27-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 had five catches on 10 targets for 60 yards Sunday against the Cardinals.
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Victor Cruz: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
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.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)With Hakeem Nicks no longer in the team's wideout mix, the Giants will be counting on a healthy Cruz returning to top form in 2014, after a 2013 campaign in which he recorded 73 catches for 998 yards in 14 contests, while seeing his TD output decrease from the 10 that he recorded in 2012 to just four.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Cruz appears to be near full strength, but the real news here are his targeted aspirations regarding his role in the offense of ex-Packers QB coach Ben McAdoo. Similar to Randall Cobb in the sense that he could see a few snaps in the backfield, Cruz wishes to be a dynamic but also a deep threat out of the slot position. If this vision comes to fruition, Cruz could be headed for a fantasy turnaround in 2014.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Meanwhile, Cruz, who suffered a concussion in Week 15, has cleared the NFL's concussion protocols, but his knee procedure will end his 2013 season, which sets the stage for Jerrel Jernigan to assume the Giants' slot receiver duties down the stretch.
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.