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WR Victor Cruz - New York Giants

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): On one hand, Cruz had three more drops, bringing his season total to five, and denying his owners what should have been a much better fantasy day. On the other hand, the Giants pass offense is coming alive and that can only help Cruz. He isn't worth as much as we thought he was during drafts, but he didn't lose any value this week.

Week 3: vs Houston Texans

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Eli Manning threw 26/39 for 277 yards, two TDs, two interceptions, and took two sacks for -17 yards last week. He may finally be getting comfortable in Ben McAdoo's offense, friends. Starting tight end Larry Donnell led the team in receiving with nine targets for 7/81/0 receiving, followed by Victor Cruz (10 for 5/60/0), Rashad Jennings (four for 4/45/0) and Reuben Randle (seven for 4/39/1). Daniel Fells siphoned off a score from Donnell with 1/1/1 to his credit last week. Alas, it was all for naught as the Giants lost 14-25. At least they are making things closer these days. The Texans' D ranks 24th in the NFL averaging 252.0 net passing yards allowed this year, but they have given away just one passing TD vs. two interceptions generated so far. Derek Carr managed 27/42 for 263 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown vs. Houston last week - he's still a rookie learning the pro game so the Texans made the most of his inexperience with the two picks. Manning seems to be getting on track - we'll see how he does against the sub-par Houston secondary. On balance this looks like a neutral matchup to us.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
1 at DET 0 0 0 6 2 24 0 0
2 vs ARI 0 0 0 10 5 60 0 0
3 vs HOU 0 0 0 6 5 107 1 0
3 vs HOU PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
3 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
3 vs HOU PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs DET (6 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Victor Cruz was quiet in this game by normal standards for him. The Giants and Manning targeted him somwhat often considering the circumstances of the game but the timing and accuracy of some of the passes was subpar. Cruz was targeted early in the game over the middle but was fouled by a defensive back and drew a penalty. Cruz was open on a comeback route in the first half but Manning failed to get enough zip on the pass and it fell short. Cruz was able to haul in a pass down the sideline between two defenders in a tight window however, showing good concentration and hands. Cruz then went go up for a high pass over the middle but lost control of the ball as he took a big hit from a Detroit defender who was waiting. He then also dropped a simple out pattern in the second half and didn't quite look himself in this game. Cruz was open on a rollout down the sideline from Manning but a high lofty pass hung in the air and a defender stepped in front of the pass to pick it off instead. Cruz was targeted often but Manning was under pressure from the Detroit front 7 frequently and this affected a large volume of throws that went his way. This should not continue to damage Cruz's as he remains the biggest threat at WR that the Giants but he needs more help from his teammates going forward.

2014 Week 2 vs ARI (10 / 5 / 60 / 0 rec)

Victor Cruz had a disappointing performance against the Cardinals and won't be pleased with the number of drops he had in the second half. Early in the game Cruz was able to snag some passes over the middle and showed good adjustment to the ball on some slightly off target throws from Manning. Cruz then was able to draw a crucial pass interference penalty that set up the Giants on the 1 yard line which ultimately led to a touchdown. Cruz had three poor drops in the second half however and all came at bad times as the Giants needed every catch to try and stay alive in the game. Cruz let passes sail right throw his hands and failed to control a deep pass on a corner route that he got his finger tips on, though the catch was not an easy play by any means. The Chemistry between himself and Manning was slightly off but there is still no excuse for the drops we saw. Cruz and the Giants offense had few opportunities in the redzone. The offense continues to struggle as turnovers heavily impact the scoring chances for this team and players like Cruz will suffer as a result.

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Latest News

Giants | Victor Cruz having drops issue (Thu Sep 18, 08:39 AM) - New York Giants WR Victor Cruz had three drops in Week 2 after demanding to see the ball more before the game. He vowed to get better moving forward.

Our View: This was one of the worst case scenarios coming into the season - the one guy who was always reliable becoming unreliable. He should still get targets (especially with Rueben Randle on injured reserve)but his production is being hampered by his strange inability to hold onto the ball. We've got him as a WR3 this week against the Houston Texans, in part due to the drops and in part due to the pressure Eli Manning will be feeling in the pocket. The timing for the offense is already a mess and the pass-rush won't help.
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Giants | Victor Cruz wants more targets (Tue Sep 9, 06:11 PM) - New York Giants WR Victor Cruz thinks the offense will improve if more targets are directed his way. 'In order for us to be successful I think there needs to be an increased number of targets in my direction,' Cruz said, on a conference call with reporters. 'And other playmakers' directions, just like Rueben Randle as well, in my opinion.' Cruz had only six targets and finished with two grabs and 24 yards in the team's Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions Monday, Sept. 8. Randle was targeted only three times for two catches and one yard. The Giants offense as a whole was unproductive against the Lions after looking poor in the preseason.

Our View: We have a feeling that Cruz will get his wish going forward. Six targets for one of the most explosive playmakers is ridiculous. The Giants should emphasize Cruz each and every week from here on out.
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Schedule

3vs Houston Texans
4@ Washington Redskins
5vs Atlanta Falcons
6@ Philadelphia Eagles
7@ Dallas Cowboys
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9vs Indianapolis Colts
10@ Seattle Seahawks
11vs San Francisco 49ers
12vs Dallas Cowboys
13@ Jacksonville Jaguars
14@ Tennessee Titans
15vs Washington Redskins
16@ St. Louis Rams
17vs Philadelphia Eagles