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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 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. Sep 14 - 4:10 PM

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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.
Sep 12 - 11:31 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."
Sep 10 - 9:06 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.
Sep 8 - 11:17 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.
Aug 22 - 10:15 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.
Aug 19 - 10:32 AM

NJ.com'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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3Peyton Hillis
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3RB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
FB1Henry Hynoski
WR11Victor Cruz
2Preston Parker
3Julian Talley
WR21Rueben Randle
2Odell Beckham
3Corey Washington
WR31Preston Parker
TE1Larry Donnell
2Daniel Fells
3Adrien Robinson
K1Josh Brown