The New York Jets have some tough decisions to make but must add more offensive playmakers to the mix. Taking a big chance on free agent wide receiver Victor Cruz might very well be worth it.
The New York Jets have salary cap issues going into 2017. They’re going to have to start cutting overpriced veterans with limited or no cap liability. That will most likely include Brandon Marshall. Cutting Eric Decker wouldn’t also be out of the range of possibilities because he’s coming off of an injury.
If they choose to do so, then they would need a veteran presence in the locker room. Victor Cruz could be their guy in the grand scheme of things.
The first reason is championship pedigree, having been a part of the New York Giants in their Super Bowl XLVI win. Second, his skill set matches the two guys that need the most help, wide receivers, Robby Anderson and Jalin Marshall. Finally, he’d be cheaper than the combination of Decker and Marshall.
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He’s a speed receiver and so are they. He can help them mold their skills to become threats on the outside. So the next question would be: What is the second problem Cruz would easily fix?
They could add an in-line tight end without signing a free agent or even needing to draft one. Wide receiver Quincy Enunwa has already shown the ability to block on the outside, and he would need to add some muscle and weight in the offseason and work on blocking defensive ends, but that’s not implausible.
In addition to that, Enunwa can be used in the slot. That would give the Jets a pass catching weapon down the seam and in the red zone. That’s something they haven’t had in a very long time.
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The Jets could then still draft another pass-catching in-line tight end and play more base 12 (one back, two tight ends) personnel. That would add some deception to their game by the defense not knowing whether it’s run or pass, and it’s very difficult to run out of 11 (one back, one tight end) personnel. After evaluating everything, adding a veteran like Cruz would be better than keeping it status quo in New York.