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Giants GM Jerry Reese met with the media on Saturday at the NFL Combine to discuss various roster subjects. He spoke most candidly about Rueben Randle, shedding some light on the team’s internal view of the talented wideout. The organizational decision to let Hakeem Nicks test free agency was… hardly decision worthy. However, that doesn’t mean his long-term replacement is currently on the roster. According to Reese, the “jury’s still out” on Randle’s capacity for holding down the #1 receiver spot. With that said, he’s expecting a “significant jump” in year three behind heightened responsibility.
"“We continue to expect him to grow and be a more mature player and be a strong contributor for us.” “I think he’s a good player. I’m not sure if he’s a one, if he’s a two, if he’s a three, but I think he can contribute to our receiving corps.”"
Not exactly glowing praise from Reese. Randle led the team in touchdowns (6) and YAC per reception (5.2) in his 78 targets. There is no denying his lethal playmaking after the catch, but the mental side of the game — consistency and assertiveness — is critical for Randle to progress towards his physical potential.