Victor Cruz says there was disconnect between Eli Manning, Giants’ wide receivers

Nov 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) runs with the ball against the Green Bay Packers during the second quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

No player has thrown more interceptions through Week 16 than New York Giants quarterback, Eli Manning.

The former first overall pick has 26 interceptions on the season. The next closest players are Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Geno Smith.

Needless to say, it’s been a woeful season for Manning which has been enhanced by a disconnect between he and the Giants’ wide receivers, this according to Victor Cruz:

Cruz said there was an obvious “disconnect” between the quarterback and wide receivers, which led to a career-high in interceptions by Manning and an offense that looked completely lost at times this season.

“Absolutely,” Cruz said. “I think this year I want to make it a point to get with Eli a little bit more, get with our quarterbacks a little bit more and get the receiving corps together as much as we can to kind of build that more.”

It’s not as if Manning did anything to alter his passing style this past offseason and both Cruz and Hakeem Nicks have had success with Manning before, so the disconnect certainly seems a bit odd.

Regardless, the end results have been eye popping bad so hopefully the Giants will finish out Week 17 strong and move forward into next season with a better relationship.

Topics: Eli Manning, New York Giants, Victor Cruz

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  • Emery Heyward II

    It’s a shame when your shore handed recover hasn’t had a single touchdown

  • Joseph Bulger

    Yep… there sure was a disconnect. We all saw it. Question is, why? The system isn’t new. The WRs and Eli have been working together for a while now. What generated the disconnect? Were they all correctly making the reads before, and now they’re seeing and reacting differently? Is it because Eli’s rattled behind this mess of a line… which will probably get Eli sacked 40 times this season before the Skins game is over? Or is it because Gilbride’s 31st ranked rushing attack makes play action a joke, with practically no ability to hot read or run a screen play, and no real TE option until the very recent emergence of Myers? Why is there a disconnect? If they’re not sure what the problem is, then how can they focus in on fixing it? Personally, I think it all stems directly or indirectly from this Offensive Line. When Snee and Baas went down, and Diehl degraded to the bottom of the PFF rated linemen, it affected everything the offense has attempted to do. If Eli had confidence in his protection, and felt comfortable taking 5 step drops, and stepping up into the pocket and into his throws vice off his back foot, the disconnect would likely go away. The question is, what will JR and Coughlin do about this line… because I’m afraid they’re not going to do much at all. They’re going to conclude the current line, if healthy, will get it done… multiple IRs were a fluke. The 2014 line will be Beatty-Boothe-Baas-Snee-Pugh with Cordle, Brewer and Mosley bringing more regular season reps as now experienced backups. I’m not overjoyed about that approach, and I’d rather see JR go all in and draft LT Taylor Lewan with the 11th pick to create competition at LT for Beatty (who has nobody on the depth chart challenging him), with the loser going to RT. Pugh would then slide in to RG and replace Snee, who I’m thinking should be cut to clear cap space if he continues to greatly underperform on that outrageous contract. Lots of competition and lots of options to solidify on the right combination for Eli in 2014.

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