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Draft Scout Victor Cruz News
03/26/15 - WR Victor Cruz won't be rushed back from a torn patellar tendon and subsequent surgery last October.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday the timetable with Cruz is highly conservative, and the team is going to count on him only after seeing him back on the field.
While Cruz is running straight ahead at the team facility as part of his rehab and Coughlin said he looks "good and light," the Giants are not sure he will be on the field for the regular-season opener in September, 11 months after he was hurt.
"I think he'll be the player he was, and hopefully better," Coughlin said. "As far as when, I would be careful. Hopefully, it's the first (regular-season) game. But if it isn't, we've done that before. We just went through it."
General manager Jerry Reese said last month that Cruz is considered a bonus entering 2015. The Giants view Odell Beckham Jr., the 12th overall pick in 2014 and Offensive Rookie of the Year, as the No. 1 receiver in Ben McAdoo's offense. Rueben Randle would start opposite Beckham if Cruz is not back.
Cruz's primary asset as a slot receiver was explosive speed and change-of-direction agility. If he doesn't prove the same type of explosion in offseason workouts, the Giants will not be surprised. The team is tempering expectations and not ruling out a return after the start of the regular season.
"You're not just going to throw him to the wind," Coughlin said.
03/05/15 - WR Victor Cruz, in an interview with the team's in-house broadcast team, reiterated that while he wants to make sure he is not rushing himself back in his rehab from a torn patellar injury suffered in October, he still has an eye on being ready for training camp.
"I just want to take my time and continue my rehab," he said, "but training camp is definitely my goal."
02/21/15 - WR Victor Cruz, who is recovering from a torn patellar tendon, is progressing on schedule, according to head coach Tom Coughlin.
"He has worked very hard. He looks good. It is a very regimented rehabilitation program," Coughlin said. "He has done a good job with it. He is where he should be. I think very shortly he is going to start running."
Cruz has expressed optimism that he will be ready for training camp, but until he actually begins running and cutting on turf, he still might be a while before he is ready to return to action.
10/15/14 - WR Victor Cruz was released from the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. He stopped by the team's headquarters for a brief visit before being whisked away in a limo. Coach Tom Coughlin said he spoke at length with Cruz on Tuesday and that the receiver was in good spirits.
10/14/14 - WR Victor Cruz underwent surgery for a torn patella tendon Monday and is out for the season