d Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz could be one of the best one-two punches in the NFL this upcoming season, but that is if all things go well. With Cruz not playing since 2013 and defenses focusing on Beckham religiously when he takes the field, the New York Giants seriously need to focus one picking up a wideout.
Some fans may be saying, “But what about Rueben Randle?” Randle may have been consistent playing every game of his career, but that consistency has not translated into his play on the field, which is why the Giants and Randle should part ways this season.
A second round pick out of LSU in 2012, Randle was drafted to replace Mario Manningham who was picked up by the 49ers. Randle was coming off an excellent college career especially in 2011 where he caught 53 balls for 917 and eight touchdowns. He also averaged 17.3 yards a catch that season. The Giants jumped on the wide receiver believing he could be the playmaker they needed.
As we know, this didn’t go as planned. Randle didn’t make a statement in his rookie season mostly because he had players in front of him like Domenik Hixon. However, when he got the starting role, he didn’t make the best of the situation.
Focusing on last season, Randle continued with his mediocrity. As a 16-game starter, the wideout caught 57 out of 90 targets for 797 which ranked 43rd in the league among wide receivers.
The most disturbing stat, though, is his yards after the catch where he accumulated only 194 last season. As per reception, he ranked 118th among wideouts averaging 3.6 yards after the catch.
Looking past the stats, Randle’s demeanor on the field was one not found in a starting wideout. Watching tape, one will find the wideout running lazy routes and taking the easy way out running out of bounds. Last season especially there seemed to be no drive within Randle to take contact and fight for those extra yards.
Overall, the playmaker the Giants thought they drafted has not been found in Randle, which is why the team is focusing on their other options. In free agency, they are spreading thin after the signings of Mike Wallace, Mohamed Sanu, and Rishard Matthews to name a few. The 49ers, Anquan Boldin, may be a good option as he is looking for a team he can compete with after providing the only light in San Francisco last season.
If not in free agency, don’t be surprised the take another shot with a rookie and draft a wideout to fill the hole. TCU’s Josh Doctson had a great combine running a 4.5 40-yard dash and posting a vertical of 41 inches. He could be a huge threat on the other side of Beckham, and if the Giants agree, they could get him high in the second round.
Either way, Randle should not be a Giant in the 2016 season. The Los Angeles Rams have expressed interest in the wideout, and although Randle is interested in returning to New York, the Giants seem skeptical that the tides will change in the wideout’s performance.
It’s time for Randle to set sail and find a new home in the NFL.