As most of you know I am the first one to say practice is practice and we need to see what a player can do in a game, but Rueben Randle started impressing early this year, and it continued yesterday. Randle who played in all 16 games last season had 19 receptions for 298 yards, 3 TD’s and 13 First Downs.
While working yesterday I had my twitterfeed open on my laptop and was following the Giants beat writers as they covered training camp. Now it’s hard not to notice when four different writers start to tweet about the same play, but the succession of mentions of Randle was hard to ignore. Passes to the sideline, deep passes over the middle, 15 yards, 30 yards, 60 yards….Over the shoulder, leaping, in stride receptions. Reuben Randle is the real deal and adding him to the group of Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, and Louis Murphy, makes the Giants a very explosive team.
Randle at 6’2″ 208 needs to make a statement to stay with this group and he is doing it. Over the past few years the Giants have brought in guys like Ramses Barden, and Jerrell Jernigan who have performed well at times, but never took that big step to be the next guy, it seems Reuben is taking that step.
Reuben had his coming out party last year vs Cleveland with 6 receptions, and then again in the final week party vs the Eagles. In the Philadelphia game he had 4 catches on 4 targets for 2 TD’s and 58 yards receiving. A day that fans, the organization, and obviously Randle remember well. It seems as if Reuben has treated that as his starting point and plans on moving up from there.
By the end of the next few seasons we could be watching the next great tandem of wideouts in the NFL in New York….but instead of just two, it could be three.