With the addition of first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. and new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, the New York Giants receivers looked poised for a big improvement, Rueben Randle told reporters on Thursday.
Even with Victor Cruz as the No. 1 receiver, the Giants' receivers finished in the bottom half of the league in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. A lot of those struggles could be attributed to the poor play of quarterback Eli Manning and the offensive line, but a new offensive scheme could put both Manning and the receivers in a better position with quick passes.
"I'm liking it, it's going to be pretty exciting," Randle said. "Coach McAdoo has done a great job putting us in positions to make plays and using our abilities. We still have a lot of work to put in out there on the field, but as far as now, we're in a good spot."
The new scheme not only gets the ball out of Manning's hand faster—the Giants were in the bottom half of the league in number of QB hits last year, too—but also puts less pressure on the receivers to make reads by using a simple format, Randle said.
"When you go out there and maintain that focus on one specific thing it allows you to go out there and play a lot faster," Randle noted. "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 finished fourth on the team with 41 receptions, behind Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and tight end Brandon Myers. Randle was clearly Manning's No. 3 receiver but, but Nicks' departure in free agency has left a void that Randle says he's ready to fill.
"I just have to make plays," Randle admitted. "It's that simple. I don't want to put any more pressure on myself or make it difficult or anything like that, just go out there and prove myself and that's what I'm trying to do."
The third-year receiver excelled in space last season, with 211 of his 611 total yards coming after the catch. And fortunately for Randle, it looks like the new offense will let him do what he does best while trying to prove he's the No. 2 receiver.
"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."