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Victor Cruz | Wide Receiver

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 204
College: Massachusetts
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Giants GM Jerry Reese admitted he's "gotta prepare as if 'What if Victor [Cruz] doesn't come back?'" after Cruz suffered a torn right patellar tendon in October.
"That’s always in the back of your head," Reese continued. "What if this guy doesn’t come back and be the player that we think he is?" The injury Cruz suffered is more serious than a torn ACL and has derailed past careers. It'll be especially tough for Cruz because he relies on suddenness and change-of-direction so much as a slot receiver. Cruz recently progressed to running on a treadmill. Wed, Dec 31, 2014 09:18:00 AM

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Victor Cruz (knee) has resumed running on a treadmill.

It's major progress as Cruz is just two months removed from a torn right patellar tendon. His goal is to be ready for 2015 training camp. That's no lock, but a three-wide set of Cruz in the slot and Odell Beckham/Rueben Randle would give defensive coordinators nightmares.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 11:28:00 AM

Giants placed WR Victor Cruz on injured reserve with a torn right patellar tendon, ending his season.

Cruz is facing a daunting recovery from an injury that's usually more serious than a torn ACL. Provided he progresses without setbacks, however, he should be ready for next year's training camp. The question is if he'll be the same player. Going on 28, Cruz is signed through 2018. His $6.15 million 2015 salary isn't guaranteed, but he should be back with the G-Men on the same deal.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 05:36:00 PM

Victor Cruz's knee injury is considered more serious than an ACL tear.

Cruz ruptured his right patellar tendon against the Eagles Sunday night. It's a rare injury, one that the Daily News says "could rob him of what makes him truly dangerous: his explosive change-of-direction ability." Cruz is tentatively expected back for 2015 training camp, but effectiveness is going to be a major question mark for the slot man that desperately needs his quicks.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 08:55:00 AM

Speaking Monday, Giants coach Tom Coughlin confirmed Victor Cruz (torn patellar tendon) needs season-ending surgery.

This was obvious to anyone watching Sunday night's game, of course. Cruz will be placed on injured reserve some time this week. In season two of a six-year, $45.879 million deal, Cruz is tentatively expected to be ready for next summer's camp.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 02:58:00 PM

Victor Cruz was carted off with a torn patellar tendon in Sunday night's game against the Eagles.

Cruz suffered the knee injury while dropping a two-yard touchdown in the back of the end-zone. It's terrible news for the Giants, as Cruz's season is almost certainly over. Cruz had just two catches for 16 yards prior to going down. He'll finish 2014 with a 23/337/1 line over six games. Odell Beckham will now start opposite Rueben Randle, with Preston Parker playing the slot in three-wide sets.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 10:30:00 PM

Victor Cruz caught 3-of-6 targets for 22 yards in the Giants' Week 5 win over the Falcons.

The Giants spread the ball around behind target leader Rueben Randle, who finished with 10 targets while Cruz ranked second with six. Cruz has been up and down through the season's first five weeks, but he will be worth firing up against the Eagles' leaky secondary in Week 6. He's a WR2/3 in fantasy.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 04:15:00 PM

Victor Cruz caught 6-of-10 targets for 108 yards in New York's Week 4 win over the Redskins.

One of Cruz's missed connections was a brutal third-down drop on the Giants' opening series, but he was much better thereafter. Cruz was taking short passes and making people miss. The 100-yard effort was his second straight after a ragged Weeks 1-2. Along with the rest of the Giants' offense, Cruz has awakened as new OC Ben McAdoo's system starts to click. He'll be a high-end WR2 against the Falcons' shaky defense in Week 5.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 12:12:00 AM

Victor Cruz caught five passes for 107 yards and one touchdown in the Giants' Week 3 win over the Texans.

After a drop-filled first two weeks, Cruz reeled in 5-of-6 targets. He worked mostly against CB Kareem Jackson. Cruz took a quick slant upfield for a 61-yard gain in the first half, but was caught from behind around the 15-yard line. He later found the end zone on a post pattern from 26 yards out. Cruz stopped on a dime, changed direction, and exploded toward the end zone for the score. The Giants' passing game has found a bit of a rhythm the past two weeks. They'll look to continue it Thursday against the Redskins. Cruz is a solid WR2/3.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 05:35:00 PM

Victor Cruz managed to secure just 5-of-10 targets for 60 yards in the Giants' Week 2 loss to the Cardinals.

He's up to five drops on the season after letting three more bounce off his hands versus Arizona. Cruz had two drops in the season opener. Not utilized on as many high-percentage routes as expected in the Giants' revised offense, Cruz has settled in as a fantasy WR3. Larry Donnell has passed him as Eli Manning's most trusted pass catcher. The Giants face the Texans next.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 04:10:00 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger's Jordan Raanan expects Victor Cruz to have a "big game" this week against the Cardinals.

Raanan went through a "start 'em or sit 'em" with the Giants' skill players, suggesting only to start Cruz, Rashad Jennings, and Larry Donnell in fantasy leagues for Week 2. Cruz openly called for more targets after he saw just six balls come his way in Week 1. Eli Manning may just force-feed Cruz this week. He could see a lot of Patrick Peterson, but if Peterson doesn't shadow Cruz, then he'll likely see plenty of Arizona slot CB Jerraud Powers. Cruz is a WR2/3.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 11:31:00 AM

Victor Cruz is calling for more targets after seeing only six in the Giants' season opener.

Cruz didn't play well -- he dropped two balls -- but he's right in that the Giants' passing game is a lock to struggle as long as Larry Donnell and Jerrel Jernigan are their featured "weapons" over Cruz and Reuben Randle. "I think in order for us to be successful, there needs to be an increased number of targets in my direction," Cruz said. "And in other playmakers’ directions. Just like Rueben Randle as well, in my opinion. But that all comes with the continuity, that comes with getting the running game going, that comes with building what we want to build as the game continues."
Wed, Sep 10, 2014 09:06:00 AM

Victor Cruz caught 2-of-6 targets for 24 yards in the Giants' Week 1 loss to the Lions on Monday night.

Cruz didn't see his first target until there were under two minutes left in the first half. After an awful preseason, the Giants' first-team offense carried its struggles over into Week 1. Owners were burned by Cruz in 2013, and the nightmare continues into 2014. We like Cruz to eventually turn it around, but he needs Eli Manning to step up his play. There's concern Eli just isn't good anymore.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 11:17:00 PM

Victor Cruz caught 4-of-7 targets for 61 yards in Friday's preseason game.

The catches were his first of the preseason. Cruz did his job for an offense that looked extremely shaky for large chunks of the first half, and has for most of August. Despite the problems around him, however, Cruz should soak up targets and receptions for an offense that wants to be more quick-hitting this season. He's a WR2.
Fri, Aug 22, 2014 10:15:00 PM

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.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 10:32:00 AM