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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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Coach Tom Coughlin said the Giants expect Victor Cruz (patellar tear) to avoid active/PUP to start training camp.
In other words, the Giants think Cruz will be ready to participate from Day 1 of camp. It also means they couldn't stash him on reserve/PUP to start the year -- a move that would rule him out of the first six weeks. Cruz claims he'll be "somewhere around 100 percent" by late July or early August. The fact that the Giants have joined him in his optimism bodes well. Jun 18 - 12:31 PM

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Victor Cruz (patellar tear) said he "should be somewhere around 100 percent" by "late July, early August."

If that's true, Cruz would have completed one of the most remarkable recoveries from a patellar tear in NFL history. He has been spotted doing some sprints on the sidelines during OTAs, a sign he's had no setbacks whatsoever. The Giants' first preseason game is August 14.
Jun 18 - 8:12 AM

Victor Cruz (patellar tear) said he's "about 80 percent there" with his rehab.

"I think it's just a matter of continuing to build the strength for the last leg of it," Cruz said Wednesday. "I’ve been running some routes for about two weeks now, and there’s been no pain, no swelling or anything like that, which are all good signs." It's a very optimistic take from Cruz, as we'd expect from a guy going through rehab. We'll have to wait until training camp to see if his optimism is warranted as he comes off one of the most serious injuries a player can have.
May 28 - 8:12 AM

Victor Cruz (knee) said he’s still on track for Week 1.

Cruz has been setback-free to this point in his rehab. He’s progressed to running routes and expects to be ready for training camp, though he remains a candidate to start out on active/PUP. Cruz said he was 75 percent healthy earlier this month.
May 27 - 4:23 PM

Cowboys RB Ryan Williams issued a warning about coming back from a patellar tendon tear.

Williams tore his patellar with the Cardinals in 2011 and was never the same. "Growing up I thought that the worst injury you could have is the ACL," he said. "Nah, when you tear that patellar tendon and your kneecap shifts to your thigh, that's something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy." It's a nugget to file away as we inevitably read glowing reports from the Giants all summer on Victor Cruz's rehab.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 18 - 9:44 AM

The Giants remain confident Victor Cruz (knee surgery) will be ready Week 1.

Cruz recently took the next step in his rehab from a torn patellar tendon and has started cutting on the knee and running routes against air (no defenders). He estimated he's at about 75-80 percent. Admittedly, he doesn't expect to do much -- nothing -- at OTAs or minicamp, though training camp seems within reach.
May 13 - 8:53 AM

Victor Cruz (patellar tendon) says he's 75-80 percent healthy.

It's notable because GM Jerry Reese recently called Cruz 85-90 percent, and players are typically over-optimistic about their return timelines. Cruz could very well begin camp on the PUP list. As Cruz is at risk of returning as a shell of his former self, early drafters shouldn't be spending more than a late-round flier.
May 12 - 7:03 PM

Speaking in a Monday radio interview, Giants GM Jerry Reese estimated Victor Cruz (patellar tendon) is 85-90 percent done with his rehab.

The G-Men have declined to attach an exact date to Cruz's return, but continue to project cautious optimism. Cruz has a real chance at being ready for the start of camp, but even if he's close to 100 percent, the G-Men may exercise caution and start him out on the active/PUP list.
May 4 - 2:20 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
3Ricky Stanzi
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Shane Vereen
3Andre Williams
4Orleans Darkwa
5Akeem Hunt
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Rashad Jennings
FB1Henry Hynoski
2Nikita Whitlock
WR11Odell Beckham
2Victor Cruz
3Corey Washington
4Marcus Harris
5Julian Talley
WR21Rueben Randle
2Dwayne Harris
3Preston Parker
4Geremy Davis
5Juron Criner
WR31Victor Cruz
TE1Larry Donnell
2Daniel Fells
3Adrien Robinson
4Jerome Cunningham
5Matt LaCosse
K1Josh Brown
2Chris Boswell