Jets would be wise to acquire Victor Cruz
By Soyica Lyles
Victor Cruz must stay home. The New York Jets should make room at the table and welcome him to the MetLife family.
Christmas is early this year and the news is out. The New York Giants have released Victor Cruz, wrapped him in a pretty green bow and left him for the New York Jets taking.
Cruz is free from the Giants but he could turn the current wide receiver corps of the Jets into a lethal one. If the Jets were able to land Cruz, him, Quincy Enunwa, Brandon Marshall and Robby Anderson would be the ‘fantastic four’ receiving unit on a path towards redemption in 2017.
Cruz shared with Ralph Vacchiano at SNY.TV in January that he wants to be in New York. “This is family. This is home. I don’t know anywhere else. I don’t want to know anywhere else.”
For Jets fans, this could be one of those serendipitous moments that puts our team back on the winning path. Cruz brings championship experience and surely new offensive coordinator John Morton has the know-how of where to fit a receiver such as Cruz into the playbook.
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Besides, these two have history. Recall the 2012 NFC Championship? John Morton was the wide receivers coach for the 2012 San Francisco 49ers. Cruz was the Giants franchise receiving record holder with 1,536 receiving yards that season. The point? He has the blueprint for taking his play to the next level on the big stage.
The Jets receiving core at times showed potential with a few flashes of electricity down the field in 2016. Adding Cruz to the team could bring about much-needed spark and of course another viable and respected receiving option for the Jets offense.
Combined, Anderson, Enunwa, and Marshall accounted for only 2,232 yards of Jets offense. With the Giants, Cruz had 39 receptions for 586 yards, averaging 15 yards per carry. The four working in unison could potentially bring a magical year for the Jets.
However, there is the inevitable looming money issue and the Jets have little spending room. According to Spotrac.com, the Jets stand at negative seven figures of cap space. So clearly a lot of room must be made in order for such magic to happen.
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ESPN’s Adam Schefter in his explanation of why the Giants released Cruz referred to him as “a playmaking player.” And so now after his release, he has something to prove. Fortunately, the other neighbors at MetLife would welcome Cruz with open arms. What are your thoughts? Would Cruz be a good fit? Please leave your comments below!