Most of the storylines surrounding the Giants’ preseason (at least the ones that aren’t about Jason Pierre-Paul or Eli Manning’s contract) are centered on the wide receivers. Odell Beckham Jr. is expected to have a fantastic sophomore season, but he hasn’t caught a pass in two preseason games. Victor Cruz has set to see any game action since tearing the patellar tendon in his knee last October. The one receiver that isn’t being talked about as much is Rueben Randle, and he’s the one who might have some good news to share.
The fourth-year player out of LSU has been suffering through knee tendinitis, but he expects to play against the Jets in the third preseason game on Saturday.
“As far as I know, I should be playing,” said Randle. “So we will see how this week goes. It is just all about me keeping my body warmed up and make sure I’m properly stretched and not putting all the pressure on that knee tendon, so I’m just going to do a couple more exercises to make sure I keep that tendon loose.”
Randle is often overlooked because of his disappointing 2015 campaign. After Cruz got hurt, Randle was expected to be New York’s top receiver, but instead Beckham took over that role and ran with it. Still, Randle managed to gain over 200 yards combined in the final two games of the regular season and should have a big role in 2015 as the third receiver in an offense that uses a lot of three-wide-receiver sets.
If Randle, Beckham, and Cruz can just managed to get on the field at the same time, the Giants might finally show fans what they want to see on offense.
“We all have a pretty good grasp of the offense,” said Randle. “It is just going to be about us going out there and executing once we are all healthy enough to stay on the field and get on the field at the same time.”
Although Randle and Beckham will play against the Jets, Cruz will continue to be absent. With the veteran of the bunch not likely to start until the regular season, Randle has an opportunity to see more throws from quarterback Eli Manning and build off what was an outstanding finish to the 2014 season. If he’s able to do that, Randle might be able to surprise his doubters this year.