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Before the season even got under way, Giants fans were ready to have Jerry Reese's head on a stake for letting Steve Smith go to the Eagles.
Smith was Eli Manning's go-to receiver, especially on third downs, and fans thought he would suffer without that security blanket.
Victor Cruz decided to erase Smith from their memories.
After Domenik Hixon went down with an ACL injury, Cruz was called upon to be the Giants' third wide receiver. In just his first game in that role he caught three passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
In his last game he broke two Giants records with one play—a 99-yard touchdown catch. The catch is the longest in Giants history, but he also broke Amani Toomer's single-season receiving yards record.
He has 1,358 yards with one more game to add to it. He and Hakeem Nicks have both had solid years, but Cruz has been better.