The Facts: Following up on the ongoing story. ... Cruz tore the patellar tendon in his right knee last October. He was back on the field practicing -- on a "pitch count" -- the first day of Giants training camp this summer. Cruz took around 10 total reps in live drills and caught the one pass thrown in his direction. For a player coming off such a serious injury, he looked solid.
Diehards Line:This according to Star-Ledger staffer Jordan Raanan, who went on to stress that Cruz is an ongoing process. Every practice this summer (and even beyond for at least the first half of the 2015 season) will be a test for his right knee. Being back on the field isn't the question that hovers over the Pro Bowl receiver. It's whether he can return to his previous form and, if so, when? Was he quite as shifty and explosive as the player who topped 1,500 yards receiving in 2011 in initial sessions? Probably not. But the Giants are still optimistic about what they've seen so far. "He seems to be doing well," HC Tom Coughlin said after Sunday's practice. "There's no complaints and he's gone through some things that I think he's maybe challenged himself and came out the other end. So far, so good. ..." Stay tuned. We'll be following up throughout the month.