From Rotoworld…ESPN’s Ed Werder reported on NFL Live Friday that contract talks between the Giants and unsigned restricted free agent Victor Cruz have “stalemated.”:
John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Semantics are coming into play here. Cruz is a slot receiver by nature, but he also can line up outside. Welker rarely does that, and hardly do the other top “slot” receivers in the NFL: Danny Amendola, Lance Moore, etc.
Cruz is a different type of player than those guys. He can take the ball to the house. Those other players predominantly work the underneath and the seams. That is why Cruz is worth more than they are in the market. $8 million sounds about right. Looks like the Giants still want him for less, however, but we all know he’ll be doing a lot more than is expected from a normal ‘slot’ receiver.
To Cruz’ advantage, he is extremely versatile and has the gift of improvisation. He is not a niche player. You can’t cubbyhole him because of where he’s lining up on the field. Once the ball is snapped, the defense treats him like they would a No. 1 outside receiver. They get their best DB on him . I think many football purists are confusing an inside receiver with a slot receiver.
Cruz is built like a slot receiver and mainly lines up inside, but his scope and abilities are greater than that of a slot guy. Unfortunately for him, the Giants plan to continue to line up their bigger receivers (Hakeem Nicks, Rueben Randle) on the outside, leaving him inside for the the foreseeable future. And there lies the rub…