Victor Cruz avoids PUP list, set to practice Friday

If and when Cruz returns to the fold, his role in the offense isn’t guaranteed. Beckham has easily supplanted him as the top receiver on the team and early whispers on second-round draft pick Sterling Shepard are more than encouraging. After nearly two seasons out of action, it’s fair to question whether we will ever see the agile and enthusiastic Cruz that inspired New Yorkers from all walks of life to take up salsa dancing.

All the Giants can ask is that Cruz returns to the sidelines in at least some capacity, and without a pathetic preseason pool party.

Paintball is terrible.

I don’t get it. What kind of dystopian post-human wasteland do we live in when we derive pleasure from running around in the woods trying to shoot our friends with guns? I like my friends. I rather go to a baseball game.

The whole culture is pervasive, too. I actually got sucked into a paintball expedition in Staten Island during my own bachelor party weekend … and you know what was the best part of the afternoon? When we got back on the bus and headed back to Manhattan so I could start drinking again.

And, oh, by the way … have you ever been shot by a paintball? No, I don’t mean the shot that hits the part of your arm protected by three layers of sweatshirt. I’m talking a clean pop on an exposed calf or hand. Maybe the dreaded windpipe shot. That s–t hurts like hell. Never again.

Washington’s first-round pick Josh Doctson told reporters Thursday that he is set to test out a sore Achilles’ tendon, but he hasn’t run in a month. Doctson could have a hard time getting healthy in time to earn snaps at a crowded position.

Presumptive Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel suffered a setback in his return from a foot injury. Arizona is dangerously thin at the position, especially with Tyrann Mathieu saying he’s at least three weeks away from returning to the field.

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