With all the storylines surrounding first round pick Odell Beckham Jr. and Super Bowl XLVI hero Mario Manningham, one wide receiver who isn’t getting a lot of attention this summer is Rueben Randle. That’s kind of surprising when you consider that Randle broke out with 611 yards and six touchdowns in 2013 and is expected to be New York’s second-leading receiver this season now that Hakeem Nicks is out of the picture.
“I’m definitely more comfortable going into my third year,” said Randle, “You get your feet set in and just go out there and play a lot faster. You have the confidence in the team around you and they have the confidence in you.”
With Beckham getting off to a slow start in camp with an injured hamstring, Randle will only be depended on more to carry a heavy receiving load early in the season.
“I’m confident in my ability,” he said, “It’s just up to me to go out there and get the job done. It’s as simple as that. I don’t want to add any more pressure to myself. Just go out there and play football.”
For Randle to have his best season yet in 2014, the offense has got to cut down on interceptions. Quarterback Eli Manning threw 27 of them last season, and that was in part due to miscommunication between the signal caller and his receivers.
“The biggest thing was not being on the same page,” explained Randle, “That’s what led to turnovers. This year we have to communicate with each other to make sure we’re on the same page. I want to make sure the turnovers from last year are cut out. The amount we had last year was unacceptable.”
A new west coast offense led by new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo may make it harder for the wide receivers and quarterback to get on track. However, Randle is a fan of the system so far.
“Coach has put us in position to make plays and that’s what we love to do as receivers,” he said, “We have a lot of short routes but they also let us go deep. He puts his gameplan in that fits his players. That’s what we all like.”
McAdoo’s offense is supposed to be one that features a lot of short passes, but Randle doesn’t seem to be concerned about a lack of deep throws. Last season, he was able to burn defenses to the tune of 14.9 yards per reception. We’ll get our first look at Randle and the new Giants offense in this Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game versus the Buffalo Bills.
“You just have to go out there and play football,” said Randle, “It’s not about being too high or too low. It’s the first game of the year, just have to go out there and have the energy and make plays.”