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Cruz had three catches on six targets for 22 yards Sunday against the Falcons.

Coming off back-to-back games with over 100 yards, Cruz posted his worst receiving total of the season Sunday. Quarterback Eli Manning threw for only 200 yards, while connecting on touchdown passes with Rueben Randle and rookie Odell Beckham. Cruz is still the top wideout option in New York and could have a big performance in Week 6 against an Eagles defense that has allowed the most passing touchdowns and the fourth-most passing yards per game this season.

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Cruz had six catches for 108 yards on 10 targets in Thursday's 45-14 win over the Redskins.

While Cruz and Reuben Randle (8-89-0 on 10 targets) both had strong games, it was the Big Blue tight ends who gobbled up all four of Eli Manning's touchdown passes. Cruz nearly got in on the fun on the last play of the third quarter, but he was stopped two yards short of the goal line on a 20-yard gain. Even with Randle and TE Larry Donnell providing significant competition for targets, Cruz's stock is on the rise from its Week 2 nadir, due to his team's rediscovered offensive competence. The Giants also figure to add WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) to the mix in Week 5 or 6, but the rookie is more of a threat to Randle than to Cruz.

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Cruz had five catches on six targets for 107 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Texans.

Cruz opened the scoring Sunday with a 26-yard touchdown in the first quarter, which marked his first TD since Week 4 of last season. Quarterback Eli Manning actually threw four more passes to wideout Rueben Randle, but it was Cruz who was able to do most of the damage, including a 61-yard catch that made up a majority of his receiving yards. Up next is an enticing matchup Thursday against the Redskins, who allowed 325 yards and three touchdowns through the air to the Eagles in Week 3.

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Cruz had five catches on 10 targets for 60 yards Sunday against the Cardinals.

Cruz's output should have been better but he dropped a number of passes, an unfortunate issue that has become a trend in the early part of the season. He is still the top wideout option in New York, even though Rueben Randle snagged a touchdown Sunday. Tight end Larry Donnell has become quarterback Eli Manning's favorite target through the first two games, but Cruz's ability to break deep passes keeps him valuable in fantasy leagues.

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Cruz caught two passes for 24 yards on six targets in Monday's game against the Lions.

As Eli Manning continues to look awful, Cruz's 24 receiving yards were nearly good enough to lead Big Blue's wide receivers. Jerel Jernigan had four catches for 25 yards on seven targets, with Reuben Randle adding a pair of catches for one yard on three targets. TE Larry Donnell and RB Rashad Jennings combined for 106 of the Giants' 163 receiving yards. Cruz will have better days ahead, but in order to avoid a second straight disappointing season, he needs Manning to at least venture back to respectability.

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

Victor Cruz WR NYG 8 Months'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.

Victor Cruz WR NYG 11 Months

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.