WR Victor Cruz - New York Giants
|6-0, 200||Born: 11-11-1986||College: Massachusetts||Drafted: ---|
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General News (Wed Feb 1): wants to play out the final two years of his contract with the team, but he admits the "ball is in (the Giants') court" when it comes to sticking around. Cruz has a $9.4 million salary cap hit next season and will likely need to take a pay cut for the second straight season in order to stay. Cruz agreed to reduce his base salary from $7.9 million to $1.3 million for the 2016 season.
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 17 vs WAS (4 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz managed only 2 catches for very minor gains as he continues to look almost invisible in this offense. The Giants had an emphasis on the running game which hurt the production of everyone in the passing attack but Cruz has not produced much noteworthy plays this season regardless. Cruz got a short screen pass but was tackled immediately. He then hauled in a short out pattern to secure a first down but accomplished very little otherwise. Cruz is unlikely to remain with the Giants in the offseason as the lack of production this season is glaring. He has enough left in the tank to produce as a low end #2/high #3 receiver somewhere else but his fantasy days as a Giant are over.
2016 Week 16 vs PHI (13 / 8 / 84 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz had a surprisingly strong game on Thursday despite being largely ignored this season. He displayed strong pair of consistent hands for the most part and was crucial in converting several downs for the Giants. Cruz snagged a terrific over the shoulder grab from Manning deep down the sideline, doing an excellent job to keep his feet in bounds and keep the ball away from the defender. He continued to haul in short curls/outs to keep the Giants moving and had good separation at times from the Eagles defense. He was not targeted in the redzone/endzone much unfortunately and this level of production is more of an anomaly for Cruz this season. Beckham and Shepard are often targeted a lot more than Cruz and he doesn't quite have the same level of speed/youth that they possess, leaving him on the outside. He is still a strong play with his hands and versatility but could be gone from the Giants after this season.
2016 Week 15 vs DET (2 / 1 / 29 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz got one splash play on Sunday but disappeared for most of the rest of the game. This has been typical for Cruz this season unfortunately and he has lost most of his fantasy relevance. Cruz got good separation going deep down the sideline on a go route and hauled in a nice ball before going out of bounds, showing good concentration to secure the catch. He was targeted on another deep sideline pass but had no separation this time on a delayed ball that was fortunate not to be picked off. Cruz has been upstaged by Beckham in recent times and the Giants offense isn't explosive enough to support more than one star, keep him on the waiver wire for now.
2016 Week 14 vs DAL (4 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz did not get much of a look in on Sunday night and has become irrelevant in this offense in recent weeks. Manning struggled to push the ball downfield and focused on Beckham/Shepard when he was afforded an opportunity. Cruz was an afterthought with very few targets that resulted in only one catch for 4 yards on a quick out. He had a chance at a post route early in the game but the pass was just off target and made it too difficult for Cruz to realistically catch. A defender also stepped in front of a pass intended for him that was picked off late in the game. Cruz has not produced in a long time at this stage for the Giants and can remain on the waiver wire at this point if you can find better options.
2016 Week 13 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz did not receive any targets in this game, continuing on from the theme of ignored receivers with Shepard avoiding any balls the previous week. The Giants passed the ball for the majority of the time but Manning simply didn't look his way. Beckham jr/Shepard/Tye/Jennings got the vast majority of the targets and guys like Cruz could not get a look in. Fantasy owners should obviously avoid to play Cruz right now at all costs and he can be dropped for better options.
2016 Week 12 vs CLE (5 / 1 / 37 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz was another victim of this bizarre game as he only registered one catch, though it was a big play. Cruz got open deep down the sideline and made a terrific play on the ball to secure it in bounds despite close coverage by the Browns cornerback. He was targeted later in the game on another deep pass but it was poorly thrown and he had no chance to catch it in bounds. Manning spread the ball evenly amongst all receivers not named Beckham jr in this game and Cruz just couldn't get enough looks. He is a somewhat risky play as a #3 receiver as his production is quite inconsistent, only play if desperate. His talent has not diminished as a player but the Giants offense has been somewhat underperforming for most of this season. Beckham jr also demands a lot of attention which hurts the fantasy potential of guys like Cruz.
2016 Week 11 vs CHI (2 / 1 / 48 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz wasn't able to accomplish much on his return from his injury but did contribute a big splash play late in the game. Cruz drew a holding call early in the game and was occasionally targeted downfield by Manning but the duo struggled to connect. Cruz got open on a broken scramble play down the field from Manning. Manning fired a pass down the sideline on the run for Cruz who had unravelled away from the defense to pick up a massive gain after the catch. Cruz showed nice speed and quickness to separate on this play but he was somewhat invisible for the rest of the game. The Giants leaned heavily on the running game throughout and Cruz has to contend with Shepard and Beckham jr. these days.
2016 Week 9 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 46 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz only got one grab on Sunday against the Eagles as he had to leave with an injury he sustained early in the game. Cruz made this catch count however with a big play downfield to set up the Giants in the redzone. He got good separation on a slant and go route deep downfield and was helped with a perfect pass into his hands from Manning. Cruz showed he still has the quickness and speed to get open deep. It was unfortunate to see him leave the game after this splash play but hopefully he will not be out for long.
2016 Week 7 vs LA (8 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz started his day off poorly with a drop on the outside, taking his eyes off the ball before securing it and failing to pick up a first down. Cruz shook this early mistake off and was the leading receiver for the Giants, though this only took 55 yards. The Giants kept the passing game very short and safe, which gave Cruz little room to threaten a defense down the field. He had a nice diving catch on a low ball to the outside from Manning, showing good concentration. Cruz also made a man miss after catching a slant inside and taking it for a big play down the sideline instead. The Giants ran a lot in the redzone however and this hurt the fantasy production of guys like Cruz. He should be seen as a low number 3 fantasy at best in PPR leagues and should not be started if it can be avoided.
2016 Week 6 vs BAL (7 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz tried his best to fight for any ball his way on Sunday but only ended up with 3 balls. The Giants weren't achieving much in the passing game early on and relied heavily upon Beckham jr in the second half. Cruz was open early on a slant pattern but Manning's pass was thrown behind him and it fell incomplete. Cruz then dropped a simple pass outside to the sideline but would have resulted in a minor gain. He was targeted on a deep shot from Manning but the pass was overthrown this time. Cruz almost scored however on a comeback route in the redzone. He got a lot of separation on his break towards the pass but was taken down just yards short. Cruz was arguably open on a redzone slant route but Manning's focus was towards the back of the endzone at that time. Cruz showed he can still get open in this league and has the confidence in his body to perform again but the Giants are not consistently getting him the ball. Fantasy owners should edge on the side of caution and bench him until he at least gets back in the endzone.
2016 Week 5 vs GB (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz didn't get a single reception and looked invisible for most of the game, you might think he didn't play. Cruz didn't even get a target from Manning in the first half as the Pack rattled the Giants QB and offensive line. He simply couldn't get any attention from his QB as Greenbay dictated the game with their pass rush. Manning tried to find Cruz deep on a fade pattern but the pass was woefully underthrown and could have been picked off. The Giants simply aren't able to get the ball to guys like Cruz with the way the offense is underperforming currently. He has the talent like we saw in week 1 vs. the Cowboys but he can't do it himself.
2016 Week 4 vs MIN (9 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz was held in check for this game but still managed to outproduce his fellow wide receivers on the stat sheet. Cruz was only able to get his hands on short-intermediate routes as the Giants offense struggled to push the ball down the field throughout the game. Cruz was solid at picking up small gains on curl routes and in breaking patterns but had to contend with a tight Vikings secondary that prevented many yards after the catch. Cruz was targeted in the redzone on a slant pattern from the slot. He wasn't able to come up with the ball but was flagged for defensive pass interference which helped the Giants secure the score. Cruz has successfully returned to the Giants as a strong contender in the passing game and this outing didn't change much. His talent as a route runner and his quickness has not diminished; his biggest problem as a fantasy option is his competition with Beckham jr and Shepard every week.
2016 Week 3 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 70 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz had a quiet day of three catches with the longest one going for thirty-seven yards. These types of days can become more often as Victor lines up outside more frequently than year's past. Playing as Eli's main safety valve and zone buster isn't primarily his duty anymore as the rookie Sterling Shepard helps as well.
2016 Week 2 vs NO (8 / 4 / 91 / 0 rec)
Victor Cruz continues his comeback season with another impactful performance, though he was unfortunate not to get more out of this game. Cruz was targeted early on a slant inside but lost the ball was he went down to the ground, failing to secure it. Cruz showed excellent speed and route running hauling in a quick pass to the outside before racing down the sideline for a big gain. Unfortunately Cruz didn't see a defender come from behind late and he lost the ball as a fumble during the process. Cruz was also unlucky not to score in the redzone on a quick out route from Manning as the pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Cruz had another ball jarred loose from a defender as he looked to have caught a deep fade pass from Manning. Cruz made up for these mishaps with an unbelievable catch which sealed the game. Cruz was well covered by the Saints corner on a streak pattern deep but outfought the defender at the highest point and wrestled the pass away for a big gain. Cruz showed some mental lapses which was unusual for the receiver but his talent level as a playmaker has not diminished despite his absence.
2016 Week 1 vs DAL (4 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)
Victor Cruz had a very strong performance against the Cowboys and looked like the old Victor Cruz. He was quick, able to gain separation and still possessed his incredibly reliable pair of hands. Cruz had a few short balls to the outside which resulted in minimal gains for the Giants but appeared to give him the confidence boost that he can still compete. Cruz unravelled over the middle against the Dallas secondary on a crossing pattern and picked up a huge first down. Cruz later secured his first touchdown of the season from the redzone. Cruz was given time to work his way around defenders and ran away from coverage to get open in the back of the endzone to give fantasy owners the long awaited salsa dance. Cruz wasn't targeted as much as Beckham jr. but showed very promising signs that he can still contribute a lot to this team. His quickness and route running was on form and looked like a threat to the Dallas secondary anytime he touched the ball.
Latest NewsRavens | Baltimore unlikely to look at Victor Cruz (Sat Feb 18, 02:21 PM) - Free-agent WR Victor Cruz (Giants) probably will not be an option for the Baltimore Ravens this offseason unless he is willing to sign for the veteran minimum, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley. Our View: The Ravens need an upgrade at the position, but they're likely to look for younger players in free agency or just add more WR talent in the 2017 NFL draft.
link to story Panthers | Victor Cruz could fit in Carolina (Sat Feb 18, 01:03 AM) - Free-agent WR Victor Cruz (Giants) could be pursued by the Carolina Panthers, according to beat writer David Newton. General manager Dave Gettleman has a connection with Cruz from his time with the New York Giants, and Cruz would fill Carolina's need for a slot receiver. Our View: Cruz might have a few looks on the open market, and the Panthers might be his best opportunity. They need weapons in the passing game, and Cruz showed he could still work the underneath routes in 2016.
link to story Broncos | Broncos plan to meet with Victor Cruz (Tue Feb 14, 11:17 PM) - The Denver Broncos are 'working' to meet with free-agent WR Victor Cruz (Giants). Our View: The team needs a third asset in the passing game behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. Cruz is not the same player he used to be, but the team might consider him a possibility for the right price.
link to story NFL | Victor Cruz probably done, says scout (Mon Feb 13, 11:50 PM) - Free-agent WR Victor Cruz (Giants) is 'probably done,' according to one NFL scout. Our View: Cruz may get signed by some team in need of veteran depth, but he's likely to be signing a "prove it" deal no matter where he lands. Once Cruz finds a new team, there's no guarantee he'll make the 53-man roster. Evaluators may think he's "probably done" and they're probably right.
link to story Giants | Victor Cruz released (Mon Feb 13, 02:19 PM) - Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz was officially released Monday, Feb. 13. link to story More News
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