Free agent wide receiver is set to meet with the Jacksonville Jaguars later this month and have a possible reunion with former head coach Tom Coughlin, who is the executive vice president of football operations for Jacksonville. The Jaguars should avoid signing the 30 year old receiver who has had a rocky career. Even if he was to sign with the Jags, I don’t think he’ll make the roster by the time week one comes.
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Cruz has dealt with injuries his whole career. He missed the entire 2010 season due to a torn hamstring. He has dealt with a concussion, two knee injuries that required surgery and injuries to his calf, groin, foot and ankle. Cruz hasn’t played a full season since 2012.
Having this many injuries should be red flags. He has the talent, but he is fragile. Every time the ball is thrown to him, coaches are holding their breath because who knows what could happen to him on the play. He would have to prove the Jags that he can stay healthy on not be sidelined by an injury.
He’s not getting younger
At 30 years old, receivers are usually out of their prime. Cruz has been out of his for sometime now. His best season was in 2012 when he had 86 catches, 1,092 yards and ten touchdowns. I don’t see Cruz having another season like this.
He would be joining a young squad in Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Marquise Lee and newly drafted receiver Dede Westbrook. I don’t see Cruz competing with any of these guys for a spot on the field. Coaches want to have young receivers who have something to prove rather than older receivers.
The Jags have their starting receiving core
Jacksonville has their wide out group for the future. They are all young and can provide value for years to come. Cruz has maybe two or three years left in him and that’s if he does not retire before then.
He would have to compete for playing time as a slot receiver in Jacksonville. Why sign a player that may not even get to see the field at all? Would it be for depth? Possibly, but the Jags should make the smart move on not take a chance on Cruz.