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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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Beat writer Jordan Raanan says Victor Cruz (knee) looks "solid" so far at camp.
Cruz doesn't look "quite as shifty and explosive," but that's to be expected as he's just 10 months removed from a nasty patellar tendon tear. His ability to go to the ground on his knee, make catches and pop back up is encouraging. For now, Cruz appears to be on track for Week 1. Aug 3 - 8:55 AM

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Victor Cruz (knee) has avoided the PUP list to begin training camp, but will be "eased in."

Cruz has made surprisingly-fast progress since tearing his patellar tendon last Week 6, and is tentatively expected to play in the preseason. He should be ready to go for Week 1. With Odell Beckham established as one of the best wideouts in the NFL, Cruz is no longer a WR1/2, but checks in as an upside WR3.
Jul 30 - 5:04 PM

Giants CB Prince Amukamara raved about Victor Cruz (knee) after the duo worked out together recently.

"I'm telling you, this guy looked fab... I'm telling you. Remember that I said this. This guy looks faster now than he did before," Amukamara said. "I was just looking at him and was like, 'Man, how is this possible?'" Of course, Amukamara is Cruz's teammate and friend, and he's also a very optimistic guy. We're still passing on Cruz in fantasy drafts as he comes off a devastating patellar tear.
Jul 28 - 9:50 AM

Victor Cruz (patellar tear) is expected to play in the preseason.

Cruz expects to be fully healthy by late July. Reports on his rehab continue to be positive, giving him a chance to avoid active/PUP for the start of training camp. The Giants plan to play Cruz in at least one preseason game.
Jul 8 - 4:46 PM

Victor Cruz (patellar tear) believes he'll be ready for the start of training camp.

"From the training staff, the coaches and the front office people, I think everyone’s under the assumption that I’ll be ready to go," Cruz said on Sirius XM NFL Radio. "I don’t think PUP will be an option." Cruz's comments echo those made by coach Tom Coughlin last month. Although we'd still consider the PUP list a real possibility for Cruz to begin camp, it's beginning to appear more and more likely that he'll be ready for Week 1.
Jul 7 - 4:30 PM

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

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

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