- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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NEW HAVEN, CONN. -- Rueben Randle can start preparing for sessions with Professor Nicks.
"I'm looking forward to helping him with anything, as far as off the field or on the field," Hakeem Nicks said Monday at an event at Southern Connecticut State University. "I've been in that situation before. It's something I know he'll be excited about and eager to learn the offense and I'm ready to teach him."
The Giants drafted Randle in the second round and he's expected to come in and produce right away, just like Nicks did back in 2009. There's an opening on the outside opposite of Nicks, and Randle is going to have a chance to earn that role. Nicks had 790 yards in his rookie year.
Nicks' biggest advice to the rookie receiver from LSU is to not put any pressure on himself as he prepares for his first year. As he tries to help Randle, Nicks is looking forward to being a leader this season, as he will be the longest-tenured starting receiver.
"Just play the game the same way you've been playing that got you to this point," Nicks said. "Be patient with yourself and don't get down on yourself, you're going to make some mistakes, that's part of the game, that's part of being a rookie. Everything isn't going to come right away, but when it does, then you're good."
Randle, registering at 6-2 and 208 pounds, caught 97 passes for 1,634 yards and 13 touchdowns in his time with LSU, and earned comparisons from Giants general manager Jerry Reese to Nicks. Reese mentioned the two receivers being similar speed wise and how they play, although Randle has a little more size to him.
"That's a compliment, even for a young guy to be compared," said Nicks, who caught 76 passes for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns last season. "I'm looking forward to playing with him and being out on the field with him."
Nicks liked what the Giants were able to accomplish in the Draft, mentioning the numerous additions to the offense as well as adding a cornerback in the third round. After the offense shined during the playoffs, Nicks believes the Giants can carry that strong play into this season.
"I think we can definitely maintain it throughout the year," Nicks said. "It's up to us, the sky's the limit. We just have to continue to remain humble and keep playing within the team and the system and I think we'll be OK."
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