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Cruz (knee) didn't take part in Monday's practice, NJ.com reports.

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.

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NJ.com's Jordan Raanan believes "100 receptions is a real possibility" for Victor Cruz in new OC Ben McAdoo's offense.

Raanan confirms Cruz is "playing the role of Randall Cobb" in ex-Packers assistant McAdoo's system, "and being moved all over the field." The Giants do not have a starting-caliber tight end, and outside receivers Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham are both relatively unproven. Cruz projects as a high-volume receiver, giving him a bump in PPR leagues. His ADP is the early fourth round.

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Victor Cruz said the new Giants offense is "definitely a little bit more pass happy than the offense we've had in the past."

Packers product Ben McAdoo has installed an up-tempo, spread, quick-hitting West Coast scheme that Cruz fits like a glove. "It enhances my skills," he said. "Anytime a receiver can get the ball in his hands quicker, it's beneficial." Cruz will be playing the Randall Cobb slot role and has set 100 catches as a goal. Cobb had 80 receptions while playing 15 games as a 22-year-old NFL sophomore in 2012.

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GM Jerry Reese said Victor Cruz is strictly an inside receiver.

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Victor Cruz (knee) reiterated at last week's workouts that he's 100 percent healed and a full-go.

Cruz underwent a knee scope on Dec. 19, causing him to sit out the final two games of the season. It's no longer a concern. Cruz, still just 27 years old, will be a prime bounce-back candidate in 2014 as he plays the Randall Cobb role in new OC Ben McAdoo's offense.

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Victor Cruz says he has already fully recovered from his December 19 knee scope.

Cruz resumed weightlifting a week and a half ago, and will be running routes full speed by the end of March. The Giants have since hired ex-Packers QBs coach Ben McAdoo as offensive coordinator. "I do see myself as a Randall Cobb," said Cruz. "Hopefully I can sneak in that backfield for a couple plays. ... But we'll see. I'm excited to be all over the field this year."

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Victor Cruz said Friday that the rehab from his December 19 knee scope "is going extremely well."

Cruz remains on track with his two-month recovery timetable and expects to be cleared in time for OTAs. He's signed for $4 million in 2014 and will return as the Giants' top receiver.

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Victor Cruz says the Giants' receivers had a "disconnect" with Eli Manning this season.

"I want to make it a point to get with Eli a little bit more, get with our quarterbacks a little bit more and get the receiving corps together as much as we can to kind of build that more," Cruz said. Both Cruz and Hakeem Nicks missed a chunk of the offseason due to contract disputes and/or injury. Cruz finished an underwhelming season with 998 yards and four touchdowns, while Eli's tossed 26 picks.

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Victor Cruz anticipates a 1 1/2-2 month rehab period following his December 19 knee scope.

Coach Tom Coughlin has confirmed Cruz will likely be ready for the Giants' offseason program, and Cruz reiterated as much on Friday. "I expect to be fully healthy and getting after it during OTAs," said Cruz. Cruz is signed for $4 million in 2014 and will return as New York's top wide receiver.

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Giants coach Tom Coughlin confirmed he expects Victor Cruz (knee) to be ready for the team's offseason program.

Cruz underwent arthroscopic surgery on Thursday, but the procedure was minor enough that he shouldn't have any issues getting cleared for offseason workouts and is on track to participate in the Giants' late-spring minicamp. Rueben Randle will replace Cruz in the starting lineup for the final two games of the regular season, with Jerrel Jernigan playing in the slot.