college prospects into their facilities for visits each year, most GMs are very picky about those lists. But a rule allowing unlimited visits from “local” prospects aided the Giants’ cause.
Cruz is from Paterson, N.J., and played college football at Massachusetts.
“If he wasn’t a local free agent, obviously we wouldn’t have brought him in,” Reese said. “You get lucky like that sometimes. That’s the beauty of it. … That’s the beauty of scouting. It’s not a perfect science.
“But we try to get more right than we get wrong.”
They definitely were right on Cruz, who finished his second season with 1,536 receiving yards and nine touchdowns — not to mention a Super Bowl championship.
– Jeff Darlington
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