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Victor Cruz | Wide Receiver | #80

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 204
College: Massachusetts
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Victor Cruz caught 3-of-3 targets for 70 yards in the Giants' Week 3 loss to the Redskins.
Cruz is firmly re-established as part of the Giants' offensive attack, but looks like the No. 3 receiver behind Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard. Perhaps he will end up compiling enough for PPR value, but his road to standard-league relevance remains dicey. Sep 25 - 6:38 PM

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Victor Cruz played 74-of-79 snaps Week 2 against the Saints.

He managed 91 yards on eight targets and set the Giants up for the win with a big catch late in the fourth quarter. Cruz's health will always be a question mark after two lost seasons, but he is healthy now and a big part of the offense. He needs to be added in all formats.
Sep 19 - 9:22 AM

Victor Cruz hauled in four-of-eight targets for 91 yards Sunday in the Giants' Week 2 win over the Saints.

It looked like Cruz was headed for the end zone after pulling in a 40-yard catch in the second quarter but he squandered that opportunity by fumbling at the end of the play. He redeemed himself in the fourth by making a terrific catch in traffic against Ken Crawley. That set the Giants up with first-and-goal at the one-yard line. We entered the year with low expectations for Cruz but it looks like the 29-year-old still has something left in the tank. Still available in more than half of season-long leagues, Cruz figures to be a popular waiver pickup ahead of next week's game against the Redskins.
Sep 18 - 4:44 PM

Victor Cruz caught 4-of-4 targets for 34 yards and a touchdown in New York's Week 1 win over the Giants.

Cruz ran a patient route on his nine-yard, fourth quarter touchdown, waiting for the defensive backs to commit before streaking into the end zone unmolested. Surprisingly, Cruz did not salsa. Cruz himself has admitted he isn't trying to reinvent the wheel in his return from a nearly two-year absence, but he did not look like a broken-down player today. He could be an asset between Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard. For now, we're not expecting it to translate to standard league value.
Sep 11 - 8:01 PM

Victor Cruz said he is not trying to do "astronomical things" in his return from two lost seasons.

It will have been 700 days since the last time Cruz played in a regular season game when he steps on the field Sunday, so he is understandably trying to keep his expectations in check. "Just go out there, catch everything that comes my way, run good routes, be sharp, understand what you have and your route running is," Cruz said, "and just take it from there and let your ability or innate what you do take over." The No. 3 option at best in the passing game, Cruz is not worth using even against the Cowboys.
Source: ESPN
Sep 10 - 11:29 AM

Victor Cruz will play in the Giants' preseason finale on Thursday night.

After Cruz sat out almost two years, the Giants understandably want to knock some more of the rust off the former star receiver. He is expected to play 8-10 snaps. Rookie Sterling Shepard will also get some work, but Eli Manning and Odell Beckham will be held out.
Source: ESPN
Sep 1 - 10:36 AM

Victor Cruz caught 1-of-2 targets for four yards in Saturday's preseason game.

Making his first live appearance in nearly two years, Cruz was completely invisible, though it was far from all his fault. Cruz was open on his first target, but Eli Manning was wildly off target. Cruz finally got his grab against the Jets' second-team defense after the break. The first team had Manning on his heels all evening. The only real takeaway is that Cruz seemed to cut into Sterling Shepard's snaps, though it probably had something to do with the fact that the Giants needed to see what they have in their damaged-goods slot man. Cruz remains off the re-draft radar for Week 1.
Aug 27 - 10:12 PM

Victor Cruz (groin) is practicing fully on Tuesday.

Coach Ben McAdoo said the goal is for Cruz to play Saturday against the Jets. If he can, it would be his first game action in almost two years. As always, we will believe Cruz is able to play when we see him on the field.
Aug 23 - 11:18 AM

Victor Cruz (groin) will not play in the second preseason game Saturday.

He will do some work before the game, and the plan is for him to return to practice Monday. If all goes well, he could see time in the dress rehearsal next week, although all has rarely gone well for Cruz in the last two years.
Aug 20 - 2:10 PM

Victor Cruz (groin) will travel for the Giants' preseason game on Saturday.

So will Eli Apple (knee) and Justin Pugh (shoulder). Cruz wasn't on the field for Friday's 55-minute speed practice and remains a long shot to suit up Saturday in Buffalo. It's been one injury after another for Cruz, who has now gone 22 months since his last NFL appearance. If Cruz's absence extends into the regular season, it could open up slot snaps for special teams ace Dwayne Harris.
Aug 19 - 2:05 PM

Giants GM Jerry Reese said the team is "still not giving up on" Victor Cruz (groin).

Despite not giving up, Reese did not sound particularly optimistic, saying, "Hopefully, he’ll make it back." Cruz aggravated his groin injury when he attempted to return to practice Sunday and is now unlikely to play in the second preseason game. Reese certainly recognizes any contributions from Cruz this season will be a bonus.
Aug 16 - 9:45 AM

Victor Cruz (groin) was working with a trainer to the side of Monday's practice.

Cruz attempted a return to practice Sunday, but he aggravated his groin injury. Now he is back on the sidelines and in danger of missing his 32nd consecutive game. The Giants play the Bills on Saturday.
Aug 15 - 11:01 AM

Giants coach Ben McAdoo said after Sunday's practice that Victor Cruz's balky groin is "still bothering him."

Although Cruz was reported to have "returned to practice" on Sunday, he actually participated in only four practice reps and didn't catch a single pass. As beat writer Jordan Raanan notes, Cruz's "legs just aren't cooperating right now." The Giants also lost Geremy Davis to a hamstring injury recently. Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard are unchallenged atop the depth chart. Anything the G-Men get from Cruz this season would be a bonus.
Aug 14 - 2:21 PM

Victor Cruz (groin) returned to practice on Sunday.

He hadn't practiced since tweaking his groin on Tuesday. Cruz didn't participate in 1-on-1 drills but returned for 7-on-7s. Cruz wound up only taking four reps and didn't have a catch in Sunday's session. Expectations should be basement-low for Cruz this year after missing most of the last two seasons with knee and calf issues. The Giants shouldn't be counting on him, either.
Aug 14 - 12:34 PM

Giants coach Ben McAdoo said he is hopeful Victor Cruz (groin) will practice Sunday.

Cruz has not practiced since Tuesday because of a "tight groin" and missed the preseason opener Friday night. Normally this type of injury would not be a big deal, but Cruz has now sat out 31 consecutive preseason and regular season games. It sounds like that streak could come to an end next week, but the Giants cannot trust Cruz to stay healthy for the entire season.
Aug 13 - 9:16 AM

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Skill Players
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
3Josh Johnson
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Shane Vereen
3Orleans Darkwa
4Bobby Rainey
5Paul Perkins
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Orleans Darkwa
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Rashad Jennings
WR11Odell Beckham
2Dwayne Harris
3Tavarres King
WR21Sterling Shepard
2Victor Cruz
WR31Victor Cruz
TE1Larry Donnell
2Will Tye
3Jerell Adams
LT1Ereck Flowers
2Will Beatty
LG1Justin Pugh
C1Weston Richburg
2Brett Jones
RG1John Jerry
RT1Marshall Newhouse
2Michael Ola
3Bobby Hart
4Laurence Gibson
K1Josh Brown