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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 (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

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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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

Victor Cruz said he is "not worried about" his groin injury.

Cruz said he "felt good" when he woke up on Wednesday. While this sounds like a minor injury, it is another setback for a player who has not played in a game since October of 2014. Cruz will almost certainly sit out the preseason opener on Friday night.
Aug 11 - 11:15 AM

ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan believes Victor Cruz would be cut if roster spots were awarded "based on merit."

Raanan says there's a "90 percent" chance this would be the case, as Geremy Davis, Tavarres King, Roger Lewis, and Darius Powe have all made more plays than Cruz in camp. Lewis and Powe are undrafted free agent rookies. Cruz is not expected to play in the preseason opener due to a "tight groin." The Giants will open the season with one of the NFL's thinnest receiver corps.
Aug 10 - 8:54 PM

Victor Cruz could miss Friday's preseason opener with a "tight groin."

Cruz is never going to be able to stay healthy again. We'll try to limit his updates to truly relevant information instead of a daily blow-by-blow.
Aug 9 - 1:29 PM

ESPN New York reports Victor Cruz's "true explosion and speed" have yet to return.

It's not surprising for a player going on 30 who's missed nearly two straight years of live action. Cruz is being worked in slowly to camp. In a best-case scenario, Cruz will open the year as the Giants' slot receiver between Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard.
Aug 4 - 8:05 PM

Giants coach Ben McAdoo said Victor Cruz is "on schedule."

Cruz practiced for the second-straight day on Saturday. Normally that would not be considered an accomplishment, but it is a good sign for a player who has not played a snap since October of 2014. No matter his health, Cruz looks like he will remain behind rookie Sterling Shepard on the depth chart.
Source: ESPN
Jul 30 - 1:21 PM

Victor Cruz was a full participant as the Giants opened training camp on Friday.

He began camp working with the twos behind Sterling Shepard, who is a starter in two-receiver sets opposite Odell Beckham. Cruz is the favorite for third receiver duties. The Giants are primarily a three-wide team, so Cruz could end up with plenty of run should he stay healthy in an otherwise thin receiver corps.
Jul 29 - 11:50 AM

The New York Daily News's Ralph Vacchiano would put a "healthy bet" on Victor Cruz catching fewer than 50 passes this season.

It's a reminder that even with Cruz (knee, calf) back to 100 percent, we can't assume he's going to be the player he was two years ago before all the injuries. Cruz has played all of 1.5 games with Odell Beckham since OBJ came into the league, and over all the missed time Beckham has since developed into the league's top receiver. Sterling Shepard was drafted to be the No. 2, and new coach Ben McAdoo is expected to feature the backs and tight ends more in the pass game. Cruz isn't even worth drafting in regular-sized fantasy leagues.
Jul 26 - 10:36 PM

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
3Logan Thomas
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Shane Vereen
3Andre Williams
4Paul Perkins
5Bobby Rainey
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Rashad Jennings
FB1Nikita Whitlock
2Will Johnson
WR11Odell Beckham
2Dwayne Harris
3Geremy Davis
4Roger Lewis
5Darius Powe
WR21Sterling Shepard
2Victor Cruz
3Tavarres King
4Myles White
5Kadron Boone
WR31Victor Cruz
TE1Larry Donnell
2Will Tye
3Matt LaCosse
4Jerell Adams
5Ryan Malleck
LT1Ereck Flowers
2Emmett Cleary
3Byron Stingily
LG1Justin Pugh
2Adam Gettis
C1Weston Richburg
2Shane McDermott
3Brett Jones
4Dillon Farrell
RG1John Jerry
2Ryan Seymour
RT1Marshall Newhouse
2Bobby Hart
3Jake Rodgers
K1Josh Brown
2Randy Bullock