New York Giants: 3 Reasons Victor Cruz Has Become Eli Manning's Go-to WR

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New York Giants: 3 Reasons Victor Cruz Has Become Eli Manning's Go-to WR
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New York Giants wideout Victor Cruz catches a touchdown pass from Eli Manning.

New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz emerged from obscurity last season and vaulted himself into the upper echelon of NFL wide receivers.

With that, he has transformed himself into Eli Manning's most reliable target throughout the course of this season. The absence of Hakeem Nicks for the last three games has forced Eli to rely on Cruz to take on the No. 1 receiver role, and the Giants' passing attack has not missed a beat.

The Giants have averaged 285 yards through the air without Hakeem Nicks in the lineup. Although that's a far cry from the 510 yards Big Blue put up with Nicks on the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Giants' offense has not held the team back from winning any games.

Victor Cruz has played a major role in holding down the fort in Nicks' absence.

Cruz has four touchdowns in the last three games as the Giants have gone 2-1 throughout that time. It's unknown whether Nicks will return to the gridiron this Sunday in San Francisco. Regardless, Cruz will remain Manning's top target for the remainder of the season.

Let's take a look at three reasons why Cruz will see the most passes from Eli for the remainder of 2012.

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