Would Victor Cruz be a fit with Philadelphia Eagles?

Victor Cruz needs a home. The Eagles need a receiver. Could that pairing work?

Salsa-dancing wide receiver Victor Cruz is expected to be released by the New York Giants Monday. Unsurprisingly, he is already being considered a potential target for the Philadelphia Eagles.

It’s easy to understand why Cruz is immediately being linked to the Eagles. Philadelphia desperately need help at wide receiver and it wasn’t all that long ago that Cruz was one of the NFL’s most electrifying wideouts. In 2011, Cruz caught 82 balls for 1,536 yards and nine touchdowns. Unfortunately, though, those days are long gone.

In 2014, ironically against the Eagles, Cruz suffered a torn patellar tendon, prematurely ending his season. After extensive rehabilitation, it was expected that Cruz would return in 2015. But a re-aggravation to his injury in the preseason ultimately caused him to miss the entire 2015 season as well. He finally returned to the Giants in 2016, recording 39 receptions for 586 yards and a touchdown in 15 games.

Cruz’s best days are obviously behind him. At 30 years old, the player that once made the Eagles’ lives miserable isn’t quite the weapon he used to be. However, he isn’t totally ineffective at this stage of his career. For a team with a receiving corps as bad as the Eagles’, Cruz could actually be considered a slight improvement.

At the moment, the Eagles’ best receivers are Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham. Matthews has issues holding onto the football, Agholor is a lost cause and Green-Beckham seems to care more about the Philadelphia nightlife than playing football. Despite Cruz’s noticeable dip in production, he would still be an improvement over Agholor and Green-Beckham.

While Cruz is clearly no guarantee, it wouldn’t do the Eagles much harm by signing him to an inexpensive, short-term deal. Cruz may not be capable of leading a receiving corps, but he certainly has the ability to at least be relevant.

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