Cruz may just be attempting to reassure himself and, by proxy, the media after a pair of injury-riddled seasons. In fact, his last NFL snap occurred in October of 2014, as he's dealt with a torn right patellar tendon and calf injury in the interim. Cruz's comments occurred a few days removed from general manager Jerry Reese relaying that the wide receiver will be "full go" by training camp, so avoiding any setbacks as the offseason program continues will be key in assessing his potential to produce once draft season arrives.
Having last played in a game in October 2014, the 29-year-old Cruz agreed this offseason to reduce his 2016 salary from $5.5 million to $1.3 million, with the opportunity to earn some of that money back through incentives. A return to anything approaching his peak form is highly unlikely, but it does seem he has a shot to participate in offseason activities, and there's not much talent behind Odell Beckham on the pre-draft depth chart. If he's truly healthy, Cruz could compete for a key role.
Victor Cruz continues to improve in his rehabilitation from last year's season-ending injury to his left calf, NJ.com reports.
Cruz last took an NFL snap in October of 2014, when he suffered a torn right patellar tendon, and a calf injury stemming from training camp 2015 lingered long enough to force a stay on injured reserve. After making enough progress in his recovery to start running by early February, he revealed on his personal Instagram account that he's able to take on a number of activities, including but not limited to sprinting, jumping on boxes, and weight training. If he follows his current pace and avoids a setback, he may not be a negligible participant in the New York Giants ' offseason program.
Victor Cruz (calf) has renegotiated his deal with the New York Giants , with his base salary reduced to $1.3 million with $5.5 million in performance incentives, Art Stapleton of the Bergen Record reports.
Cruz is still in the process of rehabilitating the calf injury that has kept him off the field for most of the past two years. It's still unclear when Cruz will be ready to return to the Giants, hence a contract heavy on performance incentives. He resumed running earlier this month, and expecting him to be ready by the beginning of the season is likely overly optimistic.
Cruz is due to count $9.9 million against the salary cap in 2016, leaving only quarterback Eli Manning as a more expensive Giant, yet New York's former star wideout hasn't played since injuring his knee in Week 6 of the 2014 campaign. As a result, the team is understandably seeking that Cruz take a pay cut in order to remain in New York, which Cruz reportedly appears open to do. With fellow wideout Rueben Randle a free agent, retaining Cruz would help stabilize the Giants' receiving corp behind Odell Beckham Jr.
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