Reports circulated Thursday that former Pro Bowl wide receiver Victor Cruz is expected to meet with the Jacksonville Jaguars at the end of this month. Cruz was released by the New York Giants in February after spending the last seven seasons with the team.
As an undrafted free agent out of the University of Massachusetts in 2010, Cruz struggled to play during his rookie season because of a hamstring injury. The next season, he had a breakout year for the Giants catching 82 passes for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns. Cruz capped that season with a four-catch, twenty five yard and one touchdown performance to help the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI.
Injuries have continued to plague Cruz however. In 2013, Cruz took a huge hit during a week 15 game, causing him to suffer a concussion and injuring his left knee. He would have arthroscopic surgery on that knee, ending his season. 2014 was not any kinder to Cruz. Six games into the season, he was put on IR after tearing his patella tendon in his right knee.
He sat out the entire 2015 season still recovering from that knee injury as well was a lingering calf injury that he could not shake.
If Cruz were to sign with Jacksonville, he would be reunited with former head coach Tom Coughlin, who is now the Executive Vice President of Football Operations in Jacksonville. That connection is obviously a big reason why the Jags are taking a look at him.
Cruz would look to add veteran depth to an already talented wide receiver corp that includes Allen Hurns, Marqise Lee, and Allen Robinson. Jacksonville also drafted speedy Dede Westbrook in the fourth round of this year’s draft. Cruz could also provide the veteran impact that would help this make-or-break season for quarterback Blake Bortles.
Jacksonville is accompanied by the Baltimore Ravens as another team that is interested in Cruz. No date has been set for a visit to Baltimore.