Let the Victor Cruz comparisons begin.
For newly-signed Julian Talley, they have surely already begun, but right now all he seeks to do is secure his spot on the New York Giants' roster.
Talley has good size at 6’1”, 185 pounds, but—despite the likely comparisons to former Minuteman Cruz—does not possess the blitzing speed his salsa-dancing predecessor boasts.
Despite this, Pro Football Weekly does note some positives of Talley’s game:
He has the ability to carve out a pro career of his own. Has an athletic build, shows smooth movement skills and is quick in and out breaks. While his production was hindered by poor quarterback play, Talley has worked outside and inside and has punt- and kickoff-return experience, and comes from a I-AA program that recently has produced several NFL products.
Wes Bunting, meanwhile, points out that Talley needs to work on his hands, while also improving on plucking the football out of the air and making the catch.
Talley could use some polish to his game, as Bunting notes, but he certainly could have a place on the Giants roster, or simply in the NFL. He is a versatile receiver, willing to play special teams and contribute in any way he must.
It is unlikely he'll be even half the star Victor Cruz has become, but he certainly should not be written off.
Talley has talent and will get his opportunity to play.