Notebook: Cruz 'did the smart thing'

June, 25, 2013
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Justin Tuck believes Victor Cruz "did the smart thing" by signing his one-year RFA tender.

Cruz continues to seek a long-term extension with the Giants. Tuck thinks the receiver signing his tender should keep the ball rolling toward an agreement.

"I really think that is going to expedite things," Tuck said at the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday. "I hope it does. Obviously, everybody wants to see Victor back and he is a huge part of our success. Hopefully everything works out and I think he did the smart thing."

One thing Tuck is not worried about is Cruz's fitness level. Tuck says he has been keeping tabs on Cruz, who did not participate in voluntary OTAs or minicamp.

"Everybody is going to talk about what he has done off the field this offseason," Tuck said. "He is enjoying the limelight that he has created for himself and I can't blame him for that. But I know his trainer and I know where he has been training every day.

"I keep tabs on a lot of people," the defensive captain continued. "He will be ready to go. I am not even worried about it. And he has one of the best quarterbacks to ever play this game. Those guys will be on the same page."

Man of Steel: Tuck spoke Monday about how he's feeling incredible -- both body and mind.

But he also said his good friend Jason Pierre-Paul also appears to be feeling good after back surgery.

"I speak to him all the time," Tuck said. "[He's] doing well."

"Everybody is [also] telling me he is doing well," Tuck later added. "I have seen him walking around and doing his rehab stuff."

Tuck said both he and Pierre-Paul expect that the Pro Bowl defensive end will be ready for the season opener against Dallas.

"He does [and] I expect him back, too," Tuck said. "He is Superman."

Reaching to Leach: Fullback Vonta Leach is still looking for a new home and the Giants are interested.

"The Giants, they called us on the first day," Leach said on Sirius XM NFL radio. "From what I've heard, things are picking up a little bit more [with the Giants]. We will see how this week goes."

The Giants' interest in Leach might indicate their concern about Henry Hynoski, who underwent surgery to repair his MCL and a chip fracture to the lateral plateau. Hynoski said he hoped to be ready by the start of the season.

There's no doubting how good Leach, a Pro Bowl fullback, is. He would be a fantastic addition, especially if Hynoski has to start the season on PUP. But Leach likely will cost the Giants more than just a cheap, one-year minimum deal -- and the Giants don't have much cap space. The reported favorite for Leach is Miami.

At the moment, the Giants are trying Bear Pascoe at fullback until Hynoski is recovered.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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