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OBJ's future with Giants 00:01:58
Daily News Live attempts to find the right time for the Giants to offer Odell Beckham Jr. a contract extension.

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said he believes teammate Odell Beckham Jr. needs to control his emotions more in order to reach his full potential as a star, he said on WFAN, according to the New York Post.

"I think he's on track to reach his full potential,'' Cruz said. "But I think having those outbursts are going to hinder him in some regard, whether it's continued negative press or whatever the case may be. He has to find a way to just control himself and not do those things in such an angry regard after games like that.''

Cruz, who joined Beckham on the wide receivers' trip to Miami following the Giants' regular-season finale, defended the trip as a day off before they returned to practice that Tuesday in preparation for the wild-card game against the Green Bay Packers.

"This isn't something that was a mystery to me or something I was shocked at," Cruz said. "I understood where we were going and what we were doing. It was all on our day off in good fun. So there is nothing with that. I think it gets really over-hyped, for whatever reason.''

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz
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Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan tackles New York Giants tight end Will Tye in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)
Green Bay Packers inside linebacker Jake Ryan tackles New York Giants tight end Will Tye in the NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Of all the things that could've gone wrong for the New York Giants this season, the last thing anyone expected to malfunction was the offense. They had brought back all their key pieces from a top-10 offense, including their play-caller, their quarterback and one of the best receivers in football.

Yet the offense was a disaster, almost right from the start.

The Giants will likely spend the next few weeks and months trying to figure out how it all disintegrated so quickly and why an offense that was ranked in the top 10 for both of Ben McAdoo's two years as offensive coordinator plummeted to 26th in his first year as head coach. The Giants scored almost a touchdown less per game in 2016 than they did one year earlier and gained about 40 yards fewer per game

Tags: Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Green Bay Packers, Larry Donnell, Odell Beckham Jr., Paul Perkins, Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Giants head coach Ben McAdoo said the team will have "a bad taste in their mouths for a while" afte their season-ending loss to the Packers on Sunday.

McAdoo also weighed in on a host of other topics, saying...

  • 11 wins is tough to get, but the Giants have built a strong foundation.
  • The Giants "obviously fell short from an offensive perspective" against the Packers.
  • On WR Odell Beckham, Jr. punching a hole in a wall at Lambeau Field after the game, McAdoo said "we and I take full responsibility for that. That's not the way we want to act after ballgames."
  • He wants WR Victor Cruz and DE Jason Pierre-Paul back next season.

 

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz

 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

GREEN BAY, Wisc. - Victor Cruz insisted he never once thought that he might have been playing his last game as a Giant on Sunday, even though he surely knows there's a good chance that he was.

But with his future up in the air now that the Giants' season is over, Cruz made it clear he wants to return to the only team he's ever known.

"Absolutely," Cruz said after the Giants' 38-13 wild-card loss to the Packers. "This is family. This is home. I don't know anywhere else. I don't want to know anywhere else."

Tags: Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. walks off the field following Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau FIeld. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. walks off the field following Sunday's 38-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau FIeld. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- Odell Beckham Jr. wants desperately to be considered the biggest of big-time performers. He insists on being in the spotlight. He craves everyone's attention.

That's why it was so shocking -- disappointing, really -- that on the biggest stage of his life, Beckham came up so small.

Tags: Green Bay Packers, Jonathan Casillas, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. cannot catch a pass against Green Bay Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. cannot catch a pass against Green Bay Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter in the NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent via USA TODAY Sports)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

GREEN BAY, Wisc. -- In the beginning, the game couldn't have been any better for the New York Giants. Their defense was absolutely dominating the Green Bay Packers. The offense was even moving the ball.

In the end, what beat the Giants was the same thing that beat them all season long: themselves.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Stats and Facts: Packers 00:01:02
SNY.tv takes a statistical look at the Giants' first-round playoff opponent, the Green Bay Packers.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

A look at some of the interesting and key statistics ahead of the wild-card showdown on Sunday in Green Bay between the Giants (11-5) and the Packers (10-6):

  • The Packers were once considered invincible at Lambeau Field. They had never lost a postseason game there (13-0) until the Atlanta Falcons stunned them in the 2002 wild-card game. Since the streak ended, though, the Packers are 4-5 in playoff games at home.
  • The Giants, having beaten the Packers in the playoffs at Lambeau Field in 2007 and 2011, are the only visiting team in history to ever beat the Packers in consecutive playoff games in Green Bay...
Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) warms up before a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) warms up before a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and Mets infielder Wilmer Flores will receive the Thurman Munson award.

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Miami Vice 00:03:33
Daily News Live debates whether the Giants wide receivers' decision to fly to Miami on their off day was a good one.

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - For just a moment on Tuesday it sounded like Eli Manning was serious, like he really was bothered by the sight of his receivers, shirtless, on a party boat in Miami during their off day, six days before the start of the playoffs.

But that's not Manning's style. Dry humor is more his thing.

Tags: Eli Manning, Jonathan Casillas, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Giants Insider: Welcome to Miami 00:03:02
Pat Leonard discusses the merits of the Giants reportedly flying to Miami for a night of partying after the Week 17 win over the Redskins.

Giants wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr.Sterling ShepardVictor Cruz, and Roger Lewis were seen partying in Miami with Justin Bieber and rappers Fabolous and Trey Songz on Sunday night following New York's win over the Redskins.

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz
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New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. continued his rivalry with cornerback Josh Norman by trolling him on Instagram following the Giants' 19-10 win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Beckham posted a photo from the game of himself running past Norman with the caption "'Everybody got a deal, I did it without one...' #OnToTheNext", lyrics from a Drake song that is a shot at Norman's contract.

Norman signed a five-year, $75 million deal with Washington in the offseason after the Carolina Panthers, his former team, released him due to his contract. 

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Washington Redskins
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 (Tim Heitman (USA Today))
(Tim Heitman (USA Today))

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY:

Victor Cruz was named the winner of the 16th annual George Young Good Guy Award, as voted on by the Giants' chapter of the Professional Football Writers of America.

Cruz is the first two-time winner in the history of the award, which was named for the late general manager of the Giants. It's given annually to honor a Giants player for his consistent and outstanding cooperation with the writers who cover the team on a daily basis.

Cruz, who also won the award in 2011, has long been one of the most accessible and cooperative players throughout his entire Giants career, no matter how difficult the circumstances. He became a media darling when he broke into the league with his sensational 2011, but he's never ducked reporters or questions, even as the topic turned to injuries and declining performance over the years.

Tags: Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Cruz's message to Patriots 00:02:49
The Daily News Live panel discusses Victor Cruz's comments about a possible third Super Bowl matchup between the Giants and the Patriots.

Victor Cruz says the Patriots don't want to see the Giants this season in a potential Super Bowl rematch.

"They don't want to see us," Cruz told Seth Walder of the Daily News. "I'm sure if you ask them (they'd say) they'd play anybody, they don't care. I'm sure they don't want to see us. That's for sure."

The Giants beat the Patriots, 17-14, in Super Bowl XLII on Feb. 3, 2008, ruining New England's perfect season.

In Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012, the Giants beat the Patriots, 21-17, with Cruz catching four passes for 25 yards and one touchdown.

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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo coaches against the Baltimore Ravens during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Tom Coughlin's decision to go for it in the 2007 regular-season finale is a big part of his legend. Faced with a meaningless game against a Patriots team trying to complete the NFL's first 16-0 season, the Giants coach decided to risk it all to see if his team could prevent history. 

They couldn't, but Coughlin and the Giants earned the respect of everyone around football. And more importantly, the confidence they gained in defeat was the springboard to their own historic championship run.

Tags: Eli Manning, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills breaks up a pass intended for New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

PHILADELPHIA -- Odell Beckham Jr. has spent all season battling the officials, so he certainly wasn't surprised by what he saw on Thursday. Once again, there were a series of inexplicable penalty calls and non-calls, and the Giants were pretty sure it all went against them.

"We know what it is over here," Beckham said after the Giants' 24-19 loss to the Eagles. "We know what it's always going to be. We're not looking for any calls. We've just got to play through it. That's the bottom line."

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, John Jerry, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Philadelphia Eagles, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning passes as he is pressured by Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox in the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning passes as he is pressured by Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox in the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. (James Lang/USA Today Sports Images)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV: 

PHILADELPHIA -- There were several common threads between the New York Giants' last two Super Bowl runs, but one of the most important ones was this: Eli Manning, in 2007 and 2011, played brilliantly when it mattered the most.

And that is absolutely not happening now.

There are reasons why, and it's not all Manning's fault, but that doesn't really matter as the Giants head (they hope) for their first playoff berth in five seasons. Manning, as the Giants' franchise quarterback, needs to find a way to rise above his team's problems and carry them on his shoulders, and he hasn't figured out how to do that with this team yet.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Philadelphia Eagles, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye
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 (Scott Galvin)
(Scott Galvin)

When the Giants get to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia prior to Thursday night's game, WR Victor Cruz will visit the spot in the end zone where he suffered a career-altering knee injury on Oct. 12, 2014.

"I don't think I need to," Cruz said Tuesday, "but I will (visit the spot). But yeah, just to kind of reflect and reflect on that moment and reflect on that time, reflect on that feeling and then kind of wash my hands of it and then start to play."

Cruz landed awkwardly on his right leg during the play and was carted off the field. He then underwent reconstructive surgery but suffered a calf injury to the same leg that helped cost him the entire 2015 season.

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz
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 (Robert Deutsch (USA Today))
(Robert Deutsch (USA Today))

In what might have been Victor Cruz's final home game as a member of the Giants, the team came away with a victory against the Lions, 17-6.

Cruz finished with only one reception for 29 yards. Though his contributions were limited, he was encouraged by the team's well-balanced offensive attack against the Lions.

"It helps a lot. Obviously it keeps defenses off balance because they don't know what's coming. You want to make sure that you are keeping them off balance," Cruz said. "Being that way today really helped, especially that opening drive, getting the ball in the end zone, running the ball well, getting the first down, that's what we want to do."

Tags: Victor Cruz, Tim Reilly
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 (The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE)
(The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE)

Ralph Vacchiano: SNY.TV:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - It has been more than two years since Victor Cruz reached the end zone at the Meadowlands and performed his famous salsa dance in front of the home crowd. It would be "icing on the cake" of his comeback, he said, if he could do that in the final home game of the season.

It would be even more emotional considering it could be the final home game of Cruz's Giants career, too.

Tags: Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.TV:

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Giants aren't just a one-dimensional offense, they are a one-trick offense. It's as if their entire game plan is to muddle along and keep the game close until Odell Beckham finds a way to explode.

Of course, when he does the explosion is a thing of beauty -- as he proved yet again in the Giants' 10-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo talks with wide receiver Victor Cruz at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo talks with wide receiver Victor Cruz at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (William Hauser/USA Today Sports Images)

After failing to be targeted once against the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz had a talk with rookie coach Ben McAdoo.

What was interesting on Tuesday was Cruz said that it was McAdoo who sought him out as the Giants (8-4) returned to work and started looking forward to playing Dallas (11-1) on Sunday night at MetLife Stadium.

"I came into the building, we were getting ready for our first meeting and he came up to me and was like, `You are coming to see me, right?' I was like, `Yeah, I am coming to see you.' Shortly after, I came and saw him and we spoke and then that was it."

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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) walks off the field after the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) walks off the field after the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin)

Despite venting his frustrations to reporters following the Giants 24-14 loss to Pittsburgh in which he did not have a single pass thrown to him, WR Victor Cruz reiterated to NFL Network on Monday that he is a team player and is not angry about his lack of targets against the Steelers.

"After the game, obviously I was a little angry so some of the comments stemmed from anger," Cruz said on Monday. "But I didn't say anything bad. I didn't say anything bad, but just out of anger you lost the game, you want to contribute and I just want to go out there and contribute at the end of the day. We'll see how it goes tomorrow when I step into work and have a conversation with coach [Ben McAdoo] which I plan on doing and we'll take it from there. But I'm not angry, I'm not a disgruntled employee, I'm not like screw this - I'm a team guy first and I just want to make sure that everybody's interest is at heart."

Tags: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye
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 (Jason Bridge)
(Jason Bridge)

Ralph Vacchiano, SNY.tv:

The Giants so badly wanted to prove to everyone that they were true contenders, that their six-game winning streak wasn't a mirage just because of the poor quality of some of the teams they beat. They wanted respect. They wanted to be taken seriously. They wanted to be considered one of the best.

Instead, they came out flat and played down to the diminished expectations of their doubters as they took their first real step up in class.

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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Dec 4, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs after a catch as Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) defends during the first quarter at Heinz Field.  (Charles LeClaire (USA Today))
Dec 4, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings (23) runs after a catch as Pittsburgh Steelers inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons (94) defends during the first quarter at Heinz Field. (Charles LeClaire (USA Today))

Upon their arrival in Pittsburgh on Sunday, the Giants' running game had been gaining a head of steam. A small head, mind you, but they were on a streak where they had gained over 100 yards on the ground for three consecutive games.

That all ended in their 24-14 loss to the surging Steelers at Heinz Field, a game in which the Giants gained just 56 yards rushing and 234 total yards, their second-lowest output of the season. Granted, they only rushed the ball 14 times, but the narrative is that their running game was ineffective once again.

They did gain 4.0 yards per attempt on the plays they decided to dial up a run, with rookie Paul Perkins gaining 38 yards on seven carries with a long of 18. Their running game works if they choose to commit to it. The issue is, they haven't chosen to make it a focal point of the offensive attack on a consistent basis.

The Giants ran only 55 plays on Sunday, which is unusually low for an NFL offense. They threw 39 times, completing 24. None of those targets went to WR Victor Cruz, who for some reason was either left off the field in favor of rookie Roger Lewis, or just completely ignored by QB Eli Manning.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, John Fennelly
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants lose 00:01:35
Ben McAdoo, Odell Beckham, and Eli Manning comment on the team's lack of offensive production following a 24-14 loss to the Steelers.

PITTSBURGH -- At the start of what Ben McAdoo called "real football," he better hope he didn't just see the real Giants' offense.

But unfortunately for him, 12 games into the season, it sure looks like that what it is.

It remains the biggest mystery of the Giants' season, and at this point very likely the key to their demise: What has happened to what was once, and was supposed to be again a top-10 offense? The Giants gained an embarrassing 234 total yards in Sunday's 24-14 loss to the Steelers.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (Brace Hemmelgarn/USA Today Sports Images)

PITTSBURGH -- It takes a lot to wipe the smile off of Victor Cruz's face, but the Giants finally found a way by ignoring him Sunday.

The Giants' former star receiver didn't have a single pass thrown to him during the Giants' 24-14 loss to the Steelers. Eli Manning threw 39 passes in the game to seven different targets, including 25 to three other receivers. But nothing went toward Cruz, despite the offensive struggles.

Asked if that was frustrating, Cruz said, "Take a guess."

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Pittsburgh Steelers, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) warms up before a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) warms up before a preseason game at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta)

Ralph Vacchiano answers a question about Victor Cruz's effectiveness and how the Giants use Sterling Shepard.

Tags: Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Robert Deutsch)
(Robert Deutsch)

The Giants are on a roll, having won five straight games to move to 7-3 on the season -- the third best record in the NFC. They are handling adversity, winning tight games, and have put themselves in position for their first playoff berth since 2011.

But is it all really as good as it seems?

Maybe it is, but don't forget that the Giants' winning streak has come against teams with a combined 19-30-1 record -- and none better than 5-5. Three of those games were at home. One was in a neutral site. And despite those advantages they've still only won those five games by a combined 23 points.

Tags: Adam Gettis, Darian Thompson, Eli Manning, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Landon Collins, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass during warmups before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass during warmups before a game against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

QB Eli Manning completed 21 of 36 passes for 227 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions during New York's 22-16 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

"We've got to keep getting better, so there's still lots of room for improvement," Manning said after the win. "We've got to score more points offensively. But no turnovers today, so that's a positive. It wasn't the most ideal conditions to have a big day offensively, but we ran the ball over 100 yards, threw the ball efficiently enough and had a nice game plan. Guys played smart and played good football."

The Giants' first possession saw the offense drive the ball 78 yards down the field for a touchdown in under six minutes. With New York facing fourth and two from Chicago's 17-yard line, Ben McAdoo took yet another fourth down gamble, and Manning found rookie WR Sterling Shepard for a 15-yard gain. This led to a Rashad Jennings two-yard touchdown run.

Tags: Eli Manning, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye
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Chicago Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan tackles New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after a short gain in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)
Chicago Bears cornerback Bryce Callahan tackles New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. after a short gain in the first half at MetLife Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today Sports Images)

Though he was limited to five catches for 46 yards, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. insisted he was not frustrated after New York won its fifth straight game.

Tags: Chicago Bears, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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GEICO SportsNite: Giants 00:01:45
Giants wideout Victor Cruz was left off the injury report as the Giants made their final preparations for the Week 11 matchup with Chicago.

Giants WR Victor Cruz was not listed on Friday's injury report and is expected to play Sunday against the Bears.

Cruz has been dealing with a low-grade right ankle sprain but returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis.

He has maintained since last week that while he might miss Monday night's game, he doesn't believe the injury will force him to miss time after that.

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New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz (80) is defended by Los Angeles Rams strong safety T.J. McDonald (25) on a 25-yard reception during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Stadium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz (80) is defended by Los Angeles Rams strong safety T.J. McDonald (25) on a 25-yard reception during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Stadium. (Kirby Lee)

The Giants released their injury report after Thursday's practice. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • RB Orleans Darkwa (lower leg)
  • Justin Pugh (knee)
  • Brett Jones (calf)
Tags: Adam Gettis, Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Justin Pugh, Orleans Darkwa, Victor Cruz
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Nov 14, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) runs the ball against Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 14, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Dwayne Harris (17) runs the ball against Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap (96) during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants released their injury report after Wednesday's practice. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • Adam Gettis (calf)
  • WR Dwayne Harris (toe)
  • Justin Pugh (knee)
  • Brett Jones (calf)
Tags: Adam Gettis, Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Justin Pugh, Orleans Darkwa, Victor Cruz
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

The Giants' 21-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals was barely over on Monday night when Odell Beckham, Jr. went on ESPN and made it clear the Giants, at 6-3 and riding a wave of four straight victories, have already started dreaming big.

"We're really looking forward to Feb. 5 in Houston," Beckham said. "That's the goal, obviously."

Yes it is. The Giants have their sites set squarely on Super Bowl LI. And new coach Ben McAdoo isn't shying away from that at all.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Apple, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

At halftime, when the Giants were beginning to show signs of struggle, Ben McAdoo talked to his players about giving a "championship effort" in the second half. His point was to get them to play harder and better.

But they also went out and showed how championship teams are made.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Damon Harrison, Jason Pierre-Paul, Johnathan Hankins, Olivier Vernon, Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Will Tye, Ralph Vacchiano
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 (Brace Hemmelgarn)
(Brace Hemmelgarn)

Giants WR Victor Cruz is "very unlikely" to play Monday night, according to a team source. He may still give it a try in pre-game warmups, but the Giants are leaning heavily towards holding him out regardless.

His ankle is improving, the source said, so he currently is expected back when the Giants play the Bears next Sunday.

Cruz has a low grade right ankle sprain and has maintained since last week that while he might miss Monday night's game, he doesn't believe the injury will force him to miss time after that.

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Nov 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants guard Justin Pugh (67) is helped off the field after spraining a knee during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 6, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants guard Justin Pugh (67) is helped off the field after spraining a knee during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants released their injury report on Saturday. The final players are listed...

The following will be OUT Monday night against the Bengals

  • OG Justin Pugh (knee)
Tags: Cincinnati Bengals, Jonathan Casillas, Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Ryan Nassib, Victor Cruz
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 (Kirby Lee - USA Today)
(Kirby Lee - USA Today)

The Giants released their injury report on Friday...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • WR Victor Cruz (ankle)
  • OG Justin Pugh (knee)
Tags: Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Ryan Nassib, Victor Cruz
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New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz (80) carries the ball on a 25-yard reception against the Los Angeles Rams during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Stadium. (Kirby Lee)
New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz (80) carries the ball on a 25-yard reception against the Los Angeles Rams during game 16 of the NFL International Series at Twickenham Stadium. (Kirby Lee)

Ralph Vacchiano, NFL Insider | Facebook | Twitter | Archive

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Before Victor Cruz injured his ankle last Sunday, it was clear his role and his snaps had been diminished. Cruz said it was just Ben McAdoo's way of "taking care of me a little bit."

Is that, perhaps, a concession to his age?

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) looks on against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) looks on against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

The Giants released their injury report after Thursday's practice. The following players were listed...

Did Not Participate in Practice

  • WR Victor Cruz (ankle)
Tags: Justin Pugh, Kerry Wynn, Ryan Nassib, Victor Cruz
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 (Jim Brown)
(Jim Brown)

The Giants have signed WR Kevin Norwood to their practice squad, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

Norwood will serve as insurance if Victor Cruz (ankle) is unable to play this coming Monday against the Bengals, notes Rapoport.

Tags: Victor Cruz, John Fennelly
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New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz makes a one-handed catch during warm ups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz makes a one-handed catch during warm ups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz is considered day-to-day after an MRI on his ankle came back clean on Monday, according to the USA Today's Art Stapleton.

Cruz left Sunday's 28-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter with a low ankle sprain. X-rays on his ankle came back negative on Sunday.

 

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New York Giants Justin Tuck, head coach Tom Coughlin holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy and Eli Manning during the New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI victory parade in New York City. (Andrew Mills)
New York Giants Justin Tuck, head coach Tom Coughlin holding the Vince Lombardi Trophy and Eli Manning during the New York Giants Super Bowl XLVI victory parade in New York City. (Andrew Mills)

Former head coach Tom Coughlin, former general manager Ernie Accorsi, and former DE Justin Tuck spoke to reporters on Tuesday in advance of Monday's Giants' Ring of Honor ceremony.

Here's what Coughlin said:

Tags: Eli Manning, Josh Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz
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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

In his first half-season as Giants head coach, Ben McAdoo has won in Dallas, ended a long Giants losing streak against the Eagles, and directed the team to a 5-3 record that puts them squarely in playoff position heading into the second half.

What more could anyone have wanted?

So for now, never mind the controversies that have swarmed around his team, the play-calling some of you hate, the questionable personnel and lack of depth on some parts of the roster. Focus on the three-game winning streak and the way the Giants held on for a 28-23 win over the Eagles on Sunday. There's a lot to digest from the somewhat impressive (and somewhat not impressive) way the Giants came out of their bye week.

Tags: Eli Apple, Keenan Robinson, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Paul Perkins, Sterling Shepard, Trevin Wade, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants guard Justin Pugh is helped off the field after spraining a knee during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants guard Justin Pugh is helped off the field after spraining a knee during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz and guard Justin Pugh left Sunday's 28-23 win over the Philadelphia Eagles with leg injuries and are scheduled to undergo MRIs.

Tags: Brett Jones, Dwayne Harris, Justin Pugh, Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Eli Manning has been an outspoken advocate against domestic violence, which put him in a difficult position in recent weeks as more and more facts about kicker Josh Brown came out. He instinctively wanted to be supportive of his teammates, but he couldn't support his actions.And while Giants management wasn't saying much about the situation, Manning - like many of his teammates - were forced to speak on behalf of the organization, without having all the facts.But like the true professional he is, and has always been, Manning never ducked the subject. It may not have been his responsibility, and he had little to do with the team's decision to standby Brown, but Manning has always understood his position as the face of the franchise.

Tags: Eli Manning, Josh Brown, Justin Pugh, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 23, 2016; London, ENG; Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants celebrates with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) of the New York Giants after his interception during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2016; London, ENG; Head coach Ben McAdoo of the New York Giants celebrates with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (41) of the New York Giants after his interception during the fourth quarter of the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at Twickenham Stadium. Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

The optimistic look at Ben McAdoo's first almost-half-season as Giants head coach is that they got to their bye week over .500. They have gutted out two straight wins to reverse a mini-tailspin to put themselves right in the thick of the second-half playoff chase.The pessimistic look is that the journey to 4-3 hasn't exactly been pretty. Also, they were 4-3 last year, too. That was fools' gold, though, as they proved by losing seven of their last nine.So the story of the first season of the post-Tom Coughlin Era hasn't really been written yet. And seven games into McAdoo's tenure, there are as many good signs as there are bad. Here's a look at some of them that may prove to be important as the Giants try to earn their first playoff berth since way back in 2011:

Tags: Eli Apple, Eli Manning, Landon Collins, Larry Donnell, Marshall Newhouse, Nat Berhe, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Sterling Shepard, Victor Cruz, Ralph Vacchiano
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Victor Cruz makes a 25-yard reception against the Rams in London.  (Kirby Lee - USA Today)
Victor Cruz makes a 25-yard reception against the Rams in London. (Kirby Lee - USA Today)

Giants WR Victor Cruz has quietly silenced his critics by returning to the field and remaining healthy so far this season.While Cruz has produced moderately, just staying off the injury report is an accomplishment in its own right after spending the better part of two years there.

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 (Steve Flynn)
(Steve Flynn)

The Giants were available for one last media session before heading out on their bye week. They will not be back at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center until next Monday. QB Eli Manning has been going through an odd season, one in which he's thrown for a lot of yards but not many touchdowns. The offense, which features a slew of explosive players, is scoring just 19 points per game. He was asked what he felt needs to be fixed to unlock the struggling offense.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Eli Manning, Janoris Jenkins, Victor Cruz, John Fennelly
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