The New York Giants made a big splash in the 2014 NFL Draft when they selected the electrifying WR/KR Odell Beckham Jr. with their first-round pick. After an abysmal showing from the entire offensive unit, the team knew that they had to revamp their entire group in the 2014 offseason. The team accomplished their objective by drafting Beckham Jr. and letting Hakeem Nicks walk in free agency. The Giants plan to use the rookie on the outside and keep Victor Cruz in the slot position. However, due to the departure of Nicks the team has a vacancy the other outside position. That’s where third-year wide receiver Rueben Randle will come in.
The 2013 season is one that the Giants would certainly like to forget. The offense struggled so much that even Cruz, who is considered to be a perennial top-15 fantasy WR, struggled mightily throughout the season. In all of the poor performances on the offensive side of the ball for the Giants, Randle was certainly a bright spot as he was able to improve upon his individual statistics from 2012. In 2013, Randle doubled the amount of receptions he had in his rookie season and led the team with six touchdowns grabs.
With a revamped offensive unit, Randle should flourish even more in 2014. I’d be shocked if he finished the year as New York’s touchdown receptions leader again, but he is a player fantasy owners can expect big things out of in the upcoming season. I would even go so far as to say that he can be considered a high-end WR-3 with the potential to reach high-end WR-2 status by the end of the season. Randle has good size and hands to be a reliable red zone target for Eli Manning for many years to come.