Victor Cruz | WR | New York Giants
Posted: 4/23/2015 11:20pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) said he believes that he will be ready to play in the season opener next season and play like he did before he suffered the injury. "Absolutely," Cruz said at a news conference Thursday, April 23. "There is not a doubt in my mind that I'll be out there playing on that field. It's just a matter of getting myself back to 100 percent, but as of now, definitely, there is zero doubt in my mind that I'll be playing in that first game, and that I'll be back to the player I was."
Huddle Up: Cruz was injured closer to the beginning of the 2014 season (Week 6) than the end, but the injury was a serious one -- tearing the patellar tendon -- and it marked the second straight season Cruz's year was cut short by a knee injury. More power to the WR and his recovery, but don't be shocked if he proves to be overly optimistic and either misses a few games or is slow in rounding into form to start the season. Either way, though, Cruz will find himself in the immense fantasy shadow of second-year teammate Odell Beckham Jr. in drafts this summer and should have mid-to later-round value.
Posted: 4/16/2015 4:14pm et
The New York Giants do not know whether and to what extent WR Victor Cruz (knee) will recover from the severe knee injury he suffered last season. He might not be ready for the start of training camp, and if he can go Cruz is expected to be on a somewhat limited program.
Huddle Up: Until further notice, fantasy GMs should be counting on Odell Beckham, Larry Donnell and Rueben Randle -- probably in that order -- to be Eli Manning's top targets this coming season while limiting their expectations for Cruz until we get a better idea of how his recovery is coming along.
Posted: 3/25/2015 4:26pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) could miss the start of the 2015 season with a torn patellar tendon in his knee, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Cruz's goal is to be ready for Week 1.
Huddle Up: No bueno for Cruz; if there's concern about his availability for Week 1 that means he could miss training camp reps and could need game time to work himself back into playing shape. Keep him on the back burner of your fantasy plans until we get a better look at how his rehab is progressing this August.
Posted: 2/19/2015 11:58pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) may commence running shortly, according to head coach Tom Coughlin. Cruz is recovering from a torn right patellar tendon in his right knee.
Huddle Up: If Cruz was going to suffer such a tough knee injury, at least it came somewhat early in the season (Week 6), giving him a little extra time for rehab and recovery. We'll continue to monitor his progress throughout the offseason.
Posted: 10/14/2014 4:15pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) won't ever be the same after his season-ending knee injury, according to Dr. David Chao. "He can return to 100 percent, but it (his knee) is a car in a car accident," said Chao, a former NFL team physician. "Never brand new when fixed." There is no timetable for Cruz's rehab, and there is no prognosis for the rest of his career. His injury could rob him of his explosiveness and change-of-direction ability. A handful of NFL players have returned from this type of injury, but none of them discovered their elite form. A torn patellar tendon can't be fixed arthroscopically, so it needs a massive open procedure that will require lengthy and painful rehab. Cruz will need to rebuild the muscles around the tendon, and it'll likely be 6 months before he can even try to run again.
Huddle Up: Just a crushing turn of developments for the undrafted free agent who took the NFL by storm in 2011 when he debuted with 82 catches for 1,536 yards and 9 TDs. He was off to a 23-337-1 start this season.
Posted: 10/13/2014 3:46pm et
Updating previous reports, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) is scheduled to undergo surgery to repair his torn patellar tendon.
Huddle Up: Cruz is done for the year. Odell Beckham will move into the starting lineup with Preston Parker getting first crack at slot receiver. Beckham is a must-add in all formats if he's still on the waiver wire.
Posted: 10/13/2014 10:35am et
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) was taken off on a cart after suffering a torn patellar tendon in his right knee. As he was carted off, he was sobbing on the way back to the locker room.
Huddle Up: Cruz will miss the rest of the 2014 season. It's an opportunity for Odell Beckham Jr. to claim more looks in the Giants' passing game, though as a whole New York's offense looked lousy Sunday night against the Eagles.
Posted: 9/18/2014 10:02am et
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.
Huddle Up: Maybe the Giants should demand that Cruz catch the ball better? The new-look Giants offense is still a work in progress, as is Cruz's role in said offense.
Posted: 9/9/2014 7:31pm et
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.
Huddle Up: Cruz and Randle owners shouldn't have been expecting too much out of the gate following the first team's offensive struggles in the preseason, but 9 combined targets and 4 total receptions for the duo was nightmarish. See if things improve in Week 2 and if not, it might be time to start mapping out the quickest route to the panic button.
Posted: 8/12/2014 11:42pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) was seen limping following a collision in one-on-one drills at practice Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Huddle Up: We haven't heard anything to suggest this wasn't anything more than your typical camp bump or bruise. If so, Cruz should be back on the field Wednesday.
Posted: 8/11/2014 8:42pm et
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) simply had a maintenance day while missing practice Monday, Aug. 11 according to a source.
Huddle Up: Nothing to be overly concerned about with the Giants' top wideout, who currently owns an ADP in the low 30s as the 14th WR, on average, coming off the board.
Posted: 4/24/2014 1:08am et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) said he is 100 percent healthy and will not be limited during offseason workouts.
Huddle Up: Good news on the Cruz front, as he'll need all the reps he can get in the Giants' revamped offense--especially if he's hoping to replicate the Randall Cobb role in Ben McAdoo's offense.