For at least one week,
Cruz got off to a very promising start, as his first catch late in the first quarter went for 61 yards. Cruz took a slant pass and ran past a few defenders before finally being dragged down at the Texans' 15-yard line.
Cruz then really put in work to get his first touchdown of the season and put the Giants up 7-0 in the second quarter. Cruz caught a short pass from Eli Manning, stopped on a dime, made a defender miss and then outran another defender to the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown with 3:21 left before halftime. It was his first touchdown in 13 games.
Cruz, who has 18 career 100-yard games (including playoffs), finished with five catches on six targets. The Giants are back in action Thursday at Washington.
He now has just seven catches for 84 yards this season and we're still waiting for our first salsa dance.
The Texans were beat up by James Jones last week at Oakland when he had nine catches for 112 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets, and Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson combined for 18 catches and 139 yards against Houston in Week 1.
But until Cruz starts to play like the receiver we know and love it's hard to trust him as anything more than a No. 3 receiver in deeper leagues.
For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.
The Giants host Houston on Sunday. Cruz has seven catches for 84 yards this season and has not scored a touchdown in 12 straight games.
Cruz was pretty non-existent in the passing game early Week 2. His first intended pass on the opening drive was intercepted, and he didn't get his first catch until there was less than 4 minutes left in the second half. But he would have three catches on his team's final drive before halftime.
Cruz was targeted a team-high 10 times Sunday, included six in the second half. He was even targeted on a 26-yard pass into the end zone, but he didn't get a chance to make the play as Patrick Peterson was called for pass interference, which set up a 1-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Fells.
Unfortunately, Cruz had three unofficial drops in the second half, which could have resulted in three first-down catches had he made the plays. He finished with five catches for 60 yards, which included a long reception of 27 yards.
Cruz's scoreless streak has reached 12 games dating back to last season. The Giants are back in action Week 3 against Houston.
"In order for us to be successful, I think there needs to be an increased number of targets in my direction," Cruz told the New York Daily News.
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|6||10/12/14||@ PHI||8:30 pm|
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|Bye: Week 8|
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|2013||New York Giants||14||12||73||998||13.7||70||4||10||3||45|
|2014||New York Giants||3||3||12||191||15.9||61||1||4||1||6|
|2010||New York Giants||3||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New York Giants||16||7||1||3||3.0||3||0||0||0|
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|2014||New York Giants||3||3||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
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|2011||New York Giants||16||3||2||12||4.0||11||0||0|
|2012||New York Giants||16||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Giants||14||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2014||New York Giants||3||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2010||New York Giants||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||New York Giants||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New York Giants||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New York Giants||14||4||4.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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