Entering Week 16 of the NFL Regular Season, the New York Giants have made another roster move to hopefully improve on the disaster of a season Big Blue has stumbled through. The Giants have officially placed CB Corey Webster on Injured Reserve, and have signed wide receiver Julian Talley from the practice squad. So, who is he?
Talley was an undrafted free agent from the 2012 NFL Draft out of University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass). The receiver has drawn many comparisons to Giants teammate and former UMass standout Victor Cruz since his arrival in the NFL, with a stature of 6-foot-1, 192 pounds.
Many may not know the former practice squad receiver, as he has had limited action in preseason games and has only had the opportunity to showcase his skills to the coaching staff through daily practices during the week.
Talley will most likely take Cruz’s spot on the field next week against the Detroit Lions, as he suffered a concussion in Week 15 with a hard fall from a tackle in mid-air.
Now, these next two weeks are critical for both Talley and the Giants organization, as wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is unlikely to return to the team in 2014 and there will be a spot to fill before next season. Jerrel Jernigan has stepped up this season when his name was called, but his inconsistency since his arrival on the Giants in 2012 may concern the coaching staff to commit to him long term.
If Talley can come in and produce in these last two weeks of the season, he could most certainly leverage his way into the conversation of the next slot receiver of the Giants in 2014.