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Victor Cruz | Wide Receiver

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 204
College: Massachusetts
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Victor Cruz says there's no reason to panic about the Giants' lackluster offensive showing this preseason.
"We have not shown a lot," Cruz said. "We haven’t given a lot of plays or tipped our hand on a lot of things that we have shown yet. It is still pretty base stuff. We just have to do a better job of executing." Cruz hasn't caught a single pass through three preseason games and dropped a deep ball over the weekend. Rueben Randle has one catch for 12 yards. The only receiver making any noise is UDFA Corey Washington, who has three scores. We still like Cruz as a high-volume pass catcher in OC Ben McAdoo's scheme that should fit Cruz well. Aug 19 - 10:32 AM

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Date:'s Jordan Raanan believes "100 receptions is a real possibility" for Victor Cruz in new OC Ben McAdoo's offense.

Raanan confirms Cruz is "playing the role of Randall Cobb" in ex-Packers assistant McAdoo's system, "and being moved all over the field." The Giants do not have a starting-caliber tight end, and outside receivers Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham are both relatively unproven. Cruz projects as a high-volume receiver, giving him a bump in PPR leagues. His ADP is the early fourth round.
Jul 26 - 1:07 PM

Victor Cruz said the new Giants' offense is "definitely a little bit more pass happy than the offense we've had in the past."

Packers product Ben McAdoo has installed an up-tempo, spread, quick-hitting West Coast scheme that Cruz fits like a glove. "It enhances my skills," he said. "Anytime a receiver can get the ball in his hands quicker, it's beneficial." Cruz will play the Randall Cobb slot role and has set 100 catches as a goal. Cobb had 80 receptions across 15 games as a 22-year-old NFL sophomore in 2012.
Jul 23 - 10:17 AM

Giants GM Jerry Reese said Victor Cruz is strictly an inside receiver.

Despite the addition of 5'11/198 Odell Beckham on Thursday night, Cruz is going to stick in the high-upside Randall Cobb role in new OC Ben McAdoo's offense. Reese went on to say Beckham is strictly an outside receiver, where he'll line up across from fellow outside receiver Rueben Randle in the three-wide sets McAdoo will use as a base. Jerrel Jernigan will be the fourth receiver.

Victor Cruz (knee) reiterated at last week's workouts that he's 100 percent healed and a full-go.

Cruz underwent a knee scope on Dec. 19, causing him to sit out the final two games of the season. It's no longer a concern. Cruz, still just 27 years old, will be a prime bounce-back candidate in 2014 as he plays the Randall Cobb role in new OC Ben McAdoo's offense.
Apr 28 - 8:20 AM

Victor Cruz says he has already fully recovered from his December 19 knee scope.

Cruz resumed weightlifting a week and a half ago, and will be running routes full speed by the end of March. The Giants have since hired ex-Packers QBs coach Ben McAdoo as offensive coordinator. "I do see myself as a Randall Cobb," said Cruz. "Hopefully I can sneak in that backfield for a couple plays. ... But we’ll see. I’m excited to be all over the field this year."
Mar 3 - 2:18 PM

Victor Cruz said Friday that the rehab from his December 19 knee scope is "going extremely well."

Cruz remains on track with his two-month recovery timetable and expects to be cleared in time for OTAs. He's signed for $4 million in 2014 and will return as the Giants' top receiver.
Jan 24 - 5:41 PM

Victor Cruz says the Giants' receivers had a "disconnect" with Eli Manning this season.

"I want to make it a point to get with Eli a little bit more, get with our quarterbacks a little bit more and get the receiving corps together as much as we can to kind of build that more," Cruz said. Both Cruz and Hakeem Nicks missed a chunk of the offseason due to contract disputes and/or injury. Cruz finished an underwhelming season with 998 yards and four touchdowns, while Eli's tossed 26 picks.
Sat, Dec 28, 2013 10:31:00 AM

Victor Cruz anticipates a 1 1/2-2 month rehab period following his December 19 knee scope.

Coach Tom Coughlin has confirmed Cruz will likely be ready for the Giants' offseason program, and Cruz reiterated as much on Friday. "I expect to be fully healthy and getting after it during OTAs," said Cruz. Cruz is signed for $4 million in 2014 and will return as New York's top wide receiver.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 01:28:00 PM

Giants coach Tom Coughlin confirmed he expects Victor Cruz (knee) to be ready for the team's offseason program.

Cruz underwent arthroscopic surgery on Thursday, but the procedure was minor enough that he shouldn't have any issues getting cleared for offseason workouts and is on track to participate in the Giants' late-spring minicamp. Rueben Randle will replace Cruz in the starting lineup for the final two games of the regular season, with Jerrel Jernigan playing in the slot.
Sat, Dec 21, 2013 03:01:00 PM

Victor Cruz underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday, and is done for the season.

The G-Men are officially deeming the operation an "arthroscopic debridement." As far as surgeries go, it's minor. Cruz should be ready well ahead of the Giants' offseason program. He finishes 2013 with 73 catches for 998 yards and four touchdowns. Rueben Randle is starting in his place against the Lions. Randle is a high-risk, high-reward WR3 for the fantasy finals. Randle will line up opposite Hakeem Nicks on the outside, with Jerrel Jernigan manning Cruz's place in the slot.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 03:30:00 PM

Victor Cruz (knee, concussion) has been ruled out for Week 16.

Cruz is getting a second opinion on his knee. He appears to have at least a moderate sprain. Cruz is extremely unlikely to return for Week 17, meaning he'll finish 2013 with 73 catches for 998 yards and four touchdowns. At worst, Cruz will be a high-end WR3 for 2014. His status will depend on what kind of changes the G-Men make to their moribund offense.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 02:54:00 PM

Victor Cruz is getting a second opinion on his sprained knee, and the Giants could have "further news" on his status later Thursday.

It sounds like Cruz is dealing with at least a moderate sprain, and is highly unlikely to take the field in Week 16 or 17. He can be dropped in re-draft leagues. Cruz's status will be updated later Thursday.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 01:42:00 PM

Victor Cruz (knee, concussion) is not practicing again Thursday, as expected.

We'd expect the Giants to formally rule Cruz out of Week 16 (and possibly Week 17 as well) shortly. Not only is he not cleared from his concussion, but his knee is a problem as well. Rueben Randle is going to be an every-down player against the Lions Sunday, with Jerrel Jernigan coming into the slot for three-wide sets.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 12:43:00 PM

Victor Cruz (knee, concussion) is not practicing Wednesday, as expected.

Coach Tom Coughlin conceded that Cruz's knee would be keeping him out even if it wasn't for his concussion. He's almost certainly out of Week 16 and appears unlikely to return for the season finale as well. That leaves explosive second-year man Rueben Randle as an every-down player in a plus matchup at Detroit Sunday. Randle has just 102 career targets, but he's turned those into 56 catches, 869 yards and nine touchdowns.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 11:12:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
3Curtis Painter
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3Peyton Hillis
4Michael Cox
5Kendall Gaskins
GLB1Andre Williams
2Rashad Jennings
3RB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
FB1Henry Hynoski
2John Conner
WR11Victor Cruz
2Jerrel Jernigan
3Marcus Harris
4Trindon Holliday
5Preston Parker
WR21Rueben Randle
2Odell Beckham
3Corey Washington
4Mario Manningham
5Julian Talley
WR31Odell Beckham
TE1Larry Donnell
2Adrien Robinson
3Daniel Fells
4Kellen Davis
5Jerome Cunningham
K1Josh Brown
2Brandon McManus