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80 Victor Cruz WR
Height/Weight: 6-0/204 | Birthdate: 11/11/1986 | Birthplace: Paterson, NJ, USA | Team: New York | College: Massachusetts | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 100/79 | Average Draft Position: 54.34
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Victor Cruz aiming for 100 catches in 'pass-happy' offense


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Giants receiver Victor Cruz believes he can catch 100 passes in Ben McAdoo's version of the West Coast offense. The scheme features a lot of quick, short throws; that should benefit Cruz, who usually lines up in the slot.

"If there is any offense to do it in, it’s definitely this one," he told the New York Daily News. "It’s definitely a little bit more pass happy than the offense we’ve had in the past. I think I’m a guy that’s capable, so hopefully we can get that done hopefully. Obviously, that comes with wins and all that good stuff."

Cruz caught a career-high 86 passes in 2012.


Victor Cruz growing into leadership role


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Giants receiver Victor Cruz is coming off a disappointing season in which he caught zero touchdown passes after September. But receivers coach Sean Ryan said Cruz, 27, hasn't lost a thing and has in fact become a team leader.

"He's got that same skill set," Ryan told ESPN.com. "He's an explosive player. His change of direction is excellent. I think he's gotten rid of, in my opinion, some concentration drops he had early in his career. I don't see as many of those. And from a leadership standpoint, he's really stepped to the forefront in terms of being vocal and being a leader on and off the field in that position."

Ryan admires the way Cruz approaches his job, saying the receiver's rapid rise didn't change him.

"For the kind of quick ascent he's had, none of that has ever gone to his head or to his work ethic," Ryan said. "He's the same guy he was the day he walked in here in terms of working hard and being down to earth and wanting to be a complete football player. You've got to respect that."


Addition of Odell Beckham changes Giants' receiving corps


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) The Giants view rookie receiver Odell Beckham as a contributor right away, reports ESPN.

"He's a dynamic receiver, dynamic punt returner and a dynamic kickoff returner," general manager Jerry Reese said. "You're getting a guy that can score touchdowns in three different ways for you. There's no way we would pass him up."

Beckham is expected to replace the departed Hakeem Nicks, and his addition allows the Giants to keep Victor Cruz as a slot receiver with Beckham and Rueben Randle playing outside.

"We're talking about the quarterback needing help, and this guy is a weapon," Reese said of Eli Manning and Co. "We need a weapon on the outside. Victor is more of an inside receiver. Victor can't play on the outside. We have Rueben Randle, Jerrel Jernigan and we got Mario Manningham back, so we're trying to get the quarterback some weapons. You need weapons in this league. We think this guy is a weapon."


Giants replace Hakeem Nicks with Odell Beckham Jr.


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/8/2014) The Giants needed a replacement for Hakeem Nicks, and apparently they weren't sold on Rueben Randle as a starter. So they drafted receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from LSU at No. 12 overall.

Beckham has the chance to start right away, and he will help Eli Manning, who is coming off a down year in 2013. The Giants have a new offensive coordinator in Ben McAdoo, and you can expect to see a lot of three-receiver sets with Victor Cruz, Beckham and Randle.

We hope this will help the Giants make some plays down the field, and Beckham is considered a good route runner, who had 143 catches for 2,340 yards and 12 touchdowns in college.

We like Beckham with a late-round flier in re-draft Fantasy Football leagues, and he's likely a second-round pick in rookie-only formats. Randle now also drops from a potential mid-round pick to a late-round selection in the majority of leagues.


Victor Cruz not sold on Rueben Randle?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Giants receiver Victor Cruz doesn't sound certain Rueben Randle can ably replace Hakeem Nicks. In an interview with NFL Network, Cruz suggested the Giants take a receiver at No. 12 overall in the draft because the team "definitely" needs help at the position.

"A (big-play receiver) is something we need in this offense to be successful," Cruz said. "An outside guy that can do the job and that can help fuel all the other receivers in the locker room and put some fire up under them to get them where they have to be."

Cruz hopes the G-Men take Mike Evans, a 6-5 receiver out of Texas A&M.


Victor Cruz wants to be used like Randall Cobb


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Giants receiver Victor Cruz hopes new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, who came over from the Packers, uses him like Green Bay's Randall Cobb, reports the New York Daily News.

“I do see myself as a Randall Cobb,” Cruz told the paper. “Hopefully I can sneak in that backfield for a couple plays. I don’t know how effective that will be. But we’ll definitely see where it takes us. ... I’m excited to be all over the field this year.”

Cruz has one career carry for three yards.


Victor Cruz: My knee is 100 percent


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Giants receiver Victor Cruz said his knee is 100 percent, with no swelling or soreness, reports the New York Daily News. He had surgery in December to fix a bruised MCL. Cruz should be ready for OTAs.

Victor Cruz says he wants Hakeem Nicks back


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/13/2014) Victor Cruz said he "selfishly" wants Hakeem Nicks to stay with the Giants. 

Speaking at a fundraiser, Cruz told the Newark Star-Ledger that Nicks could be too expensive for the Giants to retain but if the stars aligned, he'd love to have him back. In fact, he's told Nicks exactly that. 

"I have (asked him to stay)," Cruz said. "Selfishly, I would love for him to stay."

The paper made a note that Cruz was double-teamed more often this year because of Nicks' ineffective play. Nicks had a hard time separating from defensive backs and couldn't win jump balls. Nicks also had a hard time around the end zone as he went without scoring a touchdown all season. 


Victor Cruz likes new coordinator's up-tempo approach


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) New Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo promises the team will play with a fast tempo, and that's music to the ears of receiver Victor Cruz.

“I’m for all [going] up-tempo, getting a lot of catches, making a lot of plays,” Cruz told the New York Post. “That’s what I want to do — that’s kind of right up my alley. I’m excited to hear that, and I’m excited to get in there and learn the offense and get it going.”


Giants' hiring of McAdoo could make passing game re-emerge


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(1/16/2014) The Giants' hiring of Bob McAdoo as offensive coordinator signals a big change in how the offense will operate. ESPN's Dan Graziano had a great breakdown of what to expect from the new scheme in New York. 

McAdoo is expected to run a West Coast offense with zone-read principles. It means fewer deep passes and a more controlled, methodical approach but it also means letting your key receivers make plays after the quarterback goes through his reads quickly. That should pop open the door for Victor Cruz to be a factor again, make Rueben Randle a decent regular in the offense and potentially make Jerrel Jernigan a key contributor (this is assuming Hakeem Nicks isn't back with the team). All of that, in turn, would help prop up Eli Manning's stats.

It's something to watch this offseason as pretty much every Giants player will wind up being a sleeper in drafts this summer. 

 


Victor Cruz off crutches already


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2014) Giants receiver Victor Cruz, who underwent surgery late last month to fix a bruised MCL, said he's off crutches and doing weight training, reports The Star-Ledger. Cruz said he has no doubt he'll be ready for OTAs in the spring.

Giants inactives Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Giants have made DE Jason Pierre-Paul, WR Victor Cruz, TE Adrien Robinson, G Brandon Mosley, QB Ryan Nassib, OL Eric Herman and LB Allen Bradford inactive Week 17.

Pierre-Paul is dealing with a shoulder injury, and did not practice all week. Cruz has been held out with a knee issue. 


Five Giants ruled out Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Giants WR Victor Cruz, S Cooper Taylor, OL Brandon Mosley, DE Jason Pierre-Paul and TE Adrien Robinson have been ruled out Week 17.

All five of the players have not participated in practice throughout the week. Cruz had surgery on his knee, so his status shouldn't come as a surprise. 


Victor Cruz had bruised MCL


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had surgery last week to repair a bruised MCL.

An MRI revealed that the knee needed to be cleaned up, which is why Cruz underwent surgery. He's able to walk around with a sleeve on the knee, and doesn't require crutches. He expects to be ready for action in 6-8 weeks, and should be good to go for OTAs. He said he wants to get an early jump on 2014 since he missed time in 2013.


Victor Cruz, Jason Pierre-Paul among New York's inactives


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Wide receiver Victor Cruz (knee, concussion) and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) were among the Giants' inactives for Week 16 at Detroit. Other players listed inactive for New York were: Ryan Nassib, Cooper Taylor, Peyton Hillis, Allen Bradford and David Diehl.

Four Giants ruled out Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul, WR Victor Cruz, RB Peyton Hillis and S Cooper Taylor have been ruled out Week 16 against the Lions.

Cruz had a procedure on his knee, and has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Pierre-Paul has missed three games due to a shoulder injury.


Victor Cruz has procedure on knee


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

Cruz got a second opinion on his knee Thursday, and was ruled out for Week 16. Cruz will miss the rest of the season due to the injury. He'll rehab during the offseason.


Victor Cruz ruled out for Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has been ruled out for Week 16.

Cruz is dealing with knee and concussion issues, and wasn't expected to play this week. He had a second opinion on his knee Thursday, and could be shut down for the season based on what that exam revealed.


Victor Cruz had second opinion on knee


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had a second opinion on his knee.

The team is expecting more news later in the day. Cruz is dealing with both a concussion and knee injury this week, and it was looking unlikely he would play. Depending on the results of the second opinion, Cruz could miss more time.


Victor Cruz expected to miss Week 16


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2013) Giants receiver Victor Cruz, who's dealing with a concussion and a sprained knee, is not expected to play Sunday at Detroit, reports ESPN.com. Cruz did not practice Wednesday as he went through the league-mandated concussion protocol.

His backup, Jerrell Jernigan, also did not practice due to a knee injury. On Tuesday the Giants promoted wideout Julian Talley from the practice squad "due to the numbers problem at that position," the report said. 


No update yet on status of Victor Cruz


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) Giants coach Tom Coughlin did not have an update Monday on the status of wide receiver Victor Cruz, who left Sunday's game vs. Seattle due to a concussion and knee sprain. The Giants travel to Detroit Week 16.

Victor Cruz exits game with multiple injuries


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz left Sunday's game vs. Seattle in the second half due to a concussion and knee sprain. Cruz suffered both injuries on a play late in the third quarter. 

Cruz went up for a 16-yard catch on 3rd-and-8 and was slammed hard into the turf by a Seattle defender. Cruz was slow to get up and stayed down on the field for a few minutes before walking off gingerly under his own power. Cruz was evaluated on the bench before heading to the locker room. He was ruled out for the rest of the game early in the fourth quarter.

As for the 16-yard catch, Seattle challenged the play and it was eventually overturned after the refs ruled Cruz dropped the catch after being slammed to the turf. The reception put Cruz over 1,000 receiving yards for a third straight season, but he's now at 998 after managing just two catches for 25 yards before leaving the game Week 15. 

The Giants' next opponent will be Detroit in Week 16.


Victor Cruz ready to break out the salsa dance again?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) Do you remember the last time Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz scored a touchdown? If you are having trouble, don't worry. It's been a long time.

In fact, Cruz heads into Week 15 vs. Seattle without doing his famous salsa-dance touchdown celebration since Week 4 against the Chiefs. Will Sunday finally put an end to Cruz's horrendous scoring slump? Fantasy owners can only hope so.

Though, as you can imagine, wide receivers haven't had outstanding numbers against a very good Seattle defense. Wide receivers average just 110.2 receiving yards and 14.7 Fantasy points per week, which is the second-lowest average. Wide receivers have also totaled just eight touchdowns in 13 games and only five wide receivers have tallied at least 10 Fantasy points.

Cruz was playing up to his potential very early in the season, but he's been quite disappointing over the last nine games. Besides failing to score a touchdown, he's surpassed 100 yards just once in that span. 

Due to his struggles and tough matchup Week 15, no one would blame you for viewing Cruz as more of a No. 3 Fantasy receiver or flex option.


Victor Cruz held in check vs. Chargers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was not at his best as he was held under 50 receiving yards for the third time in his last five games during Sunday's loss to the Chargers in Week 14.

Cruz caught passes for 4, 5, 8, 11 and 14 yards. He finished the game with five receptions for 42 yards (8.4 yards per reception) on six targets in a 37-14 defeat. He has not caught a touchdown pass since Week 4 against the Chiefs.

The Giants will host Seattle in Week 15.

Victor Cruz hasn't scored since Week 4


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/5/2013) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is on the cusp of a third-consecutive 1,000 yard season (he has 931 receiving yards through 12 games), but has been a maddening Fantasy option throughout the season.

Cruz scored three touchdowns in Week 1 and another in Week 4, but has failed to reach the end zone (officially) since. He has gotten close on several occasions -- and his 10 red zone targets are 25th among wide receivers -- but Cruz has managed double-digit Fantasy points (in standard leagues) just once since Week 4. His reception totals have been all over the place since that Week 4 game, ranging from two to eight. And this has all been against wide receiver-friendly defenses -- in his last six games, Cruz has faced four teams in the bottom six of receiving yards allowed. The other two ranked 21st and 24th. 

The Chargers, Cruz's opponent in Week 14, rank 28th against the pass. They've also given up the fourth-most Fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, and have allowed six touchdowns to the position in the last four games. 

If you believe that Cruz is due (much like Eric Decker broke out in Week 13), he makes for an excellent start. But while Cruz is good for yardage, he's having trouble finding the end zone this season. He's still worth a start in most formats, but Cruz does come with some risk attached.