Asked by NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders whether he smiles when he looks at the Patriots' secondary, Cruz laughed and noted, "A little."
Pushed further, Cruz noted, "You know, you're watching film and just naturally, when you see that one of their defensive backs is a wide receiver, and he's going to be potentially covering you, you automatically just get excited. You understand that's not his natural position and you want to do your best to exploit that. As a receiver and as a competitor in general, when you see a matchup you think you can exploit, you want to take advantage of it."
During a 24-20 regular season win against the Patriots on Nov. 6, Cruz notched six catches for 91 yards.