The Giants are seeing a more focused Ruben Randle this summer (Graziano, June 24).
Randle, who is entering his third season, is expected to have a more consistent season this year, with Hakeem Nicks elsewhere and rookie — and former teammate at LSU — Odell Beckham Jr. lining up with him.
“For me, the battle with him is consistency, and I think he’s addressed it in this offseason in the way he approaches his job,” wide receivers coach Sean Ryan said. “I’ve seen a difference in his seriousness towards his work.”
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Randle led the Giants in receiving TDs with 6 last season, was third in yardage (611) and fourth in receptions (41). He had some drops, ran some wrong routes and at times looked lost out there. But the Giants are gleaning the positives from Randle’s sophomore season such as his 14.9 YPC average and his overall ability to both catch the ball in traffic as well as get separation down the sideline.
Randle was asked at OTAs if the new offense is better tailored to his talents than the old.
“It frees me up a lot,” he said. “Just go out there and do what I do, just create separation and make plays. I had to really focus on reading than looking all over the field, just running routes. I think we’re all happy to be a part of that type of offense.”
The coaches have taken notice. They believe they have something special in Randle…
“Rueben’s had a very productive offseason,” OC Ben McAdoo said last week. “He’s a smart player and he’s caught on to things pretty well. I’m excited for Rueben.”
So are we. If there is any player on the Giant offense that is primed for a breakout year, it’s Randle. With Cruz, Beckham and Jernigan alongside in the WR group and a beefed-up running game, Randle will see a lot of single coverage. And that, folks, may not be enough to hold this young man down.