| Wide Receiver, New York Giants
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DOB: 1986-11-11 Age: 29
|Expected to be given his first extensive playing time and be utilized primarily as a slot receiver in 2011, Cruz burst onto the scene during a Week 3 road game against Philadelphia catching three passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. By season’s end, Cruz had supplanted Mario Manningham in the starting lineup and had amassed 82 receptions for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns, finishing the year as the 4th ranked fantasy wide receiver. Those are lofty heights for a former undrafted free agent who had failed to catch a single pass during his first two years in the league. So, the question is whether Cruz can replicate his 2011 success in 2012? With no realistic threats to his playing time, Cruz has an opportunity to match his touchdown production from last season but the odds of him topping 1,500 yards again are remote. Cruz was a big play machine last year, using his speed and elusive to register several long touchdown passes including receptions of 99, 74, 74, 72 and 68 yards. Think that’s happening again? Dream on. While Cruz is unlikely to match his 2011 production, he should be in for another big year with the Giants continuing to be a pass first offense and with fellow starting wide receiver Hakeem Nicks unlikely to be 100% healthy by opening day after breaking his right foot in May. That should mean plenty of targets for Cruz and plenty of fantasy production in 2012. Add it all up and Cruz shapes up as a potential top five fantasy wide receiver but comes with more risk than any other player listed in the top 10 at his position.
| Hakeem Nicks to sign with Giants -- Tue Nov 17 11:40 am --|
2009 first-rounder may see best chance to return to form
|Mike Garafalo (@MikeGarafalo) on Twitter:
"With Victor Cruz headed to IR, the Giants will be re-signing WR Hakeem Nicks, sources say. Here comes his best shot to recapture old form." (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: We don't expect Nicks to be a top play anytime soon, but if something should befall Odell Beckham, Jr. or the veteran shows signs of a resurgence, he could be relevant.
| Victor Cruz to undergo season-ending calf surgery -- Mon Nov 16 4:50 pm --|
Missed most of 2014 season with torn patellar tendon
|Victor Cruz will not play this season. The Giants wideout, who missed a majority of the 2014 season with a torn patellar tendon, announced Monday that he was undergoing calf surgery.
Before the 2015 campaign started, and even before the calf injury, we noted that the Cruz-Odell Beckham tag team this season was a pipe dream. A torn patellar tendon is a brutal, grueling injury that can have ripple effects throughout the lower body. While the Giants maintain that the two are not related, it's hard to imagine this calf injury surfacing out of thin air. (NFL.com)|
FF Today's Take: Cruz was always a longshot to contribute this season given how few players have come anywhere close to their usual levels following patellar tendon tears. There is no more guaranteed money left on Cruz's contract, which makes it very possible for the Giants to part ways with him if they choose to do so. In the meantime, Dwayne Harris will occupy his usual spot in the slot and remain a decent WR4/WR5 option in fantasy leagues.
| Victor Cruz eyeing a Week 12 return -- Thu Nov 5 5:20 pm --|
Calf injury has sidelined him for all but one practice this season
|Tom Coughlin might not know when to expect Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz back. But Cruz himself has an idea. Via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Cruz said “after the bye looks like a promising date” for his return.
The Giants have two more games before their Nov. 22 bye, and if Cruz’s schedule holds, he could potentially return for the Nov. 29 game against Washington. Cruz has been out of all but part of one practice because of a calf strain, after rehabbing last year’s knee injury. Cruz said he started running today, and that his calf had healed and his latest MRI was clean. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: The torn patellar tendon that cost Cruz a big chunk of 2014 hasn't been discussed by the local media for weeks, so a clean MRI for his calf strain is good news for the few owners that have held on to him this long. It is unlikely he's going to have much of an impact this season, but it would be good for all parties involved just to get him back on the field in order to see if he can be one of the first athletes in any sport to truly bounce back from a torn patellar tendon.
|Victor Cruz: No more pain in calf -- Tue Oct 20 11:30 am --|
Giants offense anxious to get veteran WR back in action
|Art Stapleton described the situation thusly on Twitter: "Guarded optimism from #Giants on progress for Victor Cruz, per source. No pain in calf. MRI Wednesday. Could gain clearance to run, practice" (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This is great news for Cruz owners who've been hanging onto the onetime fantasy stud WR. Cruz may not be the player he once was, but his explosiveness could serve as a perfect complement to the athletic prowess of No. 1 WR Odell Beckham, Jr. and take some heat off the superstar.
| Giants hold wide receiver tryout -- Wed Oct 14 1:43 pm --|
Terrelle Pryor among those attending
|With Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle struggling with hamstring injuries and Victor Cruz still sidelined with a calf problem, the Giants are on the lookout for wide receivers.
Among the players they worked out Wednesday during their weekly tryout were former quarterback Terrelle Pryor, former Jet T.J. Graham and A.J. Jenkins, three individuals with knowledge of the workout told NJ Advance Media.
FF Today's Take: New York's receiving corps is facing plenty of uncertainty heading into their Week 6 matchup against the Eagles on MNF. Odell Beckham Jr. seems to be slightly more likely to play than Rueben Randle yet the status of each player remains uncertain. Victor Cruz has struggled to return from a calf injury and would likely be limited if able to play. By Monday night Eli Manning may be throwing passes to one of six receivers who attended today's tryout.
| Beckham, Randle sustain Week 5 hamstring injuries -- Mon Oct 12 5:20 pm --|
Join Cruz as ailing Giants WRs
|The Giants saw their top two receivers - Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle - suffer hamstring injuries during Sunday night's win over the 49ers. Beckham returned to the game, while Randle did not, and both told reporters in the locker room they did not think their respective injuries were serious.
Victor Cruz was expected to be re-evaluated Monday, 10 days after his PRP injection into his injured calf, and the one-year anniversary of his torn patellar tendon. But Coughlin said he did not have any update, nor did he know Cruz was supposed to meet with doctors. (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: At the moment, the Giants are down to rookie Geremy Davis, Dwayne Harris and Myles White in terms of healthy receivers. Although Beckham returned to the game, he looked extremely tentative while New York was completing its game-winning drive. If Beckham and Randle are both held out of next Monday night's game against the Eagles, it is entirely possible that Harris and TE Larry Donnell end up as Eli Manning's top targets in that contest.
| Victor Cruz receives PRP injection -- Fri Oct 2 7:20 pm --|
No timetable for return
|Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz had a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection Thursday in his injured left calf. PRP is supposed to promote healing in the affected area. The procedure occurred at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. "Hopefully it's able to make me feel better, and hopefully advance the recovery process in any way, shape, or form," Cruz said. Cruz aggravated a calf strain Wednesday in his first practice back. He lasted three plays after originally hurting the calf last month, admittedly a result of overcompensation following a serious knee injury he suffered last year. The MRI showed that the most recent aggravation of the calf isn't anywhere near as severe as the original injury, according to Cruz. He has yet to appear in a game, preseason or regular season. There remains no timetable for his return, but it does not appear it's on the horizon. Cruz will shut it down at least through this weekend as a result of the procedure. He will be evaluated Monday before a plan is devised. (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: Cruz probably doesn't even deserve a bench spot at this point. He appears to be a ways away from returning, and Rueben Randle has shown that he is a more than capable WR2 for the Giants.
| Victor Cruz has setback with calf injury -- Wed Sep 30 12:52 pm --|
Leaves practice Wednesday
|TC on Victor Cruz: "Victor came out and tried to do individuals. He felt the calf again and that's all he did." (New York Giants on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: There was optimism that Cruz (calf) would play this week but the chances of that happening are slim to none after Cruz left practice today. Cruz owners should make other plans for Week 4.
| Giants rule DRC and Victor Cruz out -- Wed Sep 23 4:20 pm --|
New York thin in the secondary
|The New York Giants will be without top cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for Thursday night's game against Washington, and wide receiver Victor Cruz will have to wait at least one more week for his return to the field. (ESPN.com)|
FF Today's Take: The injury to Dominick Rodgers-Cromartie leaves a defense that has been shredded the past two weeks with huge holes to fill in the secondary. Look for Kirk Cousins to test the Giants pass defense with Jordan Reed, Pierre Garcon and company on Thursday night. Additionally, New York released Preston Parker this week and Victor Cruz remains sidelined leaving the door wide open for Rueben Randle to stake his claim in the passing offense behind Odell Beckham Jr.
| Victor Cruz ruled out Sunday vs Falcons -- Fri Sep 18 4:25 pm --|
Rueben Randle will again be Giants WR2
|Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (calf) will not play Sunday against Atlanta, reports Tom Rock of Newsday. Cruz has yet to practice through the first two weeks of the season, with recent claims suggesting he might not be ready until Week 4. Rueben Randle will start across from Odell Beckham against the Falcons, leaving Preston Parker as the No. 3 wide receiver. (CBS Sports)|
FF Today's Take: Randle should be the greatest beneficiary while Cruz remains out, though he frustratingly mustered just 23 yards on three receptions in the Giants' loss to the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday. Expect an improvement this week, facing a porous Falcons' defense that gave up 336 yards in week one. Randle is a decent WR3 while Cruz is out.
| Victor Cruz to miss practice Thursday -- Thu Sep 10 9:56 am --|
Gaints receiver likely out for Week 1
|Once again, Giants WR Victor Cruz will not practice today. (Dan Graziano on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Does everyone recall the training camp speculation and analysis that Cruz would be ready and was on track for Week 1? As we've discussed numerous times over the summer, Cruz's knee injury was nasty and difficult to make a quick recovery from. Hopefully you avoided him at his 7th round ADP. He'll likely be inactive this week.
| Victor Cruz uncertain for Week 1 -- Tue Sep 1 10:40 am --|
Giants WR still nursing calf strain
|Victor Cruz maintained that it’s “still the goal” to be on the field Week 1, but left the door open for his nagging calf to keep him out in the opener. (New York Daily News)|
FF Today's Take: This is bad news for Cruz owners. Right now, nobody knows when they’ll see the Giants star on the field again. Cruz is trying to come back from last year’s torn patellar tendon in his right knee, and has been dealing with the calf injury since mid-August, when he still hoped to playing in multiple preseason games. He's an iffy fantasy option heading into 2015, and fellow WR Rueben Randle seems like the safer bet for consistent numbers.
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