PVictor Cruz WR NYG 6 days ago

Cruz did not participate in team drills during the Giants' first day of OTAs Monday, NJ.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cruz was seen working with team trainers on the sideline during Monday's session, after which coach Ben McAdoo said the goal is to have Cruz back for training camp. Following a significant knee injury and subsequent calf strain, Cruz hasn't played since October of 2014, so the Giants are rightfully exercising caution and holding him out of team drills for the time being. While Cruz is limited to individual work, rookie second-rounder Sterling Shepard should continue to receive a thorough introduction to the Giants' offense.

PVictor Cruz WR NYG 3 weeks ago

Cruz (calf) said he's been on a "pitch count" during team drills, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cruz's participation in offseason workouts, albeit in a limited capacity, bodes well for his availability for OTAs and training camp. Giants GM Jerry Reese said in April that he expects Cruz to be ready for camp, but it's unclear what the veteran wideout will bring to the table, having last played in October 2014. Cruz will compete for playing time alongside Odell Beckham in a wideout group that also includes second-round rookie Sterling Shepard.

PVictor Cruz WR NYG 1 month ago2 Comments

Cruz (calf) stated Friday that he's "100 percent" at this time, NJ.com reports. "I'm feeling great," he said. "Workouts have been going amazing. Each day, it gets better and better. I'm excited to continue to train, continue that pattern, and see where it takes me...I feel good. No injuries, no ailments, nothing hurts, no pain."

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cruz may just be attempting to reassure himself and, by the proxy, the media after a pair of injury-riddled seasons. In fact, his last NFL snap occurred in October of 2014, as he's dealt with a torn right patellar tendon and calf injury in the interim. Cruz's comments occurred a few days removed from general manager Jerry Reese relaying that the wide receiver will be "full go" by training camp, so avoiding any setbacks as the offseason program continues will be key in assessing his potential to produce once draft season arrives.

PVictor Cruz WR NYG 1 month ago2 Comments

Giants GM Jerry Reese said the team's doctors are pleased with Cruz's (calf) progress.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Having last played in a game in October 2014, the 29-year-old Cruz agreed this offseason to reduce his 2016 salary from $5.5 million to $1.3 million, with the opportunity to earn some of that money back through incentives. A return to peak form is highly unlikely, but it does seem he has a shot to participate in offseason activities, and there's not much talent behind Odell Beckham on the pre-draft depth chart. If he's truly healthy, Cruz could compete for a key role.

PVictor Cruz WR NYG 2 months ago2 Comments

Cruz continues to improve in his rehabilitation from last year's season-ending injury to his left calf, NJ.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cruz last took an NFL snap in October of 2014, when he suffered a torn right patellar tendon, and a calf injury stemming from training camp 2015 lingered long enough to force a stay on injured reserve. After making enough progress in his recovery to start running by early February, he revealed on his personal Instagram account that he's able to take on a number of activities, including but not limited to sprinting, jumping on boxes, and weight training. If he follows his current pace and avoids a setback, he may not be a negligible participant in the Giants' offseason program.

PVictor Cruz WR NYG 3 months ago

Cruz (calf) has renegotiated his deal with the Giants, with his base salary reduced to $1.3 million with $5.5 million in performance incentives, Art Stapleton of the Bergen Record reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cruz is still in the process of rehabilitating the calf injury that has kept him off the field for most of the past two years. It's still unclear when Cruz will be ready to return to the Giants, hence a contract heavy on performance incentives. He resumed running earlier this month, and expecting him to be ready by the beginning of the season is likely overly optimistic.

PVictor Cruz WR NYG 3 months ago

Cruz has been informed by the Giants that he'll be released unless current negotiations for him to take a pay cut are completed, ESPN's Ed Werder reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cruz is due to make just under $8 million this season, yet the Giants' former star wideout hasn't played since injuring his knee in Week 6 of the 2014 campaign. As a result, the Giants are seeking that Cruz take a pay cut in order to remain in New York, which Cruz reportedly appears open to do. With fellow wideout Reuben Randle a free agent, retaining Cruz would help stabilize the Giants' receiving corp behind Odell Beckham Jr.

PVictor Cruz WR NYG 3 months ago3 Comments

Cruz (calf) has resumed running as his rehab progresses, NJ.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

"The calf is feeling really, really good," Cruz said in a video produced for Bleacher Report. It is still unclear if Cruz will return to the Giants, as he has a $9.9 million cap number and would likely have to take a pay cut to return. But if his rehab progresses as well as he says it is, it's hard to imagine the Giants would turn away a man who came two yards in 2013 away from three consecutive 1000-yard receiving seasons.

PVictor Cruz WR NYG 4 months ago

Cruz is recovering from a torn fascia in his left calf, which kept him from logging any snaps during the 2015 campaign, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After sustaining the ailment in mid-August, it was initially reported that Cruz was dealing with a sprain, but recurring inflammation forced the Giants to shut down the fifth-year wide receiver during a Week 11 bye. With the "very rare" diagnosis official, he's expected to be 100 percent once the healing process from season-ending surgery is complete. While the recovery from this injury is accompanied by no issues long-term, the rehab process will nonetheless be monitored closely as the offseason proceeds.

PVictor Cruz WR NYG 6 months ago7 Comments

Cruz announced that he will have season-ending surgery on his left calf.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cruz's 2015 season will come to a close without him making any appearances, as continued discomfort in his calf precluded him from returning following last season's serious knee injury. While Cruz will now look forward to taking the field next season, the Giants' receiving corp figures to remain unchanged moving forward this term.