Big Blue United: ‘Outside’ Receivers – A Look At the Longshot WRs to Make the Final 53

Julian Talley is one of 5 long shots to make the Giants’ 53 man roster this year.
Photo Credit: Mark L Baer (USA TODAY Sports)

By Rich Nardo – Big Blue United 5.29.14

Kris Adams
Jersey No: 89 | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 194 | Age: 26 | Years Pro: 3 | College: Texas El-Paso

Kris Adams is possibly the most intriguing of the 5 receivers mentioned here. At 6’3″/194, he is the biggest receiver on the roster (at least height-wise) and he ran a 4.4 40 time at his UTEP Pro Day when entering the draft. After going undrafted in 2011, Adams bounced around the practice squads for the Bears, Rams, Vikings and Colts before seemingly finding a home with the Giants in camp last year. Of course, he then fractured his leg in the first preseason game against the Steelers and was subsequently waived/injured.

Adams has a lot of the skillset of your prototypical ‘X’ receiver and loves to work the sideline where he takes full advantage of his size and speed. In college he displayed a nose for the endzone and the ability to lay out for the tough grabs. The thing that’s held him back at the pro level has been that he’s pretty much a one-speed receiver. Coming off a fractured leg, Adams will have had to adjust that and be more willing/effective on shorter breaks.

Marcus Harris
Jersey No: 18 | Height: 6-1 | Weight: 187 | Age: 25 | Years Pro: 1 | College: Murray State

Marcus Harris finished his career at Murray State as the school’s all-time leader in receptions. He originally signed with the Lions, but never caught on. He spent last year with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena League where he caught 94 passes for 1,223 yards and 19 touchdowns. He definitely lacks the size and speed of a Kris Adams, but he excels as a route runner and is a hard-nosed guy. From what we know about McAdoo, timing will likely be key for his receivers. This is a fact that will help Harris in his quest to make the team, as it was always a strength and was fine-tuned in the close confines of an Arena League field last year.

Travis Harvey
Jersey No: 88 | Height: 6-2 | Weight: 185 | Age: 24 | Years Pro: R | College: Florida A&M

Harvey had a cup of coffee with the Titans in training camp last year but never made the roster. He’s a burner with a 4.4 40 time, but has a lot of room to grow as a receiver. He only played one year of college football due to issues with grades. Not much hope for the 2014 active roster here, but a strong camp could earn him a spot on the practice squad and a greater chance at the 2015 roster.

Highlights –> http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1447184/highlights/49486382

Preston Parker
Jersey No: 83 | Height: 6-0 | Weight: 200 | Age: 27 | Years Pro: 4 | College: Florida St. / North Alabama 

Parker came out of high school as one of the most highly regarded receivers in the country. He chose Florida State, where he made an immediate impact as more of an ‘offensive weapon’ than a receiver. As a sophomore, Parker became the first player under coach Bobby Bowden to garner 80+ yards receiving, rushing and returning kicks in one game over the course of a season (though they weren’t the same game). Unfortunately, the only thing as long as his stat sheet is his arrest sheet. After three suspensions due to legal reasons, Parker was kicked off the team and finished his senior year at North Alabama. He was building momentum with the Buccaneers before being cut in favor of Tiquan Underwood. He then picked up with the Saints for the 2013 preseason but never made the final roster despite having two touchdowns in his biggest opportunity of the preseason.

As you can imagine, the skillset is there for Parker. The question is whether or not he can be a character guy in this league. In a deep receiver unit for a Giants squad that is probably mentally worn out from their Will Hill dealings, it will be really tough for Parker to make the team. That being said, he’s also the receiver I’d most like to see the team take a flier on.

Julian Talley
Jersey No: 19 | Height: 6-1 | Weight: 192 | Age: 24 | Years Pro: 2 | College: Massachussetts

Julian Talley is the “other” local New Jersey guy that went undrafted out of UMASS but is trying to find stability with his hometown team. How many teams have TWO of those??? Talley was a standout in college and has the potential to be a really exciting player. Like Cruz, he’s great after the catch and can get vertical but his hands aren’t quite at the level of Victor’s and he’s a bit slower out of the gate. Still, he has called Victor ‘big brother’ since college just like Beckham Jr. has called Rueben Randle by the same name since there days at LSU. The Giants could redefine ‘receiver fraternity’ if Talley were to make the roster.

Rich Nardo (@heynardo) is the senior managing editor for BigBlueUnited.com. He is also a managing editor at madeofchalk.com, a partner in the entertainment marketing firm 24West and a freelance writer. Most importantly, he is the foremost taco aficionado in New York. Check out more of his BBU contributions here and his other work here. 

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