“I feel like we have the talent to get the job done,” Cruz said. “We’ll be there and we’ll be ready.”
Meanwhile, defensive end Osi Umenyiora will not play Sunday. Umenyiora, recovering from knee surgery, had hoped to return for the critical game against the Eagles. Rookie cornerback Prince Amukamara, recovering from a broken foot, was also declared out.
Center David Baas (lower leg), tight end Travis Beckum (hamstring) and defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy (knee) are probable. Defensive end Justin Tuck did not practice due to a death in his family, but he is expected to play Sunday.
Eagles QB Michael Vick is listed on their injury chart as questionable after suffering a concussion, but Coughlin expects Vick to play. After practice in Philadelphia on Friday, Vick pronounced himself ready.
“I think you have to plan to face him, because he’s practicing,” Coughlin said.
Second-year defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is ready to face the elusive Vick.
“He’s going to be pretty vulnerable (after the head injury), so we’re going to go after him,” Pierre-Paul said. “We know we’ve had a lot of success in the past against him. We’re going to dominate the line and continue to get after him. If it takes all 11 of us, we’ll get him. I’d rather him stay in the pocket against us than run.
“If he stays in the pocket, he’s in trouble.”