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Victor Cruz has been the constant in the New York Giants' offense

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    New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz walks on the field during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz, front, makes a catch on a pass from quarterback Eli Manning, back, during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (The Associated Press)

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    New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) and running back David Wilson (22) fist bump during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (The Associated Press)

Victor Cruz is beating the odds again.

Despite missing offseason workouts because of contract talks and sitting out the final two-plus weeks of training camp with a bruised heel, Cruz is putting up statistics for the New York Giants (0-4) that have him among the NFL's top receivers.

The salsa-dancing former free agent has 26 catches for 425 yards and four touchdowns. The reception total is tied for 10th in the league. The yardage total is fourth overall and his 24 points are tied for sixth among non-kickers.

What makes those statistics even more impressive is that Cruz is playing with an offense that has scored seven touchdowns in four games. He has been the constant with a group that can't run the ball or protect quarterback Eli Manning.

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