Victor Cruz on WRs: Give me Steelers' Brown, Tide's Cooper
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Apparently, Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown has more admirers in high places than Jerry Rice.
It was Brown, you might remember, whom Rice last year cited as the game’s top receiver when we tracked down the Hall of Famer on the Talk of Fame Network. And now it’s New York Giants’ wide receiver Victor Cruz who's joined the chorus, with Cruz saying Brown would be the first NFL wideout he’d choose – outside of anyone on the Giants, of course – if he had to play GM.
“There are so many good receivers out there,” he said on this weekend's program, wrestling with the question.” Obviously, you’ve got guys that had great years … like Antonio Brown … who are super quick, super explosive, super fast (and) that do things after the catch that are quite remarkable; that are second to none. So, if I had to choose a guy, I’d go with Antonio Brown.”
In fairness to Cruz, who is recovering from a torn patellar tendon, he gushed about teammate Odell Beckham, Jr. and the prospects of teaming with him this season. But Beckham wasn't on the board. Nobody with the Giants was. So Cruz had to choose from among 31 teams.
And he didn't disappoint. In fact, he didn’t stop with Brown … mostly because we didn’t let him. We asked him to name the best wideout in this year’s draft, too, and he delivered there, too -- even though he pleaded with us not to make him play GM again.
Except we did.
“If I had to pick it would have to be Amari Cooper,” he said. “I’ve been watching him a lot. He’s just got all the tools. You can really see he’s able to carry the workload and do some things. He’s very explosive and does some good things after the catch, as well. You can just see his natural ability to play football and do some positive things. So, if I was a GM and had to pick a receiver first, I would pick Cooper.”