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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: 6 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 94.88
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Giants WR Victor Cruz still struggling with calf ailment


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2015) The calf injury that has slowed the comeback of Giants standout wideout Victor Cruz has become a major concern, according to the New York Daily News.

Cruz, who is coming off knee surgery, has not been cleared to practice this week. It remains to be seen if his availability for the start of the regular season is threatened.

He has been sidelined since Aug. 17 and has yet to play in a preseason game. He appears unlikely to participate in the exhibition finale Thursday night at New England.


Giants WR Victor Cruz won't play in Saturday's preseason game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2015) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Jets, coach Tom Coughlin said Thursday.

Coughlin said earlier in the week it was a possibility the veteran receiver would miss the entire preseason schedule. Cruz was progressing coming off a major knee injury he sustained last season before suffering a calf injury in training camp.


Giants' Coughlin: Victor Cruz could miss entire preseason schedule


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2015) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz remains day to day with a calf injury, coach Tom Coughlin said Tuesday.

Coughlin added the veteran receiver, who is coming off a major knee injury, could play in Saturday's preseason game against the Jets. However, Coughlin also indicated Cruz could miss the entire preseason slate of games.

"It's great (if he plays), but if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen," Coughlin said.

Cruz said Tuesday he feels he is still on track to be ready by the season opener against the Cowboys.


Giants WR Victor Cruz says knee is 100 percent


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2015) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said he has fully recovered from the knee injury which prematurely ended his 2014 season, reports NFL.com.

"I feel good. The knee is 100 percent," Cruz said. "[Sunday] was probably my most physically enduring practice, in terms of limitations. You know they have been keeping me down to a number of plays per day. [Sunday] was my most."

Cruz was held out of the first preseason game and the team has not ruled him out for other preseason action.

"Not necessarily," coach Tom Coughlin said when asked if Cruz would appear in a preseason game. "He has to do things gradually, and he's doing them gradually. He's getting to where he needs to be, and his mindset is outstanding. We brought him to the [preseason opener at Cincinnati] for a reason. We put him into the workout in Cincinnati for a reason. He didn't get a chance to play in the game, but he saw it. He was in it. He was involved. He was mentally involved, and he's looking forward to going to the next step."


Giants to hold Victor Cruz out of preseason opener


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2015) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will not play in the team's preseason opener Friday at Cincinnati, the team announced Wednesday.

Cruz is working his way back from a torn patellar tendon, which ended his 2014 season after six games. He has been practicing with the team during training camp.


Giants WR Victor Cruz believes he'll be back in action for camp


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) Giants standout receiver Victor Cruz believes he can avoid starting the season on the PUP list despite continuing to deal with his recovery from a patellar tendon tear.

"The plan is to be ready for training camp and I feel good," he told SiriusXM NFL Radio.

Placing Cruz on the PUP list would give the Giants roster flexibility if he is not ready by training camp. If he lands on the regular-season PUP list, he would be forced to miss the first six games.

Cruz has experienced weakened production every year since his breakout season of 2011. But he was limited to just six games in 2014.


Giants WR Victor Cruz on rehab: Make or break moment


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will overcome a lot of adversity as he continues to recover from a torn patellar tendon, he acknowledged as much according to NFL.com.

"I knew I wanted that. I kept thinking, 'This is going to be big for me,'" Cruz said, per NFL.com. "Either it's going to make me, or it's going to break me."

Cruz played in six games last season before injuring his knee. He caight 23 passes for 337 yards and a touchdown before going down.


Giants don't expect to place Victor Cruz on PUP list


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) As Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz continues to progress from a severe knee injury, coach Tom Coughlin said Thursday he does not expect to place Cruz on the physically unable to perform list when training camp opens, reports the New York Post.

Cruz is recovering from knee surgery he underwent last season and he recently said he could pass the team's conditioning test if needed.

"The way I feel right now is right where I want to be..." Cruz said, per the New York Daily News. "I'm in a good place to move on to the next step."


Giants' Victor Cruz at 81 percent, can pass conditioning test


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz gave an update on his recovery from the knee surgery that ended last season early. 

After saying last month that he was at 80 percent, Cruz declared himself to be "81 percent" on Tuesday, per the New York Post

While he's still not fully recovered, he's ready to return to the field. Cruz said that he was capable of passing the team's running and conditioning test, given at the start of training camp. 


Victor Cruz running routes at Giants' OTAs


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is not participating in drills at the team's OTAs, as he continues to recover from the torn patellar tendon that ended last season. 

Cruz is working one-on-one with a strength and conditioning coach at practice, however. On Tuesday, Cruz was able to run routes and catch passes from the assistant, per NFL.com.


Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) remains on schedule


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said Wednesday his injured knee is about 80 percent healed and he remains on schedule to play in Week 1, reports the New York Post.

Cruz has been able to run routes and cut on his surgically-repaired knee, but he did not participate in team drills Wednesday. Cruz missed the final 10 games of the 2014 season after he tore his patellar tendon.


Giants WR Victor Cruz begins cutting on his knee


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz continues to make progress from knee surgery after beginning to make cuts on his surgically-repaired knee, reports NJ.com.

"We got [to cutting]," Cruz said. "We started running some intermediate routes on air and stuff like that. It's feeling good. It's feeling good so far. I think I'm 75-80 percent right now. It's just a matter of building it."

Cruz missed the final 10 games of the season after he tore his patellar tendon. He previously said he intends to be ready for Week 1, but he said he still needs to build up confidence his knee.

"More running on air, continuing to build on that foundation, continuing to build more mental confidence on my knee and what it can do and take it from there," Cruz said.


GM: Giants WR Victor Cruz at '85-90 percent'


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Giants general manager Jerry Reese said that star wide receiver Victor Cruz was at "85, close to 90 percent" as he attempts to get back on the field after a devastating knee injury, per the team's website. 

Cruz tore his patellar tendon in week six of the 2014 season, causing him to miss the rest of the year, and has been undergoing intense rehab to get back on the field. Cruz said he will be ready for Week 1, but Reese said the team is taking things slowly to avoid any potential setbacks. 


Giants WR Victor Cruz has no doubts he'll be ready for season opener


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is confident he'll be healthy enough to play in the team's season opener, reports NFL.com.

"There's zero doubts that I'll be playing in that first game," he said.

Cruz is attempting to comeback from a surgically-repaired knee and general manger Jerry Reese said the team is pleased with Cruz's progress.

"He looked good, he's running pretty good, right now and he's scheduled to be back ready for the opener for us," Reese said. "But until you get out there and turn it loose, you never know what a guy is going to do. But he looks great right now."

Cruz added that he intends to return to the same player he was before he suffered the knee injury.

"I do feel like I can continue to be the same guy that I was before," he said.

During his rehab, Cruz has been able to do some straight-line running, but has not been cutting on his knee, reports The Record


Giants' Victor Cruz calls knee rehab one of most difficult things in his life


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Although Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is making progress from his surgically-repaired knee, he said the rehab has been difficult to deal with, reports the New York Daily News.

"[This rehab] is definitely is one of the most difficult things I've had to go through in my life," Cruz said. "Still currently going through it. It's not easy to come back from something like this and to work every day."

Despite the grueling nature of the rehab, Cruz is optimistic he will make a full recovery from a torn patellar tendon in his right knee.

"I think the mental aspect was early and then it'll be late," Cruz said. "Early meaning when it first happened, thinking you probably won't be able to even run again, and 'late' when you are able to run and jump and mentally being able to connect to your knee, saying that you can do all these things and not being afraid to do it. I think that's both sides of it."


Giants WR Victor Cruz progresses to running on field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has progressed from light running on an anti-gravity machine to jogging on the field, according to NJ.com. Cruz, who is coming back from a torn patellar tendon in his right knee, posted a picture on his Instagram account of him jogging at the Giants practice facility Thursday.

Giants won't rush WR Victor Cruz back to the field


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Although Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is hopeful that wide receiver Victor Cruz will be ready by training camp, the team will not rush him back, reports ESPN.

"I shouldn't say this, because medically I really don't have a definite answer, but by training camp hopefully, even if it's just to bring him," Coughlin said. "We're not going to just throw him to the wind. He'll work his way through. But I hope that would be the target."

Cruz tore his patellar tendon in week six of the 2014 season, causing him to miss the rest of the year. Coughlin is hopeful that he'll return to be the player that he was before the injury.

"I think he'll be the player that he was, and hopefully better," Coughlin said of Cruz. "But as far as when, I would be careful of what I would say there. Hopefully it's the first game. But if it isn't, you know we've done that one before. We just went through it. But I'm hoping it would be."

The former undrafted free agent has tallied 264 receptions for 3,963 yards and 24 touchdowns.


Giants' Coughlin: WR Victor Cruz looks 'really good'


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is encouraged that wide receiver Victor Cruz can return to form, according to the NY Daily News. Cruz suffered a torn patellar tendon that forced him to miss 10 games last season.

“I think he will be back to the player that he was and hopefully better. Victor looks really good, he’s starting to run, I was in the field house watching him rehab, he’s coming along well.” … As for when Cruz will be back at practice, full-time, Coughlin added, “I don’t know. I shouldn’t say this, because medically I really do not have a definite answer, but by training camp, hopefully. He will work his way through.”

Through his five years in the NFL, Cruz has 264 receptions for 3,963 yards and 24 touchdowns.


No timetable on return for Giants WR Victor Cruz


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Although Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is cautiously optimistic about the return of wide receiver Victor Cruz, he seems to be lowering his expectations, according to the New York Post.

“I think he’ll be the player that he was, and hopefully better,” Coughlin said during the NFC coaches’ breakfast at the Arizona Biltmore. “But as far as when, I would be careful. Hopefully, it’s the first [regular-season] game. But if it isn’t, we’ve done that before. We just went through it.”

Cruz suffered a nasty patellar tendon injury in 2014. Coughlin liked what he saw in last week's workout for the wideout, stating that he hopes to have Cruz available at the start of training camp. But they won't rush him back.

“You’re not just going to throw him to the wind,” Coughlin said. “He’ll work his way through.”

The 28-year-old was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Over his five-year career, he has tallied 264 receptions for 3,963 yards and 24 touchdowns.


Coughlin: Victor Cruz 'looks good, light, and just started running'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/25/2015) Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the goal for receiver Victor Cruz is to participate in training camp and be ready for the season opener, reports the New York Post. Cruz "looks good, light and just started running," Coughlin said.

Cruz is coming back from a torn patella tendon suffered last October.


Giants WR Victor Cruz 'very confident' he can return to form


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/4/2015) Giants receiver Victor Cruz, who tore his patella tendon last October, told the New York Post his knee is "feeling better every day." He has begun running on a machine that allows him to use partial body weight, the paper said.

"I just want to get back out there and get back to 100 percent," Cruz said. "I’m very confident I can get back to where I was.”

Cruz said he understands GM Jerry Reese's recent comment that the team can't count on Cruz regaining his Pro Bowl form. He knows he has a lot to prove.

“I’m extremely anxious to run for real and make those cuts you need to make when you’re healthy,” Cruz said. “I’m a competitor and want to start that process now. I’ll be out there soon enough.”

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GM Jerry Reese: Giants can't rely on Victor Cruz recovery for 2015


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Giants general manager Jerry Reese told reporters that the team can't rely on wideout Victor Cruz being fully recovered in time for the 2015 season. Reese noted that doing so wouldn't be responsible for the front office, and that as a result, they'll look to improve at the position this offseason, according to ESPN.

"When a guy has a big injury like Victor had, you can't put all your eggs in his basket," Reese said. "Our doctors say he looks good. I see him down in the training room, working out with our trainers and our medical people, and he looks good. But his game is quickness. And until you get out there and move around, you never really know how he's going to recovery from that. We're hoping and praying that he'll come back 100 percent and be the Victor Cruz that we know, but you can't put 100 percent in that basket."

Cruz tore his patella tendon in October against the Eagles. He was limited to 23 catches for 337 and one touchdown in six games in 2014. Coach Tom Coughlin told reporters that Cruz should start running soon, and that he remains "where he needs to be" in his recovery process.


Giants coach Coughlin: Victor Cruz should begin running soon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Giants coach Tom Coughlin told reporters during Thursday's combine press conference that wideout Victor Cruz is where he's supposed to be in the rehab process, and noted that he should begin running shortly, per the team's official website.

Cruz tore his patella tendon in October against the Eagles. He was limited to 23 catches for 337 and one touchdown in six games in 2014.


Giants put WR Victor Cruz on injured reserve


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(10/14/2014) As expected, the Giants placed wideout Victor Cruz on season-ending injured reserve. He tore his patella tendon in Sunday's loss at Philadelphia.

Victor Cruz injuries gives others chance to emerge


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/2014) It's official. Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has a torn patellar tendon in his right knee and will have season-ending surgery, leaving quarterback Eli Manning without his favorite target.

Or at least one of his favorites.

Turns out Cruz wasn't even the Giants' most-targeted receiver through the first six games. Rueben Randle was and becomes the clear No. 1 with Cruz out. He again led the way in targets with nine Week 6 at Philadelphia. He had a modest 58 yards on five catches, but let's not forget Manning threw for only 151.

Odell Beckham probably gets the biggest bump with Cruz's injury. Playing only his second game after missing the first four with a hamstring injury, he was targeted four times in Week 6, catching two passes for 28 yards. But he was on the field for 88 percent of the Giants snaps and showed his playmaking ability in Week 5, even scoring a touchdown. On a day when the Giants don't face a defense playing at its best, Beckham could impress.

Tight end Larry Donnell could get back to being a bigger part of the game plan with Cruz down. After catching 25 passes for 236 yards in the Giants' first four games, he has just one catch for 6 yards in their last two. He's probably already owned in your league, as is Randle, but Cruz's injury is enough incentive to stick with him a little longer.