Victor Cruz will be a "work in progress," Eli Manning said after practice Tuesday and after the regular season begins, it will take a while for them to regain their timing.

"There's still some work to do with Victor," said Manning, who said he had limited reps with Cruz before his calf injury. The wide receiver returned from knee surgery only to injure his calf before a preseason game against the Jaguars. Cruz was barred from practicing this week and is not yet allowed to jog. Tom Coughlin said Cruz definitely will not play in the preseason finale against the Patriots.

"We've got to see him and hopefully he can get back healthy where he can get back practicing," Manning said.

"I thought he looked good, he looked sharp before the calf injury but hopefully he can get back and be healed up and be back to his normal self."

Coughlin wants old Stevie

Coughlin said that he hoped the return of safety Stevie Brown heralded the return of the 2012 version of the player -- not the one who was hurt for 2013 and struggled to regain his form in 2014. "I'd like to see the Stevie Brown we had the year he had, what? Nine interceptions or whatever that was? That's what I'd like to see. That's what we're getting a feel for -- where he is with his game and just see him play. Just put him in that position and see what happens." Brown had eight interceptions that year and was twice named defensive player of the week.

His 307 interception return yards were a franchise record. He injured his ACL in 2013, injured his foot at the end of the 2014 season and later rejected the Giants' offer of the veteran minimum this offseason. He signed with the Texans this year before asking to be released.

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Long Islanders cut

Two Stony Brook alums and a former Holy Trinity player were cut at the 4 p.m. cutdown deadline: Derrick Johnson, of Holy Trinity, and former Seawolves Will Tye and Michael Bamiro.