Expectations for Giants' Rueben Randle

July, 20, 2012
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Scouts Inc.'s Gary Horton has picked his top 10 rookie wide receivers Insiderwho are in the best position to succeed in 2012. Among them is Rueben Randle, who was the second-round pick of the New York Giants. It's an Insider article, so I can't give you the whole thing unless you pay. But here's part of why Gary likes Randle:
He comes from a pass offense at LSU that wasn't very sophisticated, but he has good route-running ability, size and surprising vertical production. He may not start, but when the Giants go to their three-WR set, with Victor Cruz in the slot and Hakeem Nicks outside, Randle can step into Manningham's old role with mostly single coverages.

That is where Randle makes his impact, be it this year or in years beyond. The question to be answered in training camp is whether he's ready as a player to be able to do that right away. I agree that the situation is ripe for Randle, especially given quarterback Eli Manning's propensity for getting the most out of his receievers. But we can't know how long it will take a guy to adapt to the NFL game, and while beating out Domenik Hixon, Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan may not sound like the most daunting task, it's one Randle will have to accomplish if he wants playing time out of the gate. The injury that's expected to cost Nicks most of training camp should open up some prime reps for Randle in practice and in preseason games, and if he shows enough in them, he could matter early on. If not, he could still matter more as the year goes along.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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