Published: Wed, February 22, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Carolina on his mind: Victor Cruz visits Panthers


Sources confirm ex-Giants WR Victor Cruz arrived in Charlotte on Sunday and is still in town as of Monday, though no deal is said to be imminent.

According to Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, the veteran wide receiver visited the Panthers this weekend and met with general manager Dave Gettleman. He caught 39 passes for 586 yards and a touchdown this past season in his return.

The once electrifying Pro Bowl receiver found himself competing for receptions with New York's young talented receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, and while still effective, he didn't seem to have the same burst he once had when recording back-to-back 1,000-yard plus receiving seasons in 2011 and 2012. Cruz would provide a massive upgrade over Brown at the position, and bring some much needed veteran leadership to a position room that missed Jericho Cotchery following his departure after 2015. Cruz visiting the Panthers makes sense since the Panthers have a Giants connection.

Undrafted out of the University of MA in 2010, Cruz became a star in 2011 with 1,536 receiving yards and nine touchdowns during the team's most recent Super Bowl season.

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It's not yet known if he'll sign with Carolina. The following year, Cruz got within two yards of 1,000 despite missing two games. What does a 30-year-old wideout who has been slowed down by a major injury and was supplanted by a Carolina castoff in Tavarres King late last season have to offer this team's disappointing offense?

Cruz going to the Panthers would be a good move as Carolina is looking to fill the void left by the departure of Ted Ginn.

The days are now over of MetLife stadium erupting in cheer whenever he made a catch: "Cruuuuuuuuz!"

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