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Victor Cruz, 08.18.12

Q: Between this year and last year, what is the one word that would describe your second time around?

A: Confidence. I’m out there and I’m a little bit more confident. I understand this offense a lot better and I’m able to work within the offense as opposed to thinking about my routes, thinking about plays, I’m more comfortable. Once I hear the play I know what I have to do and I just take it from there.

Q: Are you disappointed that you didn’t finish the way you wanted?

A: Initially, when the ones were on the field, we wanted to cap off our drives with touchdowns. That’s what our offense is supposed to do. We got down there, we put our offense in a position to score and our field goal team put up some points for us, but we want to finish those drives with some offensive points.

Q: Anything special about playing these guys?

A: I guess so. At the end of the day it’s another preseason game, another opportunity for us to get better. Another opportunity for some of the young guys to show the coaches what they can do. There’s nothing more than that. You know it’s the Jets. You know it’s your in-house and state rivals, but at the end of the day, it’s another preseason game.

Re: being targeted seven times in the first quarter and five catches.

A: I guess it was just a matter of me trying to be open. At the end of the day it’s my job to get open and Eli was finding me on a couple of plays where I was open. I was able to catch the ball and make a few things happen. I was excited for it. It felt good to get the ball a couple of times, make some moves, move the chains once or twice. I’m excited about it.