Roddy White's comments are no big deal to Victor Cruz.
One day after the Falcons receiver said that the Giants' breakout receiver could be in for a "rude awakening" as teams will make more of an effort to gameplan for him next year, the Giants receiver was indifferent about White's words.
"I actually didn't hear him say that but I don't feel any way about it," Cruz said. "He can say whatever he wants to say, that's cool."
White learned first-hand about exploding into the national scene, recording just 952 receiving yards in his first two seasons then exploding for 1,202 yards in 2007. Since then, he has had at least 1,000 yards in each season and has been Atlanta's No. 1 wide receiver.
The talented receiver saw what it's like to become a main target for defenses, the focal point of his comment about Cruz possibly being in line for a "rude awakening." The receiver also praised Cruz for his efforts this year, saying he's a big fan, according to reports.
"Any time you put out those kinds of numbers, he’s going to be in for a really good pay day, but he deserves it," White said, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. "Any guy that goes out there and puts up 1,500 yards, that’s remarkable. That’s one of the nicest seasons you can have so I think the Giants should pay him."
Cruz, who finished third in the NFL in receiving yards this past season, said that he has been seeing double teams recently, including against Dallas. The Cowboys showed formations against the Giants where they double teamed all three receivers, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.
"Moving forward, teams have been making more of an effort to put a defender in my area and knocking me off some routes and stuff like that," Cruz said. "It's going to be exciting, we'll see how they play on Sunday."
Quarterback Eli Manning has noticed some teams defending Cruz differently.
"Some teams kind of are doubling him, driving him with a DB and a safety," Manning said. "Some teams are going to play him a little differently. I don't know if that's what Atlanta will do, if that's their style. Some teams have been making sure they keep two guys over him."
The receiver said he has no problems when teams talk of challenging him or if they target him because of his salsa dance, which has been done by an opposing player at least three times this season, as recently as Sunday. He said that as long as his team is winning, teams could say whatever they want about him.
Cruz added that the Giants have a strong pulse as they get ready to host White and the Falcons on Sunday at 1 p.m. at MetLife Stadium.
"We're fired up. We're ready to play," Cruz said. "We understand that it's going to be a great atmosphere for Giants fans and for ourselves and we're coming in there and going to be ready to play."