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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 said Victor Cruz (patellar tendon) is tentatively on track for Week 1.
Reese sounded more hopeful than anything, saying Cruz "looks good" but adding "I don't think you can have certainty" on how well he'll recover. It's simply too early in the rehab process to have a realistic timeline and performance projection for Cruz. He has not begun cutting. The Giants can afford to take it slow with Cruz as Odell Beckham and Rueben Randle are ready to rock. Dwayne Harris was added in free agency. For what it's worth, Cruz said Thursday he has "zero doubts" he'll be active Week 1. Apr 23 - 11:38 AM

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Victor Cruz (patellar tendon) attended Eli Manning's workouts at Duke University, but with very little participation.

It's not a surprise with Cruz recovering from one of football's most severe injuries. Eli says the group has "taken it easy" on Cruz, who only recently began running on flat ground, and isn't yet pushing it at full speed. "He was able to spot up with some things, kind of light jogging. I didn't want him to push anything or do anything that would have any setbacks," said Manning. "So just catching passes and hearing plays called and thinking about what he has to run." It sounds like Cruz's "participation" essentially amounted to "mental reps."
Apr 20 - 4:04 PM

ESPN New York reports the Giants don't know whether Victor Cruz will recover from his torn patellar tendon.

Cruz is just over six months removed from surgery. He was recently cleared to run on flat ground, and hasn’t had any setbacks. Cruz is targeting the start of training camp for his return, but that’s far from a given. The Giants are concerned Cruz may never regain his pre-injury form.
Apr 15 - 4:43 PM

Victor Cruz (knee surgery) recently began running on flat ground.

Cruz continues to say he wants to be ready for full contact when training camp opens in July. That's probably very optimistic, as the Giants will likely take it extremely slow with Cruz thanks to their solid depth out wide. Cruz admits he's still trying to build up the muscles around his knee because of all the atrophy.
Apr 10 - 11:00 AM

The Giants can save $6.1 million against the cap by cutting Victor Cruz next offseason.

Dumping a franchise favorite like Cruz would have been unthinkable a couple years ago, but a lot has changed. Odell Beckham is now the no-doubt No. 1 receiver, Cruz is rehabbing a brutal patellar tear and his production was sharply declining even before the injury. Cruz may end up having to restructure if he can't return to 2011-12 form soon.
Apr 9 - 9:34 AM

NJ.com considers Victor Cruz's 2015 production off a patellar tendon tear a "crapshoot."

Cruz is five months removed from surgery and he's "nowhere near" ready for football action. The Giants hope to be able to ease him in at training camp in August, but that's far from a given. And even once Cruz does get back, the concern is that he won't have the short-area quicks that made him so effective in the slot. Patellar tears are far rarer and more difficult to overcome than ACL tears.
Source: NJ.com
Mar 26 - 8:43 AM

Coach Tom Coughlin suggested Victor Cruz (patellar tendon) could miss the start of the season.

Coughlin said the "goal" is for Cruz to be ready Week 1, but "if it doesn't happen, we just went through that" with Odell Beckham last year. (Beckham didn't play until October.) Patellar tendon tears require extremely long rehabs and are tougher to come back from than ACL injuries. With the Giants stocked at receiver with OBJ, Rueben Randle, Corey Washington, and Dwayne Harris, they could take it slow with Cruz. There's a chance he could begin the season on reserve/PUP.
Mar 25 - 11:34 AM

Victor Cruz (patellar tendon) expects to be cleared for training camp.

Five months removed from knee surgery, Cruz has resumed a running program. His recovery has been setback-free, but Cruz should be considered questionable for the start of camp. Cruz's effectiveness in the slot coming off a major injury remains a concern going into the season. GM Jerry Reese has suggested Cruz won't be counted on for the same impact he made prior to 2014.
Mar 4 - 4:24 PM

Giants GM Jerry Reese indicated at the Combine that Victor Cruz won't be counted on for the same impact he made before his 2014 patellar tendon tear.

Patellar tendon tears are one of the worst kinds of knee injuries, far more significant than a torn ACL. Per Reese, Cruz "looks good" so far in his rehab, but "you can't put all your eggs in that basket." Odell Beckham has already taken over as New York's No. 1 wideout. Cruz will return as a complementary piece, fighting Larry Donnell and Rueben Randle for targets.
Feb 21 - 11:24 AM

Victor Cruz (patellar tendon) is expected to resume running "very shortly."

Cruz tore up the knee last October. It sounds like his recovery has been setback-free to this point. As a player whose game relies on speed and agility, it's fair to wonder how much Cruz will have left after such a severe knee injury. Patellar tendon tears are seen as worse injuries than torn ACLs.
Feb 19 - 1:59 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
3Ricky Stanzi
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Shane Vereen
3Andre Williams
4Chris Ogbonnaya
5Orleans Darkwa
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Rashad Jennings
FB1Henry Hynoski
2Nikita Whitlock
WR11Odell Beckham
2Rueben Randle
3Corey Washington
4Kevin Ogletree
5Marcus Harris
WR21Victor Cruz
2Dwayne Harris
3Preston Parker
4Juron Criner
WR31Rueben Randle
TE1Larry Donnell
2Daniel Fells
3Adrien Robinson
4Jerome Cunningham
K1Josh Brown
2Chris Boswell