Oct 21, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts as New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) is in the background in the 4th quarter against the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Victor Cruz impressed Eli Manning in return to practice


The New York Giants expect to have star wide receiver Victor Cruz back in action for season-opener against the division rival Dallas Cowboys on Sunday Night Football and, if Monday’s practice was any indication, you can expect Cruz to be 100 percent when he kicks off the season.

Cruz had been sitting out with a bruised heel that required a walking boot and crutches, but he was able to fully participate in practice on Monday and he was impressing his teammates — especially quarterback Eli Manning.

“(Victor) is one of our top receivers,” Manning said, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “It’s good to have him out there running around and I’m excited he’ll be back this opening game. He looked sharp (today). He had his full speed.”

If Manning is happy with Cruz’s progress, that is all the Giants and the fans need to hear.

As long as the two players are on the same page and clicking heading in to the new season, the Giants have a great chance at coming away as the 2013 NFC East champions.

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