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Victor Cruz will play in Giants preseason game

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz #80

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz #80 fields a punt during training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, NJ, on Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015. Photo Credit: Brad Penner

It sounds like Victor Cruz will get his wish. And maybe more.

The Giants wide receiver coming off a torn patellar tendon has expressed a desire to get at least a few snaps in a preseason game before he steps on the field against the Cowboys in the regular-season opener on Sept. 13.

On Monday, Tom Coughlin said Cruz will get that chance and may "not necessarily" be limited to just one preseason game.

He could even be on the field Saturday against the Jaguars.

"We'll pick when he goes, but he's shown us everything," Coughlin said. "[Sunday] he did everything. He and Odell [Beckham Jr.] both had a full practice yesterday and both did well and are both back and ready to go today."

Cruz did not play in the preseason opener against the Bengals on Friday, but he was with the team and took a handful of reps in the teams' joint practices. Now it's just a matter of calculating the risk versus the reward of having him in actual game action. As time moves on in training camp, that equation continues to slide toward the reward.

"He's getting to where he needs to be and his mindset is outstanding," Coughlin said. "We brought him to the game for a reason. We put him in to the workout in Cincinnati for a reason. He didn't get a chance to play in the game but he saw it, he was into it, he was involved, he was mentally involved, and he's looking forward to going to the next step."

So too are the Giants.

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