Giants Release Victor Cruz
By Brandon Simmons
The New York Giants have officially handed the receiving corps reigns over to Odell Beckham, Jr. According to ESPN.com, the Giants have released the veteran after 7 seasons with the team. Cruz released a statement regarding the departure, expressing the close-knit environment he was a part of.
“I pretty much grew up in front of the eyes of this entire organization,” his statement read. “The Giants fan base, the community, my hometown, my family. I grew up there. It’s very much a family atmosphere and it’s very much like leaving your family. That’s what it feels like. I did some great things there.”
The journey to superstar status was not necessarily a cruise. New York drafted Cruz out of Dartmouth as an undrafted free agent in 2010. However, he spent most of the year on injured reserved. The following year, in 2011, he got his breakout season with 82 catches for 1,539 yards and also helped the team win a Super Bowl. The next season, he had 86 catches for 1,092 yards. In the following season he really began to see his numbers drop because of injuries. In 2014 he played only 6 games because of a knee injury and that same injury kept him out of the 2015 season. He came back in 2016, to regain some of the magic he once had, but it faded as he finished with only 39 receptions for 586 yards.
There may have been a lot of writing on the wall for Cruz parting ways with the team. At 30-years-old, he does not look like the explosive player they hoped for him to be alongside Beckham. Speaking of such, when Beckham and other Giants players went on the infamous yacht trip before their Wild Card game in January, some critics pointed the finger at Cruz for not being a strong enough leader to divert his teammates from that potential distraction. Also, in addition to OBJ as their primary receiver, the Giants have emerging wide receiver Sterling Shephard, whom the team seems to enjoy.
Cruz will find a job this upcoming year. There are some teams that might be willing to take a chance on what he can do for their team whether it’s as a veteran giving advice and playing bridge for the next draft pick to take over or taking another shot at greatness and finishing his career.
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