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New York Giants’ news, 12/7: “Straight” talk between Victor Cruz, Ben McAdoo

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Wide receiver, coach meet, and more headlines

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Victor Cruz with Antonio Brown before last Sunday’s game against the Steelers.
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Good morning, New York Giants fans! Let’s check your Wednesday morning headlines as Sunday’s showdown with the Dallas Cowboys creeps closer.

Cruz, McAdoo have “honest conversation”

After not being targeted in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a frustrated Victor Cruz said he intended to speak with coach Ben McAdoo about his role in the offense. At McAdoo’s invitation, that meeting took place Tuesday.

“We had an honest conversation between both of us. He laid it to me straight and I gave him my thoughts as well and I think it was productive and it ended well. It was a conversation that I guess needed to be had and we had it and we can turn the page and move on,” Cruz said. “It was just two guys trying to problem solve. There was no anger, there was nothing back and forth. It was just two guys trying to figure it out and try and continue how to make this team and this receiving corps as productive as possible.”

Eli: Giants “humbled” by loss

Quarterback Eli Manning expects his team to bounce back after being “humbled” by the Steelers.

“I think the attitude is good. Guys know that we didn’t play our best. We left some plays out there. Pittsburgh did a good job. You have to understand that that’s football. You’re going to have days where you’re not at your best and you’re going to lose some. You’re going to get humbled. It’s just about coming back to work, having a great attitude and having our mindset on what we have to do this week to beat Dallas,” Manning said.

“I think football is a humbling game. You’re riding a six-game winning streak and you’re feeling good. Obviously, you get beat and you get brought back down. You get that sick feeling that comes with losses. It can’t get you down and you can’t start moping around. You still have to have a great attitude and get ready for this next week. Understand that we can’t let one tough game lead to another. We have to bounce back quickly and understand the importance of this next game.

Jonathan Casillas: “No one is JPP”

The Giants are going to be without defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul Sunday due to his groin injury. Defensive captain Jonathan Casillas knows the Giants will miss Pierre-Paul, who has been dominant in recent weeks.

“Guys have to step up. We have Kerry Wynn, he has played a lot of football here. Romeo (Okwara) and (Owa) Odighizuwa. I don’t know his health, but we have guys behind him that I believe are going to do a really good job. But no one is JPP. No one is Jason Pierre-Paul. No one can really do the things that he can do for us or for anybody, so it is going to be different things that might have to do. I don’t know what that is quite yet, but his presence will be missed out there.

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