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WR Victor Cruz - New York Giants

6-0, 200Born: 11-11-1986College: MassachusettsDrafted: ---

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Summary

Victor Cruz is recovering from a torn patellar tendon, and both he and the Giants have expressed confidence in his availability for Week One. Fantasy owners will have to take some of that on faith because it's unlikely Cruz will see the practice field much, if at all, during the preseason. Assuming for a moment he makes a full recovery, Cruz enters the 2015 with a different role than the past two seasons. Cruz is no longer the Giants' top pass-catcher; that role belongs to Odell Beckham for the foreseeable future. Cruz will now be able to test his mettle against team's secondary cornerbacks. He'll also face single coverage in most situations. At his best, Cruz is a smart route runner with vacuum hands. What he lacks in size, he makes up for in his ability to gain separation, particularly on crossing routes. His days as a fantasy WR1 are probably over, but Cruz can re-emerge as a viable WR2 if his recovery progresses unabated. (May 16)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 47, 34, 35, 37, 40, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 50, 51, 54, 54, 55, 59
WR Redraft PPR - 47, 35, 35, 35, 37, 40, 42, 43, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 50, 54, 55, 58
WR Dynasty - 49, 26, 39, 46, 49, 50, 60, 78
Overall Dynasty - 78, 42

Stats and Projections

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2012 NYG 16 0 0 0 143 86 1092 10
2013 NYG 14 0 0 0 122 73 998 4 1
2014 NYG 6 0 0 0 41 23 337 1
2015 PROJ-Dodds 6 0 * * 55 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 0 * * 53 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 14 0 * * 70 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 13 0 * * 57 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 92
WR: 37
Overall-PPR: 87
WR-PPR: 37

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Latest News

Giants | NYG receivers catch endorsement (Wed May 20, 09:18 PM) - New York Giants WRs Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle all received strong endorsements from ex-Giants WR Stephen Baker Tuesday, May 19. 'I think [the Giants offense] will be a matchup nightmare, and I love the diversity of the receivers,' said Baker. 'You've got little Cruz, who can shake and bake in the middle, then you've got Beckham on the outside, who's just explosive, and then you have Randle, I consider him a smooth receiver, when he catches a pass, he just looks smooth. I like him as a third down possession-type guy,' Baker said.

Our View: Baker, a former Giants receiver who won a Super Bowl with them in 1990, is speaking the truth. We may not have yet seen the best from Beckham, and he's got superstar potential in this league. If Cruz can come back healthy, he'll be able to make plays in the passing game. Even Randle has become more consistent as a pro. The Giants may have O-Line problems, but they do not have WR problems.
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Giants | Victor Cruz not rushing rehab (Wed May 13, 12:28 PM) - New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) said he will not rush his rehab in order to participate in offseason workouts and minicamps.

Our View: Cruz has a good chance to be ready for training camp, but we feel the team will ease him back into action at that time. He is feeling good and has not reported swelling in the knee even after workouts. All signs are pointing to Cruz being available when the Giants hit the field in Week 1 of the regular season.
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Giants | Victor Cruz begins making cuts (Wed May 13, 09:25 AM) - Updating previous reports, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) has begun making cuts in his routes, and he labeled himself about 75-80% in his recovery from a torn patellar tendon.

Our View: The Giants will keep monitoring Cruz closely as he returns from his serious knee injury. The fact that he's making cuts already and we're in mid-May is a good sign. They won't ask him to do much during minicamp and OTAs. Even when the team gets to training camp, Cruz should be eased back into action. The plan is to have him available in Week 1 of the regular season even if he's not quite 100 percent.
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Giants | Victor Cruz won't practice in minicamp (Tue May 12, 07:06 PM) - New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) will not participate in team practices during the Giants' minicamp, but will be doing some of his own rehabilitation work.

Our View: There's no need to risk further injury in minicamp or OTAs. Even when training camp gets here, we expect Cruz to be limited as he continues to recover. Cruz has already started running routes.
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Giants | Victor Cruz improving (Tue May 12, 07:05 PM) - New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) did not experience swelling in his injured knee after running routes and doing some agility drills.

Our View: Great news for the Giants here. Cruz's recovery is going to be monitored closely with the plan of him being ready for the season opener. He may not be quite 100 percent at that time, but the team will ease him back in as the season goes on.
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2015 Schedule

1@ Dallas Cowboys
2vs Atlanta Falcons
3vs Washington Redskins
4@ Buffalo Bills
5vs San Francisco 49ers
6@ Philadelphia Eagles
7vs Dallas Cowboys
8@ New Orleans Saints
9@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
10vs New England Patriots
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Washington Redskins
13vs New York Jets
14@ Miami Dolphins
15vs Carolina Panthers
16@ Minnesota Vikings
17vs Philadelphia Eagles