“Wide receiver Rueben Randle hit the football equivalent of a walk-off home run to end practice today. On the first play of the final two-minute drill, Eli Manning found Randle deep down the right sideline for a score, thus concluding OTA No. 9.” – Dan Salomone, Giants.com June 12.
“Yeah, we always try to do that,” Randle said after practice. “That’s the main focus, as soon as we get in the huddle, we know we have two minutes. We try to make that first play our impression. Today happened to me and it’s pretty exciting.”
Yes, Randle is off to doing what he does best – making big plays and scoring TDs. The Giants hope their third-year WR comes into his own in 2014 and develops into a league-class wideout. It’s very possible with the addition of Odell Beckham, Jr and a completely-focused Victor Cruz alongside him. Teams will find it difficult to double-cover the 6″3″ Randle this season.
Randle likes OC Ben McAdoo’s new offense, from the speed to the simplicity. He says less reads means he can concentrate on route-running and beating his man.
“When you can go out there and maintain that focus on one specific thing it allows you to go out there and play a lot faster. That’s what we’re doing here. I think that’s going to be key for us pushing forward to make more plays.”
Last season, Randle looked lost at times and was out of sync with QB Eli Manning, leading to incompletions as well as a few embarrassing turnovers. Those days appear to be behind him.
“The communication is there, we just want to make sure we’re all on the same page. Like I said, that played a tremendous… we talked about before practice, it’s something that we drive through and communicated through… we wanted to make sure we’re on the same page.”
With the communication issues basically solved, Randle believes he will succeed in the new offense, as it more tailored to his abilities.
“It frees me up a lot. 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.”
While Cruz grabs the headlines and most of the attention, and defenses struggle to find ways to contain Beckham, it could be Randle that has the best season among the Giants’ wideouts this season. Watching the Giants’ offense this season should be a lot less stressful for fans in 2014.