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|The NFL doesn’t wait for you and Jernigan has learned that lesson over the last year. Taken in the 3rd round of the 2011 draft, the 5’8”, 189-pound Troy State product was expected to compete for a slot-receiving role but dressed for just eight games and failed to catch a pass as Victor Cruz won that role and helped carry the Giants to a Super Bowl victory. While Mario Manningham’s departure has left an opening on the team’s roster, Jernigan isn’t likely to benefit given that he is strictly a slot receiver. With Cruz best suited to play out of the slot and the Giants other backup wide receivers better suited to line up outside, Jernigan is unlikely to see the field much in 2012. Avoid him in all formats unless Cruz is lost for the season and Jernigan plays well in the preseason.
| Cruz has knee surgery -- Thu Dec 19 3:30 pm --|
Will miss the remainder of the season
|New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday for an injury that likely ends his season. Cruz had the debridement performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. The procedure involved the removal of cartilage and is not considered a major operation. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: You can scratch Cruz off your fantasy team for the remainder of the season. Rueben Randle and Hakeem Nicks will get the start with Jerrel Jernigan being used in the slot.
| Cruz unlikely to play Week 16 -- Wed Dec 18 11:45 am --|
Concussion, sprained knee
|Cruz (concussion/knee) was one of 10 Giants that appeared on the team's injury report today. None of them are practicing.
"He's going through the concussion protocol but he also has the knee that'll probably prevent him from doing anything," Tom Coughlin said. (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: It's almost a guarantee that Cruz will not play this week meaning Hakeem Nicks, Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan will be Eli's targets on Sunday. The Giants are playing out the string, meaning all three receivers are risky fantasy plays.
| Cruz suffers concussion, sprained knee -- Mon Dec 16 8:00 am --|
Status for Week 16 uncertain
|Victor Cruz, who has 73 catches for 998 yards (both team highs) and four touchdowns, was diagnosed with a concussion and knee sprain. His status for next week’s game at Detroit is uncertain. Considering the league’s strict protocol with regards to concussions, it seems unlikely Cruz will play against the Lions. (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: Jerrel Jernigan saw his first significant action with Cruz out, and caught seven passes for 67 yards. If Cruz is out, Rueben Randle would likely slide into the starting lineup.