Cruz has been able to run routes and cut on his surgically-repaired knee, but he did not participate in team drills Wednesday. Cruz missed the final 10 games of the 2014 season after he tore his patellar tendon.
"We got [to cutting]," Cruz said. "We started running some intermediate routes on air and stuff like that. It's feeling good. It's feeling good so far. I think I'm 75-80 percent right now. It's just a matter of building it."
Cruz missed the final 10 games of the season after he tore his patellar tendon. He previously said he intends to be ready for Week 1, but he said he still needs to build up confidence his knee.
"More running on air, continuing to build on that foundation, continuing to build more mental confidence on my knee and what it can do and take it from there," Cruz said.
Cruz tore his patellar tendon in week six of the 2014 season, causing him to miss the rest of the year, and has been undergoing intense rehab to get back on the field. Cruz said he will be ready for Week 1, but Reese said the team is taking things slowly to avoid any potential setbacks.
"There's zero doubts that I'll be playing in that first game," he said.
Cruz is attempting to comeback from a surgically-repaired knee and general manger Jerry Reese said the team is pleased with Cruz's progress.
"He looked good, he's running pretty good, right now and he's scheduled to be back ready for the opener for us," Reese said. "But until you get out there and turn it loose, you never know what a guy is going to do. But he looks great right now."
Cruz added that he intends to return to the same player he was before he suffered the knee injury.
"I do feel like I can continue to be the same guy that I was before," he said.
During his rehab, Cruz has been able to do some straight-line running, but has not been cutting on his knee, reports The Record.
"[This rehab] is definitely is one of the most difficult things I've had to go through in my life," Cruz said. "Still currently going through it. It's not easy to come back from something like this and to work every day."
Despite the grueling nature of the rehab, Cruz is optimistic he will make a full recovery from a torn patellar tendon in his right knee.
"I think the mental aspect was early and then it'll be late," Cruz said. "Early meaning when it first happened, thinking you probably won't be able to even run again, and 'late' when you are able to run and jump and mentally being able to connect to your knee, saying that you can do all these things and not being afraid to do it. I think that's both sides of it."
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