Victor Cruz
WR NYG (8)
6 days ago

Cruz is unlikely to re-sign with the Giants, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz was released by the Giants in February and visited with the Panthers shortly thereafter, but he doesn't seem to have many suitors around the league. While a return to New York can't entirely be ruled out, he'd probably need to accept a veteran's minimum contract and then compete for a spot at the bottom of the depth chart. The best Cruz can hope for is a modest one-year deal that gives him a shot to compete for a job as a No. 3/4 receiver. It sounds like he'll need to venture outside New York for that to happen.

Victor Cruz
WR NYG (8)
1 month ago

Cruz made a free-agent visit with the Panthers on Monday, the Black and Blue Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz's meeting with the Panthers comes after he was released by the Giants last week. While Cruz left Carolina without signing a contract, which he's free to do at any time this offseason, his history with Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman could bode in the team's favor. Gettleman was a member of the Giants front office when the team signed Cruz as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Although injuries have largely contributed toward Cruz's recent decline, the 30-year-old could add needed experience and a reliable slot receiver to the Panthers offense.

Victor Cruz
WR NYG (8)
1 month ago1 Comment

Cruz was released by the Giants on Monday, Art Stapleton of The Record reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz caught 39 passes for 586 yards and a touchdown in 15 games played this season, which came after he suited up for merely six contests in the previous two campaigns combined. Although Cruz proved his health by only missing one game in 2016, his season-end totals clearly couldn't justify his $9.4-million salary cap hit for 2017. Knowing that, Cruz hoped to be able to return to the Giants on a restructured deal, but the team apparently decided to move on from him after seven seasons, which included over 300 catches, 4,500 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns. While Cruz being released leaves the Giants in obvious need of a No. 3 wideout ahead of next season, the 30-year-old veteran will now have a head start on considering his options in free agency next month.

Victor Cruz
WR NYG (8)
3 months ago

Cruz caught three of four targets for 30 yards in the Giants' wild card loss Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz finished the season with 39 catches for 586 yards and one score in 15 games. He averaged a robust 15.0 YPC and a passable 8.1 YPT and made three catches of 40-plus yards, but at 30 and with Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard in the fold, Cruz's future in New York is in doubt.

Victor Cruz
WR NYG (8)
3 months ago

Cruz secured eight of 13 targets for 84 yards in Thursday's 24-19 loss to the Eagles.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran receiver turned in his most prolific performance of the season on a night when Eli Manning put the ball up a whopping 63 times. Cruz saw a season high in targets and converted those into the most catches he's notched in 2016, while also notching a 29-yard long reception for the second consecutive week. The production was particularly encouraging, considering that Cruz had not recorded more than one reception in any game over the last six. His veteran savvy could come in handy in what is shaping up as a pivotal Week 17 tilt versus the Redskins.

Victor Cruz
WR NYG (8)
3 months ago

Cruz recorded one reception for four yards in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz's quiet season continues, as he hasn't found the end zone since Week 1. He hasn't had over one reception in his past five games, as rookie Sterling Shepard has solidified himself as the No. 2 option at wideout. The veteran will look to turn things around next week against the Lions.

Victor Cruz
WR NYG (8)
4 months ago

Cruz plans to discuss his role with coach Ben McAdoo after not being targeted in Sunday's loss to the Steelers, Tom Rock of Newsday reports.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz entered Sunday with just one reception in three straight games, and although each of those catches went for over 35 yards, he wasn't even thrown to against Pittsburgh. That came despite Cruz playing 26 snaps, which it's worth mentioning trailed Roger Lewis' 29 plays Sunday. While Cruz says he isn't unhappy about his recent lack of involvement in the passing game, he also intends to clear things up with coach McAdoo, who had to respond to No. 2 wideout Sterling Shepard not being targeted in Week 12.

Victor Cruz
WR NYG (8)
4 months ago

Cruz continued his tradition of making one big catch per game Sunday, as he hauled in one of five targets for 37 yards.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz has had one catch in each of the last three weeks for between 37 and 48 yards. It's more of a curiosity than anything fantasy-actionable, however.

Victor Cruz
WR NYG (8)
4 months ago

Cruz caught one of his two targets for 48 yards.

EDGE Analysis

Cruz's snaps have been reduced of late, and he's no more than a tertiary option at this point in his career.

Victor Cruz
WR NYG (8)
4 months ago

Cruz (ankle) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game against the Bears.

EDGE Analysis

Contained to limited practices all week as he tends to a low-ankle sprain, Cruz will end his DNP streak at one contest. While he has to jostle with Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard for targets on a weekly basis, Cruz should be able to make an impact against a Bears defense that has surrendered 194.8 receiving yards per game and 10 touchdowns in nine contests to wideouts this season.