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Victor Cruz signs Giants extension
Victor Cruz isn't going anywhere, as the salsa-dancing wide receiver signed a six-year, $46 million deal Monday to remain with the New York Giants. That's a lot of money, of course, but it's hard to argue with the fourth-year, 26-year-old pass catcher's production (2,628 receiving yards, 19 TD catches) over the last two years. Now Cruz, fellow wideout Hakeem Nicks, quarterback Eli Manning et al can concentrate on returning to the playoffs, after narrowly missing them in 2012.
Should Cruz get paid?
Victor Cruz didn't do all that much in the Super Bowl -- just 25 yards and a touchdown on four receptions -- but his performance over the 2011 season was exceptional. Now he wants to get paid like an elite receiver.
Nicks or Cruz?
Cruz and Hakeem Nicks were the Giants' 1-2 punch on offense this season. Nicks, in particular, was practically uncoverable during the Super Bowl.
Too much emphasis?
Bill Belichick evidently respected Cruz and Nicks enough to place most of the coverage on them during the Super Bowl in order to force the ball to receivers like Mario Manningham. It backfired on one play, but was it the right call?
The Giants stormed back against the Cardinals, thanks in no small part to a favorable call from the officials when Victor Cruz appeared to go to the ground without being touched and put the ball on the turf. Later Sunday night, the Jets had no such luck in getting officials to reverse a Mark Sanchez fumble that was returned for a touchdown in their loss against the Ravens. Some (particularly Sanchez and Rex Ryan) thought the quarterback's arm was moving forward when he was hit. What did you see on two controversial plays for teams from the Big Apple?
Did Victor Cruz fumble?
Did Mark Sanchez fumble?
Replay failed to reverse the call on the field of a fumble, but watch the video above and rule for yourself. Was Sanchez's arm moving forward?