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WR Victor Cruz - New York Giants

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): After an up and down first quarter of the season, Cruz is now the #1 receiver in a very good pass offense, bordering on WR1 value heading into a game against the very weak Falcons defense.

Week 5: vs Atlanta Falcons

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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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
4 at WAS 0 0 0 10 6 108 0 0
5 vs ATL PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
5 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 3 vs HOU (6 / 5 / 107 / 1 rec)

Victor Cruz had a very nice game for New York and showed he still has big time play making ability when given enough chances. Cruz only got 5 catches as the Giants leaned heavily on their very effective running game but Cruz made every catch count. His first big play came on a short slant inside as he split the defense and accelerated down the sideline before being caught from behind before he could reach the goal line. Cruz was able to score a much needed touchdown and end his drought also in this game. Cruz caught another medium slant inside as he made one defender miss and then simply outran the safety to the pylon to secure the score. Cruz caught some other simple out and quick slant plays as he becomes a big important piece in this new west coast offense for New York. Cruz doesn't possess elite speed or size as a receiver but he his hands and quickness over the middle allows him to become a very dangerous threat for opposing defenses. He is also a good weapon with the ball in his hands and is good at making the first tackler miss in the open field.

2014 Week 4 vs WAS (10 / 6 / 108 / 0 rec)

Victor Cruz had a great game in the passing attack for New York and was pivotal for Manning as he kept drives alive with crucial first down plays. Cruz dominated the middle of the field at times in typical fashion and made a lot of yards after the catch using his quickness to elude tackles. Cruz got his hands on a lot of slant and option route plays over the middle, showing his reliable hands as he plucked fastballs from Manning. Cruz also hauled in a deep out pattern which really help set up the Giants for a field goal opportunity before the first half ended. Cruz managed to break free from the secondary on a seam route down the middle and would have easily scored a touchdown but the pass from Manning sailed over his head as it was slightly overthrown. Cruz also got his hands on fade pattern pass in the endzone but unfortunately he had just stepped out of bounds after completing the catch which ruled it incomplete. Cruz almost scored again as he hauled in a short pass over the middle from Manning. He eluded the first defender but was taken down by others 1 yard shy of the goal line. Cruz looked very dangerous for New York and played well, despite the fact a lot of plays were left on the field due to slight timing issues between himself and Manning. His quickness/agility and reliable hands was crucial in picking up important first downs for New York over the middle and he showed he still has the speed to threaten deep when called upon.

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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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Schedule

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