The Bears have more question marks than answers at receiver going into next season. That’s why they’ve signed former Giant Victor Cruz.
Cruz isn’t without his own question marks, but he could provide some much needed stability at the position.
Cruz signed a one-year deal with the Bears Tuesday morning then he immediately went out to practice with his new teammates during their OTA workout.
“I’m happy to be here. Happy that we got everything squared away and excited to get started,” Cruz told reporters after practice.
The Bears are hoping to turn back the clock on Cruz to about five years ago when he was one of the most productive receivers in the NFL. In 2011, 2012 and 2013 he averaged 80 receptions per season. Twice he had more than one thousand yards in receptions and in 2013 he came up only two yards short of that mark again.
Then came a knee injury that sidelined Cruz most of the 2014 season and all of 2015. Cruz believes he can regain his pre-injury form.
“I think I have the potential to be the guy that you saw a few years ago. We’ll see how it goes, but we’ll take it one day at a time.”
Not only does Cruz believe that he can again be the receiver he once was before his injury, he also believes he can play a key role here mentoring the Bears younger receivers.
“I think I fold into that mold very well,” says Cruz. “I think it’s natural for me and I think I’m excited to help these younger guys get better and watch them grow.”
Cruz fills an area of need for the Bears…a receiver who excels in the slot.
“I think that’s where I’m most comfortable,” said Cruz. “Obviously I’d love to play all over wherever coach wants me to play. I think last year I proved that I can play some outside with the Giants and things like that. I think my most comfortable, natural position is in the slot and that we can kind of expand it from there.”