John Fennelly, Lead Writer
Two players we mentioned yesterday as keys to the Giants’ season opened some eyes at OTAs on Tuesday. DE Damontre Moore and WR Rueben Randle.
Moore, according the John Schmeelk of Giants.com, looks to be in high spirits and is showing off that quick first step towards the QB again:
“Moore was very active and very vocal during practice. He used his speed to get around James Brewer, Charles Brown, and Troy Kropog a number of times and let everyone know about it when he did with some loud yells. It’s good to see that type of enthusiasm and effort during practice from the second-year pro.”
Don’t forget: In 2012, Moore had 12.5 sacks at Texas A&M, finishing third in the SEC behind Jarvis Jones (the Steelers’ first-round pick in 2013) and Jadeveon Clowney, this year’s top pick in the NFL Draft. He was seen as a boom or bust prospect last year when the Giants took him in Round Three.
Last year, injuries helped him go bust. This year the Giants are hoping for the boom.
Randle is once again a training camp wonder, and the Giants would like to see Randle be more consistent during games. He did lead the team with a 14.9 YPC average and in receiving TDs (6), but he did not get in the end zone in the team’s first four or last six games.
Schmeek on Randle:
“Randle looked like he did in training camp last year, out-jumping a couple of defenders on an underthrown post pattern 30 yards down field. Earlier in the practice, he caught a nice slant from Eli Manning for a touchdown.”
The Giants are hoping Randle earns the trust of Eli early and often this season. Last year, Randle’s longest reception went for just 37 yards. Not quite what you want out of a promising vertical threat.
This year, Randle should draw single coverage on the outside and get more chances to make plays down the field. Last year, it appeared Randle was confused on some plays. He was the intended target on eight of Manning’s interceptions. In the new offense, there should be less misunderstandings between Eli and his receivers.