Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle is coming off his best season in the NFL where he was just shy of his first 1000 yard season and notched over 70 receptions. The dynamic of Randle, Odell Beckham Jr, and Victor Cruz creates a potent wide receiving crew for the Giants is in 2015.
Unfortunately all three receivers have battled brief injury spouts throughout training camp and the preseason, with Randle’s and Cruz’s possibly leaking into the regular season. Cruz is questionable with a nagging hamstring injury and Randle is still questionable to play in the opener as he is dealing with a persistent knee tendinitis pain. In a conference call with The Giants Beat, the 4th year pro out of LSU spoke about his injury recovery and the offenses’ progression.
“I’m getting back to my normal self,” Randle stated. “I’m still trying to work out a little bit of the kinks with it (knee tendinitis), still gets a little sore, but it’s manageable and I think everything will be fine. I think everyone is excited to play a real game where it really counts.”
While it is disappointing to hear of the reoccurring pain for number 82, according to his response it appears that he is coping with the mild injury positively. Randle knows that when he does have a full bill of health, he will add to a vigorous offensive scheme that the Giants have planned for 2015.
“I think a lot more aggressive since everyone understands the offense and the looks that we need to check into certain plays,” Randle commented on the tone for offense. “The execution will come as long as we continue to get reps but the aggression that we have is far beyond last year and that’s something we like to see as receivers.”
The combination of OBJ, Cruz and Randle on the field together will definitely be able to stretch opposing defenses and secondaries. The addition of Shane Vereen allows for Manning to check to less risky plays, if the aggressive play call is made at an unfavorable time. Randle also knows that that the chemistry the offense has built within the scheme will only progress further as the season trenches forward.
“As long as we continue to build and build that chemistry where we all are on the same page, it should be exciting.”
Randle’s optimism is encouraging as the preseason showing of the first string offense hasn’t exactly been mouth-watering. Randle expects that to change when Cruz, OBJ and himself are all on the field together; as to whether that will opening Sunday against Dallas, the LSU alum remains unsure.
“I hope so, but I’m not sure. I’m not sure how this week is going to go, but I’m hoping everyone will be able to return and we have all of our weapons out there on the field to come out and try and get a victory.”
Randle’s status will be officially determined in the coming week, but if the top three wide receivers on the depth chart line up against Dallas on Sunday, they will certainly be a force to reckon with.