Following a week of practice sans further setbacks, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo says Cruz will suit up and play against the New York Jets on Saturday night.
Cruz barely got his hands on the ball while Manning's first-team offense endured yet another ugly preseason night, shut out for the second straight week. Eli Manning was just 4-of-9 passing for 44 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions last week in New York's loss to the Bills.
Just the way the Giants want him to be September 11 in Dallas.
Highlights were hard to find for the Giants offense against the Jets on Saturday night, but one came on a four-yard gain in the third quarter. What's missing is the third receiver, the elusive, quick, explosive player out of the slot - exactly what Cruz used to be. Below I recount two momentum-shifting plays that took place the last two times the Giants and the Jets played each other, and changed the outcomes of each team's regular season (because that's all that really matters). But Manning's pass was underthrown and too far inside, and it was nearly intercepted by safety Marcus Gilchrist.
Jets second-rounder Christian Hackenberg began trending on Twitter after he went 4 of 6 for 79 yards on his first National Football League drive, capping it with a 10-yard TD throw to Robby Anderson.
Cruz's touchdown helped propel the Giants to win the game against the Jets 29-14. Backup Ryan Nassib wasn't able to redeem himself after a poor week 1 performance by going 2-12 for 25 yards.
Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz played for the first time since 2014, catching a pass for 4 yards.
Ryan Nassib's 11-yard touchdown pass to Tavarres King with 2:31 to play gave the Giants a 21-20 victory in their annual preseason showdown against the Jets on Saturday night.
He had been nicked up earlier this month in training camp with a strained groin. Forte, signed in March after eight seasons in Chicago, had 28 yards on 10 carries and added two catches for 9 yards. He's been welcomed by the wide receiver who's taken over in his absence. Usually I don't focus much on the opponent in the preseason. Meanwhile, Victor Cruz played in his first game since October 12, 2014, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in Philadelphia.
Carr capped the opening drive with a 6-yard TD pass to rookie DeAndre Washington and almost had a third TD, but he missed an open Clive Walford in the end zone in the closing minute of the first half. The focus was not on the run game for NY as they only racked up 35 yards on 9 carries with Bilal Powell leading the way for the Jets with 23 yards on 3 attempts. Hackenberg is trying to earn a roster spot for the Jets, who now have four quarterbacks. Fullback Nikita Whitlock injured his foot, and linebacker Jonathan Casillas, who was having a productive preseason, has a rib injury. Bowles said the veteran will have additional tests Sunday.
"He got through a good practice on our "Wednesday practice" on Tuesday", said McAdoo. "There is definitely some room for improvement, but we will go on from here".
"I'm ready", Cruz said upon taking the podium, flashing that megawatt smile of his that fans have come to know and love.