Cruz (groin) played 29 snaps and had one catch on two targets against the Jets Saturday. He was open deep on one play, but Eli Manning underthrew him.
Cruz emerged unscathed from the contest and now has a chance to stick as the team's No. 2 or No. 3 option. That said, it's still unclear if he can handle daily practices and taking hits on a regular basis. But Saturday's showing was encouraging, and Cruz is still in the mix for the No. 2 or No. 3 receiver job.
Cruz (groin) will play in Saturday's preseason game against the Jets, Newsday's Art Stapleton reports.
Hobbled by a groin injury through the first two weeks of the preseason, Cruz will finally return to game action for the first time since October of 2014. Despite the extended layoff, he hopes to lock down the No. 3 wideout job in a Giants receiving corps that lacks talent behind starters Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard.
Head coach Ben McAdoo expects Cruz (groin) to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Jets. "I'm ready," Cruz added. "It feels like a long time since I've been out there. ... Now it comes to life this Saturday."
A groin injury has impacted Cruz's ability to practice and kept him sidelined during the Giants' first two preseason contests. With back-to-back full practices Tuesday and Wednesday, though, the team's training staff is likely confident that the oft-injured wideout can handle the rigors of game action for the first time since October of 2014.
Cruz practiced for the second straight day Wednesday and looks ready to play in Saturday's game against the Jets, SNY reports. "Victor looked great," Giants offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan said. "He has had two strong days, got a lot of balls thrown to him. I'm excited about where he is, and hopefully he will have his opportunity against the Jets."
It's encouraging Cruz bounced back from his work in Tuesday's practice without a setback. If he's able to play well in Saturday's preseason game, he's got a good chance to begin the year as one of the Giants' top three receivers.
Cruz beat some reserve cornerbacks off the line and took short passes for long gains during the drills. If his body responds well, he'll have a chance to play in the team's third preseason game against the Jets on Saturday. Cruz has some upside as a second or third receiver, but if he has any setbacks he could also be cut.
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