“It’s going well; so far so good,” Cruz said. “A lot of new terminology, a lot of new nuances, a lot of different route combinations. But at the end of the day it’s football, so I just have to make sure I learn it, make sure I retain it and be able to fly.”
Cruz signed with the Bears late in the offseason—May 30 to be exact—giving him less time than most of the team’s other free-agent acquisitions to digest his playbook. But the former Giants star likes the offense and is confident that he can thrive in it.
“I think I fit in very well,” Cruz said. “A lot of it, especially from a slot perspective, it definitely suits my abilities. I think if I just continue to prove that I can make those plays and run those routes the right way and get myself open, I’ll be out there on the field playing on Sundays.”
Cruz entered the NFL with the Giants in 2010 as an undrafted free agent from Massachusetts. He emerged as a star in his second season, helping New York win the Super Bowl by catching 82 passes for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns. He followed with 86 receptions for 1,092 yards and 10 TDs in 2012 and 73 catches for 998 yards and four TDs in 2013.
But Cruz’s career was derailed six games into the 2014 season when he tore the patellar tendon in his right knee against the Eagles. He seemed to be on the road to recovery nearly a year later but suffered a calf injury…
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