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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%: 100/92 | Average Draft Position: 54.88
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Victor Cruz leads the way


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz may not have reached the end zone Thursday, but he still played a big role.

Cruz led the Giants with 108 receiving yards during the contest. He was Eli Manning's big play threat, as three of his receptions resulted in at least 20 yard gains. Cruz was targeted 10 times, which tied for the most among all receivers. The team opted to go to the tight ends in the red zone, meaning Cruz had to take a backseat to some other players.

Cruz will look for more Week 5 against the Falcons. 


Receivers could go against the norm Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2014) Generally speaking, skill positions players are hard to rely on when facing Thursday night matchups. Through three weeks, only one player has topped 100 yards receiving on Thursday this season, compared to 29 in 45 other games. That pattern continued last season, as only 10 of the league's 208 100-yard receiving performances came during the 17 Thursday games a year ago.

That being said, this Thursday's game has all of the makings of an outlier, as the Redskins and Giants look set for a shootout. Neither team boasts a particularly strong pass defense, with both ranking among the league's seven worst in yards per attempt allowed. That is why you will find Pierre Garcon and Victor Cruz ranked among the top-15 at wide receiver in both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard's rankings for Week 4.

Cruz has enjoyed solid success against Washington in his career, averaging 71.8 yards per game in five matchups. Garcon was mostly held in check in two games against the Giants a year ago, hauling in 15 combined passes for just 117 yards, but Fantasy owners have to consider him a must-start option after the rapport he showed with new starter Kirk Cousins a week ago. Especially with DeSean Jackson's availability in question with a shoulder injury. 

If Jackson plays, he could be a nice option, as he shrugged off the shoulder injury with five receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown last week. Rueben Randle just might find himself the odd-man-out this week, however, and is more of a flex start. 


Victor Cruz nets his first touchdown in 13 games


by Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
(9/21/2014) For at least one week, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz silenced his critics. The fifth-year receiver, who was plagued by drops in his first two games, posted a team-best 107 receiving yards in a 30-17 win Week 3 vs. Houston.

Cruz got off to a very promising start, as his first catch late in the first quarter went for 61 yards. Cruz took a slant pass and ran past a few defenders before finally being dragged down at the Texans' 15-yard line. 

Cruz then really put in work to get his first touchdown of the season and put the Giants up 7-0 in the second quarter. Cruz caught a short pass from Eli Manning, stopped on a dime, made a defender miss and then outran another defender to the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown with 3:21 left before halftime. It was his first touchdown in 13 games.

Cruz, who has 18 career 100-yard games (including playoffs), finished with five catches on six targets. The Giants are back in action Thursday at Washington.


Victor Cruz not a trustworthy Week 3 receiver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/18/2014) Victor Cruz asked for and received more targets (10) in Week 2 against the Cardinals and he responded with another mediocre stat line of five catches for 60 yards, including three dropped passes.

He now has just seven catches for 84 yards this season and we're still waiting for our first salsa dance.

The Texans were beat up by James Jones last week at Oakland when he had nine catches for 112 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets, and Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson combined for 18 catches and 139 yards against Houston in Week 1.

But until Cruz starts to play like the receiver we know and love it's hard to trust him as anything more than a No. 3 receiver in deeper leagues.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.


Tom Coughlin wants more from Victor Cruz


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he expects better play from receiver Victor Cruz, who had three drops in the Week 2 loss to the Cardinals. "He agreed with me and he's working toward doing something about that," Coughlin said of his meeting with Cruz.

The Giants host Houston on Sunday. Cruz has seven catches for 84 yards this season and has not scored a touchdown in 12 straight games.


Victor Cruz now without a touchdown in 12 straight games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had more of an impact on offense Week 2 against the Cardinals after a disappointing two-catch, 24-yard outing in the season opener. However, he still left some plays on the field during a 25-14 loss Sunday.

Cruz was pretty non-existent in the passing game early Week 2. His first intended pass on the opening drive was intercepted, and he didn't get his first catch until there was less than 4 minutes left in the second half. But he would have three catches on his team's final drive before halftime.

Cruz was targeted a team-high 10 times Sunday, included six in the second half. He was even targeted on a 26-yard pass into the end zone, but he didn't get a chance to make the play as Patrick Peterson was called for pass interference, which set up a 1-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Fells.

Unfortunately, Cruz had three unofficial drops in the second half, which could have resulted in three first-down catches had he made the plays. He finished with five catches for 60 yards, which included a long reception of 27 yards.

Cruz's scoreless streak has reached 12 games dating back to last season. The Giants are back in action Week 3 against Houston. 


Victor Cruz says he needs more opportunities


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Giants receiver Victor Cruz was not involved in the offense early in Monday's 35-14 loss to the Lions. He finished with six targets, catching two passes for 24 yards.

"In order for us to be successful, I think there needs to be an increased number of targets in my direction," Cruz told the New York Daily News.


Victor Cruz does little in Week 1 defeat


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz wasn't much of a factor in a Week 1 loss to the Lions at Ford Field.

Cruz was held without a target in the first quarter and finished the first half with one catch for 4 yards and two targets. He came down with a 20-yard grab in traffic in the third quarter for his only reception of the second half. He was targeted six times and finished with two catches for 24 yards in a 35-14 defeat.

Cruz will be seeking more looks come Week 2 at home against Arizona. 415 of his 998 receiving yards came at home last season. He hasn't scored at MetLife Stadium since Week 17 of the 2012 season.

Victor Cruz hoping to benefit from new fast-paced offense


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Giants receiver Victor Cruz may work well with the team's new fast-paced West Coast offense. He'll get a chance to put that to the test Monday night against the Lions.

Cruz cracked the 100-yard mark just four times last season. In a Week 16 meeting last season, he was limited to two catches for 25 yards and seven targets. Although Eli Manning showed some struggles with the new offense in the preseason, Cruz is his go-to target. Outside of Rueben Randle, Manning doesn't have much else to work with the aerial attack.

Wide receivers against the Lions averaged 26.88 Fantasy points per game in standard CBSSports.com leagues, which was second-to-last in the league, only ahead of Philadelphia.

The matchup shouldn't be incredibly difficult for Cruz, and you certainly didn't draft him to have him on your bench for Week 1. He should be viewed as a solid starting option in the majority of Fantasy formats against the Lions.

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.