Victor Cruz is hopeful for one last dance with the Giants.
The former Giants wide receiver watched Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris all go down with season-ending injuries last week, leaving the team completely decimated at the receiving position.
On Friday, Cruz said on his UNINTERRUPTED podcast, “The Victor Cruz Show,” that he believes he can help the 2017 Giants.
“One thousand percent,” he told co-host Paul Rivera. “One thousand percent.”
Asked if he was hopeful he would get a phone call from the Giants, Cruz said, “I absolutely am.”
Cruz, 30, was cut by the Chicago Bears at the end of the preseason earlier this year and has not gotten a call from another team since.
He spent the last seven seasons with the Giants before the two parted ways after a disappointing 2016 season. It was his first season since rupturing his patellar tendon in 2014, which — along with a persistent calf injury — kept him out of the 2015 season as well.
But Cruz has not said many positive things about the Giants over the past year.
Not long after the Giants released him, Cruz told 105.1 FM that he felt halfway through the 2016 season that the Giants no longer wanted him because they were no longer giving him the ball.
Cruz also said Eli Manning had to “own up” to a controversy that he was providing fake memorabilia to fans.
Cruz has since said his comments have been mischaracterized.
Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was asked earlier this week if Cruz was an option.
“To my knowledge he is not an option,” McAdoo said. “But never say never.”
Cruz acknowledged McAdoo’s comment and added he is prepared and that his agent reaches out to every team at the beginning of each week.
Yet Cruz cannot help but think about how special a return to MetLife Stadium would be and the possibility of scoring another touchdown for Big Blue.
“Could you imagine if I get a phone call from the New York Giants and I go back out there wearing No. 80 and get into the end zone one more time?” Cruz said. “I can already hear the deafening screams from the crowd. Already, I can hear it.”