Victor Cruz, WR, Giants
|WR - #22||38.97||NYG||Active||5 years||27||6'0||204||@TeamVic|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-15-2014 by Rob Warner
Last season, the UMass alum (famous for his end zone tango) saw a dip in production as he only reached the end zone four times in 2013 after compiling 19 scores over the previous two seasons. The 27-year-old receiver is entering the second year of a $46 million contract that runs through 2018. Cruz missed two games last season with a knee injury, but has declared himself 100-percent for OTAs. He is expected to fill a similar role as Randall Cobb in Ben McAdoo's offense (formerly with Packers since 2006), which should make him an elite fantasy performer (especially in PPR leagues). Over the past three seasons, Cruz is averaging 80 catches for 1,208 yards (78 YPG) and 15 YPC. He sits on the fringe of WR1 status based on ADP data (WR14, 38.37). Cruz finished last season as the 29th-best fantasy WR (fourth in 2011 & 13th in 2012). Some improvements from his quarterback and the team's offensive line would give him more time to get downfield and make plays. He should have no problems meeting WR2 expectations.
Editor's note: Cruz hasn't been himself in a long time. His draft position is still very kind considering his poor stats, but that speaks to his immense talent and potential. He is a very risky WR2 with an offense that has done him no favors as of late.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Monday that his feel for new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo's system is "not to where I want it to be." The same could be said for his top wideout.
Victor Cruz told Paul Dottino of WFAN radio on Tuesday that his comfort level with the offense is currently at an eight out of 10.
This is why we have training camp. In due time, Manning, Cruz, and the entire Giants' offense will get the reps required to fully understand what McAdoo wants. Once they do, I think this system will be a boon for all involved. McAdoo is implementing a lot of things similar to what Mike McCoy brought to San Diego last season, and that helped turn Philip Rivers' career around.
Manning is now the one who needs help in finding his old form, and I think he will with Cruz playing a major factor. The Giants will call for many more quick-hitting passes this season which will allow Cruz to get the ball over the middle of the field and then use his quickness to rack up a ton of YAC. He is going to be a steal as a WR2. Manning has plenty of value as he has now dropped into the 20s among QBs in drafts.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors7/22 - Giants WR Victor Cruz not yet totally comfortable with offense
7/19 - Giants WR Odell Beckham might be a decoy often this year
6/24 - Giants seeing WR Rueben Randle more focused, taking his job more seriously
6/23 - Giants QB Eli Manning 'rejuvenated' in new offense
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2013 Mock Draft Results
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
|3.09||FFToolbox - Chris Weeks|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
|3.04||Zach Law on Sports|
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
|3.09||World Ranked #20|
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