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Victor Cruz | Wide Receiver | #80

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 204
College: Massachusetts
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Free agent WR Victor Cruz said his meeting with the Panthers "went well."
The Record's Art Stapleton writes a deal does not appear to be "imminent," but there is "mutual" interest between Cruz and Carolina. Considering Panthers GM Dave Gettleman was with the Giants when Cruz broke through and they need receiving help, a match makes sense on paper. Still, Cruz did not appear to have much left in the tank in 2016. Feb 20 - 7:44 PM
Source: The Record

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The Black and Blue Review reports free agent Victor Cruz visited the Panthers over the weekend.

Other reports have the visit as happening on Monday. Per reporter Bill Voth, Cruz met with GM Dave Gettleman. Voth reports at least one other team is interested. The visit comes three days after ESPN's David Newton speculated the Panthers could have interest. Cruz came up with the Giants while Gettleman was still with the organization. The Panthers need receiving help, but it's unclear if 30-year-old Cruz could really help anyone at this point.
Feb 20 - 2:04 PM

ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes free agent Victor Cruz would be "worth a look" for Carolina.

There's a natural connection, as GM Dave Gettleman worked for the Giants during Cruz's heyday. Newton thinks Cruz could fill the veteran leadership void left by Jerricho Cotchery after the 2015 season, and Cruz could return to the slot in Carolina after running a career-low 4.3 percent of his routes out of the slot in 2016. Cruz ran 68.6 percent of his routes from the slot in 2013.
Feb 17 - 9:40 AM

9 News Denver's Mike Klis reports the Broncos "have not discussed" signing free agent Victor Cruz.

This directly contradicts ESPN Broncos beat man Jeff Legwold, who reported on Monday that Denver was "already working to at least meet with" Cruz. The Broncos should be aiming a lot higher in their quest for a No. 3 receiver. Cruz is already 30 years old and has been sapped of his athleticism and playmaking ability thanks to a 2014 patellar tendon tear and multiple calf ailments.
Feb 15 - 12:21 PM

According to ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold, Denver was "already working to at least meet with" free agent Victor Cruz as of late Monday.

This is the first club that's been linked to Cruz since he was released early Monday. The Broncos are looking for a third option in the passing game behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders after cycling through a number of different No. 3 receivers last season and getting minimal help from their tight ends and running backs. Cruz would be an underwhelming signing, but Denver has shown a willingness to bring in aging veterans on the tail ends of their respective careers. Cruz shouldn't command much guaranteed money on a short-term deal.
Feb 14 - 10:18 PM

One NFL scout told ESPN's Paul Kuharsky that free agent Victor Cruz is "probably done."

Cruz wasn't just a salary cap casualty; the Giants cut Cruz on Monday because his on-field effectiveness is gone. Cruz lost late-season snaps to practice squad-type Tavarres King and UDFA Roger Lewis, and lacks the quickness to win in the slot and the vertical speed to win outside. Cruz is only 30 years old, but a 2014 patellar tendon tear essentially ended his career three years ago.
Feb 13 - 11:28 PM

Giants released WR Victor Cruz.

This was an easy move for GM Jerry Reese. Despite Cruz's pleas to remain with the team, it made no sense to bring him back at his $9.4 million cap number. With the move, the Giants save $7.5 million against the cap. After missing 26 straight games from 2014-2015, Cruz returned this season to nab 39 catches for 586 yards and one score. At 30 years old coming off numerous lower-body injuries, including a patellar tendon tear, Cruz simply isn't the same player anymore. Finding a capable outside receiver opposite Odell Beckham should be a priority. Sterling Shepard played over 80 percent of his rookie snaps in the slot.
Feb 13 - 12:37 PM

James Kratch of NJ Advance Media considers it a "very strong possibility" Victor Cruz is released this offseason.

Cruz is owed $7.5 million in salary and bonuses, and the Giants can save all of that against the cap if they decide to move on. Cruz has hinted he is open to a pay cut similar to the one he accepted last offseason, but the Giants need an upgrade opposite Odell Beckham and likely will just decide to move on. Cruz recorded 39 catches for 586 yards and a touchdown in 15 games in 2016.
Feb 7 - 9:35 AM

Victor Cruz said the "ball is in [the Giants'] court" in regards to his future with the team.

Cruz is not going to be back at his $9.4 million cap hit, but he accepted a pay cut last offseason and could be willing to do the same this year. "I wish that was solely up to me, but that's the plan," Cruz said. "That's always the plan, to be in a Big Blue uniform for the rest of my career. But [GMs] and owners have to make decisions as well, so we'll see." The Giants should be aiming higher at the No. 3 receiver spot, and they could free up a ton of cap space by simply releasing Cruz. That seems like the most likely outcome.
Jan 31 - 9:12 AM

Victor Cruz said he "absolutely" wants to be back with the Giants in 2017.

"This is family," Cruz said. "This is home. I don't know anywhere else. I don't want to know anywhere else." Cruz made a remarkable comeback from a torn patellar tendon, but he didn't make much of an on-field impact. The Giants can save $7.5 million by releasing Cruz. It seems like a no-brainer move. The G-Men badly need to find an upgrade outside opposite Odell Beckham.
Source: SNY
Jan 9 - 12:02 PM

Victor Cruz caught 3-of-4 targets for 30 yards in the Giants' Wild Card loss to the Packers.

Cruz returned from his ruptured patellar tendon this season, but he simply wasn't the same. Although he mixed in a few big plays -- Cruz did haul in ten catches of 20-plus yards -- Cruz didn't hit pay dirt after Week 1 and cleared 50 yards just once after the first month of the season. 30-year-old Cruz will likely be released this offseason. Sterling Shepard has solidified the slot, but the Giants need to upgrade at boundary receiver opposite Odell Beckham.
Jan 8 - 8:36 PM

Victor Cruz caught 8-of-13 targets for 84 yards in Week 16 against the Eagles.

It was a narrative street for Cruz, who was playing in his first game at Philadelphia since injuring his knee. Cruz was peppered on underneath targets with Eli Manning struggling to throw downfield. He benefitted from the Giants' pass-heavy attack in the second half. Cruz remains no higher than the No. 3 pass-game option.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 12:23:00 AM

Victor Cruz caught 1-of-2 targets for 29 yards in the Giants' Week 15 win over the Lions.

He didn't see a single target after halftime. Cruz has been targeted four times or fewer in each of the past five games and has completely fallen off the map as the Np. 4 option in this pass game. Cruz isn't a Week 16 fantasy play.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 04:54:00 PM

Victor Cruz had one catch for four yards in Week 14.

Cruz remained an afterthought after not getting targeted last week. He hasn’t scored touchdown since Week 1.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 11:50:00 PM

Giants coach Ben McAdoo blamed an inconsistent offense for Victor Cruz's quiet Week 13.

Cruz said he plans to talk to McAdoo after being held without a target against the Steelers. "Victor, like everybody else, including myself, wants to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem," McAdoo said. "So my door is always open for any of these guys that want to come in and have a conversation." The offense has been bad recently, but Cruz is likely more upset about his snaps being cut than the lack of targets. The veteran ended up playing three fewer plays than undrafted rookie Roger Lewis. With the Giants looking for answers in the passing game, it is possible Cruz will see his role diminish even further.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 09:03:00 AM

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