PVictor Cruz
WR NYG (8)
1 month ago4 Comments

Cruz (calf) is taking part in individual drills at Tuesday's mandatory minicamp practice, Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

A report last week said Cruz wouldn't participate in the three-day minicamp, but he's apparently ready to run routes and catch passes without facing a defender. This bodes quite well for his training camp availability, as he was already tentatively expected to be ready for the start of camp. It remains to be seen if Cruz is still effective, having last played in a game Nov. 12, 2014. He may also have to compete with rookie second-rounder Sterling Shepard for snaps, though the Giants figure to once again rank among the NFL leaders in use of three-wide formations.

PVictor Cruz
WR NYG (8)
1 month ago

Cruz (calf) is unlikely to participate in the Giants' mandatory mini-camp next week, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Giants are hoping that Cruz will be ready for the start of training camp, but his chances of participating in their upcoming mini-camp appear to be slim. Given that Cruz missed all of last season due to lingering complications from the torn patella tendon he suffered midway through the 2014 campaign, the Giants will likely continue to be cautious with the veteran wideout. With Cruz seemingly sidelined until at least July, rookie Sterling Shepard could see increased reps with the first team during mini-camp.

PVictor Cruz
WR NYG (8)
2 months ago

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

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 (8)
2 months ago

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

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 (8)
3 months 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."

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 (8)
3 months ago2 Comments

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

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 (8)
4 months ago2 Comments

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

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 (8)
4 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.

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 (8)
5 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.

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 (8)
5 months ago3 Comments

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

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.