28-Year-Old Wide Receiver – New York Giants
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
A knee injury and a concussion ended Cruz’s season two games early, but he – and the Giants passing game as a whole – were in freefall long before that. In fact, after scoring four times in his first ...
Victor Cruz Contract Information:
Agreed to a five-year, $43 million extension on top of his one-year, $2.879 million restricted free agent tender with the Giants in July of 2013.
Cruz (knee) is off crutches and vows to be back for the start of 2015, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
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Victor Cruz: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Speaking to the media for the first time since suffering the injury, Cruz said Friday that he expects to be ready for the start of training camp next summer and added that he has no doubt he will come back at full strength. He will wear a brace on the knee for the next six weeks and rehab at the team's practice facility for the next two or three months, while also maintaining a presence in the locker room and in team meetings.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Cruz tore his patellar tendon Sunday night and will face a lengthy and grueling recovery process. The move to IR is a mere formality at this point, as Cruz was ruled out for the season Monday.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Cruz, who suffered the injury in Sunday night's loss to the Eagles, is thus out for the season, with Odell Beckham, Preston Parker, and perhaps Corey Washington candidates to see added opportunities in the Giants' offense in the coming weeks.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The diagnosis has been confirmed by the Giants, with Cruz presumably done for the season, as a result of the serious knee injury that he sustained Sunday night.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The absence was merely a maintenance day following the arthroscopic surgery on his left knee that spurred an early end to Cruz's 2013 season. Although he's expected to return Tuesday, he has yet to be targeted through two preseason tilts as he prepares for a bounce-back campaign.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
On paper, Cruz's second year as a starter was a success. But if you look more closely, he took a big step back. Cruz's YPC plummeted from 18.7 to 12.7, and his YPT followed suit (11.7 to 7.6 – 23rd among the league’s 39 100-target WR). Cruz also tied for the league lead in drops (11) and finished third in drop percentage (7.7.) Still, there's plenty to like here. At 6-0, 204, Cruz has good size for a slot receiver with elite quickness. He's also dangerous after the catch and a very tough cover for opposing defensive backs. Cruz was also effective in the red zone, scoring on six of his 19 targets. With Hakeem Nicks likely to be healthier this year, Cruz will find himself splitting targets more often, but he should also have more room to operate and less pressure to carry the team’s passing game.
Were it not for a season-ending ACL injury to Giants No. 3 WR Domenik Hixon in Week 2, Cruz might still remain a secret to his own team. As it turns out, Cruz got into the mix in Week 3, and had 80 catches for 1,519 yards over his next 14 games. Prorated over a full season, that’s 1,736 yards or what would be the fourth highest total in NFL history. At just 6-0, 204, Cruz isn’t big, but he’s lightning quick in and out of his breaks and knows how to setup defenders instinctively to get open in the slot. He’s also dangerous with the ball in his hands, finishing second in the league in yards-after-the-catch to Wes Welker on 42 less targets. Among the league’s 32 100-target receivers, Cruz was first in both yards per target (11.7) and yards per catch (18.7), and he managed nine scores despite only eight red-zone targets and five looks from inside the 10. Cruz understandably is looking for the Giants to restructure his contract – he made just $450,000 in 2011 – but has vowed not to hold out irrespective of his status on that front. As such, he’ll return to the team as one of Eli Manning’s top targets alongside Hakeem Nicks, who is questionable for Week 1 with a foot injury. Nicks’ status shouldn’t affect Cruz too much – he’ll be both heavily targeted and heavily covered regardless of whether Nicks is on the field early in the year.
Reserve receiver vying for a role on the team.
Long shot to make the team as a reserve wideout.