Who Thinks Victor Cruz Is Still A Slot Guy?

With the Brandon Stokley signing and Mario Manningham’s concussion – one very opportune second year rookie torched the opposing corners as a wideout once again.

WR Victor Cruz is clearly a beast out wide, although he has made significant progress in the slot over the past two weeks. In the Giants offense with a lot of moving parts, Cruz will have to continue his pursuit of executing both roles — but clearly his best skill set involves making big plays as a wideout.

I heard Cowherd talking about this yesterday, and it reminded me of what we’ve talked about here for some time now. Cruz is a better wideout than slot receiver. He was out wide when he torched the Jets last year, he was out wide Sunday against the Eagles when he made the biggest plays of the game. Time to take notice of this pattern.

So the question becomes, if Manningham returns next week who would you rather see play slot? To me, Beckum and Stokley are those guys… Although Beckum needs to pull his weight when called upon. Cruz is q big play guy, just like Mario and Hakeem. He should be getting snaps mostly out wide and he can rotate in from time to time but I want his best assets utilized most of be time.

And that’s as a wideout.

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  • killinrod

    He can be the slot receiver the giants need and couple him with Manningham and nicks and everybody watchout.@giantsbuzztap

  • damien925

    Victor cruz is the next Steve Smith from the panthers…strong and fast…no slot receiver..give him a chance

  • gmenhq

    I agree, he’s got major upside out wide. in the slot — they dont need to limit his potential all game

  • jbernard27

    LMAO… The next Steve Smith from the Panthers… Terrible choice of comparison… He’s not as fast as Smith, he’s not an over the middle receiver like smith, and if you’re saying just leave him at wideout, then he has no flexibility like Steve Smith from the Panthers… U can line up steve Smith in the slot and wide, and he is consistent with catching the ball…

    When Manningham is healthy, he is back to being the # 2 receiver. He is better, more experienced and bigger… Rotating, I am fine with, but Cruz will need to Step up as a slot receiver as well… If he can’t catch a slant pass then or adjust his route due to a blitz, then there’s a problem…