Rueben Randle: Panthers 'just another opponent'

Rueben Randle respects the undefeated Panthers, but isn't putting them up on a pedestal like some other players.

If the Giants are to make a run for the playoffs, Rueben Randle will have to step up. He has scored 5 touchdowns this season, never more than one in a game. In the games he’s caught scores in, the Giants have won 4. The lone exception is the loss to Washington in which his one catch went for 36 yards and a TD.

While Odell Beckham Jr. has already equaled or topped most of his stats from last year, Randle is having a subpar season with 47 receptions for 591 yards at an average of 12.6 yards/catch and only one game of over 100 yards. Randle’s activity level has become even more magnified given the loss of the team’s bonafide 2nd option in Victor Cruz.

Looking ahead to Sunday afternoon’s matchup against the Panthers, Randle outlined the opposition’s linebackers as their core strength while also mirroring his coach’s week-in, week-out philosophy of protecting the philosophy.

“They just have some smart players, especially that linebacking corps. It gets them in great position to make plays, it’s going to be upon us to make sure we don’t…the opportunities to take care of the football and once our opportunities are there, make them pay for it”

The 4th year wide receiver out of LSU doesn’t believe that Carolina’s current undefeated status makes them any different from other opponents. Instead, he wants the team to focus on themselves and come out playing to their full potential, something they haven’t done with consistency throughout the year.              

“Yeah, we know they’re a great team but I don’t think we’re going to approach it any different from anybody else. We game plan just like they game plan, it’s going to be about who go out there and play best on Sunday.”

“Maybe you can look at it that way. Me, I just see it as another opponent, I don’t really try and get caught up in all that, just want to make sure I know what I’m doing and make sure we take full advantage of the opportunity”

Carolina look set to welcome back Charles Tillman who has missed the last four games due to a knee injury and while all the pregame hype has been about the OBJ-Josh Norman match-up, this one could very well come down to how well Randle outfoxes the wily veteran. If Tillman continues to sit, the Panthers will probably play Teddy Williams as their other options such as Bene Benwikere and Robert McClain are either injured or freshly signed off the waiver. Due to this instability, the Giants will be looking at Randle, more than anyone else, to be the high impact player he has shown himself to be.             

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