Cruz caught three of his seven targets for 31 yards Sunday against the Ravens. It was Odell Beckham's show, and Cruz played only a bit part. It was encouraging to see the Giants develop some rhythm on offense. though, and Cruz is still getting looks.
Cruz failed to catch his only target Sunday night against the Packers. uThe Giants offense as a whole simply did not move the ball, and there wasn't much to go around, but it's concerning Eli Manning hardly ever looked Cruz's way. He's still the team's No. 3 WR, but isn't usable until the offense picks up.
Cruz caught all three of his targets for 70 yards Sunday against the Redskins. Cruz continues to produce, but for some reason the Giants targeted him only three times against a banged-up Redskins secondary. He'll have a tougher matchup this week against the Vikings.
Cruz does not expect to be limited Week 1 against the Cowboys, the Giants' official website reports. Cruz logged 29 snaps in the third week of the preseason, suggesting he's ready to handle a full workload. The Giants list three starters at wide receiver on their depth chart, with Odell Beckham obviously at the top, followed by Sterling Shepard as the WR2 and Cruz as WR3. With no true fullback on the roster, Big Blue figures to deploy a three-wide base offense.
Cruz (groin) is expected to play one or two drives in Thursday's preseason finale against the Patriots, ESPN.com reports. Cruz logged 29 snaps Saturday against the Jets, making one catch for four yards in his first game action since October 2014. He also got open on a deep route, but the pass was incomplete because of an Eli Manning under-throw. Sterling Shepard, who is expected to serve as the No. 2 wide receiver, will also get a few snaps in Thursday's preseason finale. Health permitting, Cruz figures to serve as the No. 3 wideout, given New York's lack of depth at the position. Returning from an extended layoff, the extent of his offensive involvement remains to be seen, even if there's little question he'll get snaps.
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