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Is Victor Cruz finished as an NFL player?

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Former Giant will need the right situation

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Has Victor Cruz played his last down in the NFL? The now former New York Giants star wide receiver made it clear Monday when he was released by the Giants that he wants to continue playing.

“I think I have a lot of good football left ahead of me,” Cruz said. “I think there is still a lot of miles left on this body. I’ll definitely be searching and looking for work as the time comes.”

Will anyone offer him a job? Players are, quite honestly, often the last to know when their time has come. NFL scouts and general managers will determine whether or not Cruz gets another chance.

After Cruz’s release, we put together a list of five potential landing spots for the 30-year-old. The Washington Redskins are on that list, and Monday evening I was asked by a Washington sports writer if Cruz could help the Redskins. Here is what I said:

“He's not as explosive as he used to be, but if you can play him in the slot where he belongs he can still be useful.”

I reiterated that stance during an appearance Monday night on SB Nation Radio's Game Night with Matt Perrault.

"I don't think we saw Cruz play the position that's best for him during the 2016 season The Giants asked him to pay outside, and he made his career as a sot receiver, as a guy working inside.

"I think he probably has enough left to help somebody for another year, maybe two but he's going to have to find a situation with a team that lets him play in the slot, which is what he does best. He's just not big enough to really be successful on the outside."

Listen to the entire appearance with Perreault below. Of course, don’t forget to weigh in on whether you think someone will give Cruz a chance in 2017.

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