Victor Cruz | WR | New York Giants
Posted: 3/4/2014 12:28am et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz said he believes he could be used like the Green Bay Packers use WR Randall Cobb, because offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo worked with the Packers in 2013. 'I do see myself as a Randall Cobb,' Cruz said. 'Hopefully I can sneak in that backfield for a couple plays. I don't know how effective that will be. But we'll definitely see where it takes us. But we'll see. I'm excited to be all over the field this year.' Cruz said he is completely recovered from the knee surgery he had in December. He has been working on weight training for now but hopes to start running routes by the end of March.
Huddle Up: The sooner Cruz gets healthy, the sooner he can start demonstrating his considerable skills first-hand for McAdoo--and the more likely McAdoo is to concoct plays to take advantage of Cruz, like the Packers have done for Cobb.
Posted: 1/26/2014 11:46pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz said he is very excited about the addition of offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo because he believes McAdoo will make the offense extremely explosive.
Huddle Up: This is a situation to watch as McAdoo brings a slice of the Packers' passing game east -- maybe just the remedy after the rugged off-season the Giants just got done struggling through.
Posted: 1/24/2014 11:21pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) said the rehab from his knee injury is going well and that his knee is responding to treatment.
Huddle Up: No news is good news when it comes to rehab, so as long as Cruz is staying out of the headlines and off the operating table everything's A-OK in New York.
Posted: 1/8/2014 12:45pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (concussion, knee) said he'll be ready for offseason training activities. He's off crutches and doing weight work.
Huddle Up: The Giants have some rebuilding to do with regards to their passing game, so having Cruz on board for offseason activities should help them hit the ground running next fall.
Posted: 12/26/2013 10:35pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 26, and has been ruled out for Week 17.
Huddle Up: As expected, Cruz has been shut down for the season, missing the team's final 2 games.
Posted: 12/25/2013 5:15pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: It's unlikely he plays this week, but keep an eye on his situation.
Posted: 12/19/2013 4:20pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Thursday, Dec. 19 and will miss the remainder of the season.
Huddle Up: As expected, a disappointing season has come to an early end for Cruz, who finished with 73 catches for 998 yards and 4 TDs -- but none since Week 4. Rueben Randle will now step into Giants' starting lineup alongside Hakeem Nicks.
Posted: 12/18/2013 2:32pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee, concussion) is not practicing Wednesday, Dec. 18, and head coach Tom Coughlin said Cruz's knee 'will probably prevent (Cruz) from doing anything.' The Giants are more concerned with his knee than his concussion.
Huddle Up: As expected. You should find an alternative.
Posted: 12/16/2013 12:05am et
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (concussion, knee) was unable to return to the Week 15 game against the Seattle Seahawks due to a concussion and knee injury. Head coach Tom Coughlin was uncertain if Cruz would be able to return for the final two regular season games.
Huddle Up: Updating an earlier report. It looks like you might need to find an alternative.
Posted: 12/15/2013 10:33pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (concussion, knee) left the Week 15 game with a concussion and a sprained knee. He will not return.
Huddle Up: Cruz has been a bitter disappointment for much of the season, and now you might be without him for your fantasy championship game if you got there. Plan accordingly.
Posted: 11/8/2013 4:57pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (neck) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 8, and is probable for Week 10.
Huddle Up: Cruz has shown steady progress throughout the week after sitting out Wednesday and practicing Thursday while wearing a red, non-contact jersey, so count on him being good to go on game day.
Posted: 10/28/2013 1:43am et
Updating a previous report, New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (stinger) said Sunday, Oct. 27, that he suffered a stinger in the Week 8 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. After having X-rays taken, he was able to return to the game and finish up. He ended up with 86 yards on seven receptions, and he was targeted 10 times.
Huddle Up: It was good to see him back on the field. David Wilson injured his neck and was nearly knocked out for the season.
Posted: 9/6/2013 5:42pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (heel) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 6, and is probable for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Count on having Cruz available, even though he's likely to be at something less than full health.
Posted: 9/5/2013 2:54pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (heel) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Sept. 5.
Huddle Up: Cruz has been limited all week, and Friday will be a big day to see if the wideout can possibly do a little more and give his fantasy owners some extra confidence heading into Sunday night's opener in Dallas.
Posted: 9/2/2013 12:18pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (heel) practiced Monday, Sept. 2. He looked good while running routes.
Huddle Up: Excellent news. See? We told you his absence in recent weeks was out of an abundance of caution.
Posted: 8/30/2013 6:20pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (foot) is unsure if he will practice Monday, Sept. 2, but still believes he will be ready for the team's Week 1 game.
Huddle Up: It's shaping up to be a week of watching and waiting for Cruz's fantasy owners.
Posted: 8/27/2013 8:15pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (heel) wants to return to the practice field Monday, Sept. 2, and get a couple of days of practice in before being ready for the team's Week 1 game. "Absolutely. That's definitely a date that, a target date for me," said Cruz, who's trying to heal a bruised left heel. 'I want to come out get some days of practice in as well, once the doctors let me and the training staff lets me do so. We're just taking it one day at a time."
Huddle Up: There will be some intensely interested fantasy owners on Labor Day as Cruz, on average, has been the 11th WR off the board in fantasy drafts with an ADP of 33.74.
Posted: 8/26/2013 2:52pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (heel) was walking around without wearing a walking boot at the team's facility Monday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: This is good news for Cruz owners who may have been worried about his early-season availability. As we suspected, the Giants were being cautious with their top receiver.
Posted: 8/20/2013 2:02pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (heel) said he expects to be ready for Week 1. He said he had an MRI that didn't reveal anything serious. He doesn't expect to practice before the season opener.
Huddle Up: Cruz may well play Week 1 but it's going to be tough to have fantasy faith in the WR if he doesn't take the practice field before then. See what develops, but prepare to have to make a judgment call if you're a Cruz owner.
Posted: 8/19/2013 5:54pm et
The New York Giants plan to hold out WR Victor Cruz (heel) until the start of the regular season. The team believes his heel injury will heal with rest and treatment.
Huddle Up: Updating the earlier news item. Once again, there is no reason for Cruz to continue playing during the preseason with a bruised heel. Monitor news out of New York in the meantime.
Posted: 8/19/2013 5:15pm et
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said WR Victor Cruz (heel) probably will not practice Tuesday, Aug. 20, because of the bruised heel he suffered in the team's second preseason game.
Huddle Up: At this point, there is no need for the Giants to rush Cruz back. He obviously knows the offense, and his chemistry with Eli Manning is intact. So long as this bruised heel is not a prolonged issue, you should still draft him with confidence.
Posted: 8/18/2013 8:48pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (heel) left Sunday night's preseason game on the Giants' first offensive possession with a foot injury and underwent X-rays. He has been diagnosed with a bruised heel after X-rays came back negative.
Huddle Up: Giants fans and Cruz owners received a dose of good news after the wideout's injury scare. The G-Men do have decent depth at receiver -- as long as fellow starter Hakeem Nicks is playing -- but there's definitely not another Cruz waiting around in the wings.
Posted: 7/17/2013 5:39pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz said he believes he deserved more than the $43 million he got in his five-year contract extension. He said it is tough to see other receivers getting more money even though he is as good or even better than they are.
Huddle Up: It's probably a bad sign that Cruz is already complaining about his contract and the ink isn't even dry. Is there a holdout in his five-year future? What if Hakeem Nicks gets paid more by the Giants? Just when we thought this story was over, it gets a little more interesting.
Posted: 7/8/2013 4:42pm et
The New York Giants will sign WR Victor Cruz to a five-year contract extension worth $43 million, which will begin after the one-year tender offer he signed this offseason. He is scheduled to make $45.879 million over the next six seasons with $15.6 million in guaranteed money.
Huddle Up: Cruz gets paid, which alleviates a bunch of concerns--for both the Giants and fantasy owners--heading into the season. Now the Giants can turn their attention to Hakeem Nicks' expiring contract and Cruz can get on the field and start racking up big numbers.
Posted: 6/14/2013 4:13pm et
New York Giants restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz has signed his one-year tender offer and will make $2.879 million this season. Cruz said the two sides will continue to discuss a long-term deal. Cruz could still hold out training camp, but he would be subject to a fine of $30,000 per day if he does not report. He could have lost $2.289 million if the Giants had retracted the tender offer on Monday, June 17, and replaced it with an offer of $590,000. At that rate for fines, Cruz could afford 76 days of them before he'd reach the $2.289 million for which he's signing his tender. A source said there were no indications that the team was going to rescind the offer, but Cruz didn't want to take the chance.
Huddle Up: So Cruz is inked, but there's still the possibility of a holdout. Not much has changed, and there's still nothing to worry about here unless and until we hit August and the Giants and Cruz have yet to agree on a new deal.
Posted: 6/8/2013 8:25pm et
New York Giants restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz is not expected to attend the team's mandatory minicamp next week unless he signs his tender offer or receives a new contract. The Giants will not be able to fine him for missing the minicamp because he is not under contract.
Huddle Up: Cruz's absence shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, nor should it cause too much concern among fantasy owners. If, however, the Giants and Cruz are still squabbling over his contract when training camp opens then it's time to worry.
Posted: 5/19/2013 4:28pm et
The New York Giants are making slow progress in contract talks with restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz on a long-term contract. The two sides are expected to resume negotiations this week.
Huddle Up: Slowly but surely the talks seem to be picking up steam as the Giants look to extend the deal of a highly productive wideout who ranks ninth in receptions (168), fifth in receiving yards (2,628) and eighth in TD grabs (19) in the league over the past 2 seasons.
Posted: 5/15/2013 9:51am et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz has lowered his demands to closer to what the team is offering. The team is believed to be offering nearly $8 million a year. There is optimism a deal will get done, but nothing is imminent.
Huddle Up: Everyone still expects something to get done between Cruz and the Giants, and this is a step in that direction. Still a couple months before any sense of urgency sets in, however.
Posted: 4/23/2013 10:01pm et
New York Giants owner John Mara said WR Victor Cruz's contract situation would get resolved. "It will get done at some point," Mara said. "Just be patient."
Huddle Up: Really, Mr. Mara? You do own a team representing the Big Apple where patience might as well be a foreign word with media and fans alike.
Posted: 4/20/2013 2:01pm et
New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese said the team is not sure if restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz will sign with the team before the start of the regular season. "I don't assume anything," Reese said. "We'll see. I can tell you this: when we get ready to play, when the season starts, we will have some good players out there. I'm not sure if Victor will be there or not."
Huddle Up: Seems like ominous words, but Cruz wants to be in New York and the Giants want him there so it's just a matter of time before the deal gets done.
Posted: 4/12/2013 2:17pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz has told at least two people he plans to stay with the team long term. Cruz, according to two sources, wants to take advantage of the business and marketing opportunities he envisions with Roc Nation, the marketing company Jay-Z founded.
Huddle Up: No surprise here: Cruz is in a great situation, and the Giants don't want to lose a key member of their passing game. Now the two sides just need to come together on a mutually agreeable financial settlement and everyone will be happy.
Posted: 4/10/2013 9:20pm et
New York Giants restricted free-agent WR Victor Cruz has been catching passes from QB Eli Manning this week. Cruz is hoping to sign a long-term contract extension with the team to remain one of Manning's favorite targets. The Giants have until April 19 to make a contract offer to Cruz if another team wants to make a run at Cruz. New York would receive a first-round pick as compensation if they can't match another team's offer. Manning also worked out with WRs Hakeem Nicks and Louis Murphy.
Huddle Up: Giants fans are skittish as long as Cruz hasn't inked a long-term deal to remain in blue, but the fact that he's working out with the team's franchise quarterback should indicate his intention is to remain with the Giants.
Posted: 4/3/2013 2:19pm et
New York Giants WR Victor Cruz's recent change in his representation to CAA was made in anticipation of Jay-Z's Roc Nation and their pending affiliation with the group.
Huddle Up: This is a big deal because of the impending negotiations for Cruz's new deal. On the bright side, the change in representation should give Cruz a leg up when he launches his hip-hop career.
Posted: 3/18/2013 12:01am et
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay did not deny the team is still pursuing a free-agent help at the wide receiver position, but denied the team is in the hunt for one specific receiver. 'It's not (restricted free-agent New York Giants WR Victor Cruz),' Irsay said Sunday, March 17.
Huddle Up: As long as Cruz is waiting for a new deal from the Giants, his name is going to keep getting recycled through the rumor mill. That's to be expected after recording back-to-back seasons with at least 82 catches, 1,082 yards and 9 TDs playing for a team in the league's biggest media market.