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Victor Cruz | Wide Receiver | #80

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/11/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 204
College: Massachusetts
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Victor Cruz said he worked primarily in the slot during the offseason program.
Cruz's best seasons came in the slot, but he was moved outside by the Giants to make room for rookie Sterling Shepard last year. Now in Chicago, it looks like he will return to his preferred position, although he will face stout competition. Locked-in starter Cameron Meredith thrived in the slot down the stretch last season, and Kendall Wright does his best work inside as well. Cruz has a chance to earn a role in a wide open depth chart, but it is far from a given. Jun 29 - 8:48 AM
Source: ESPN

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Bears signed WR Victor Cruz to a one-year, $2 million deal.

He joins Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton and ex-teammate Rueben Randle as a veteran flier in the Bears' Alshon Jeffery-less receiver corps. Returning from a torn patellar tendon, Cruz somehow averaged 15.0 yards per catch last season, but it didn't show up on film. Cruz no longer offers legitimate play-making ability. It's not a guarantee he makes the 53-man roster.
May 25 - 2:21 PM

Free agent WR Victor Cruz will visit the Bears on Monday.

The news comes the same day the Bears released Eddie Royal. Cruz was hardly effective last season, but he was better than Royal, averaging 15.0 yards on his 39 catches. He flashed just enough to suggest he might be worth a 53-man roster spot in 2017. He still wouldn't make an impact for the Bears, who have already added questionable talents Markus Wheaton and Kendall Wright this offseason. The Bears' "rebuild" is looking increasingly directionless.
May 11 - 4:17 PM

The Record's Art Stapleton reports there is "mutual interest" between the Ravens and free agent Victor Cruz.

Cruz's market appears to be heating up after it was dead quiet for three months following his February release. Cruz is scheduled to visit the Jaguars on May 23, but the fit with the Ravens makes more sense. Baltimore failed to add a receiver in free agency or the draft after losing Steve Smith Sr. and Kamar Aiken. On paper, the Ravens could use a slot receiver.
May 11 - 11:46 AM

Updating a previous item, free agent Victor Cruz will visit the Jaguars on May 23.

Cruz will also work out for the team. On paper, the fit doesn't make a ton of sense for Cruz, as he'd have to fight for (likely) nothing more than the No. 4 receiver job. But he has garnered zero known interest and may have to take what he can get at this point. Perhaps new EVP Tom Coughlin wants to do Cruz a favor and allow him to come in and set the tone with the young Jaguars.
May 11 - 11:36 AM

Free agent Victor Cruz is visiting the Jaguars on Thursday.

The Giants released Cruz in February. He quickly visited the Panthers, but hasn't been linked to another team in nearly three months. The Jaguars don't make a whole lot of sense with Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Marqise Lee atop the depth chart. But Cruz's old coach, Tom Coughlin, is now running the show in Jacksonville and could let him compete for a job.
May 11 - 10:21 AM

Free agent WR Victor Cruz said he has no plans to retire.

"I can still play," Cruz claims. The veteran met with the Panthers in February, but his market has been silent since. It is likely he latches on with a team as training camp approaches, but he is nearing the end of the line.
May 2 - 1:00 PM

ESPN's Dan Graziano reports the Giants aren't interested in re-signing free agent Victor Cruz.

Cruz hasn't generated any interest since visiting the Panthers back in February. He may have to wait until after the draft to sign with a team.
Mar 22 - 7:35 PM

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.
Source: The Record
Feb 20 - 7:44 PM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

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Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Mike Glennon
2Mitchell Trubisky
3Mark Sanchez
4Connor Shaw
RB1Jordan Howard
2Jeremy Langford
3Benny Cunningham
4Tarik Cohen
5Ka'Deem Carey
GLB1Jordan Howard
2Jeremy Langford
3RB1Jordan Howard
2Jeremy Langford
FB1Mike Burton
2Freddie Stevenson
WR11Cameron Meredith
2Markus Wheaton
3Deonte Thompson
4Josh Bellamy
5Daniel Braverman
WR21Kevin White
2Kendall Wright
3Victor Cruz
4Rueben Randle
5Tanner Gentry
WR31Markus Wheaton
TE1Zach Miller
2Dion Sims
3Adam Shaheen
4Daniel Brown
5Ben Braunecker
LT1Charles Leno
2Bradley Sowell
3William Poehls
LG1Josh Sitton
2Eric Kush
3Jordan Morgan
C1Cody Whitehair
2Hroniss Grasu
3Taylor Boggs
RG1Kyle Long
2Cyril Richardson
RT1Bobby Massie
2Tom Compton
3Dieugot Joseph
4Mitchell Kirsch
K1Connor Barth
2Andy Phillips