New York Giants RB David Wilson hasn’t seen many carries so far this season. As a first-round draft pick, the lack of playing time and opportunities to contribute has been a focal point in the local media. It appears as if Wilson will now get his opportunity to prove himself.
How about the guy the Giants used their second-round draft pick on? That would be WR Reuben Randle from LSU. Randle only has 13 receptions on the season, and just got his first touchdown reception this past Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. So why haven’t the Giants shown trust in Randle so far?
I don’t know how the Giants’ offensive staff feels about Randle. However, the Giants simply have three wide receivers who are a reliable part of the offense. WR Hakeem Nicks, WR Victor Cruz and WR Domenik Hixon are all ahead of Randle on the depth chart. QB Eli Manning knows what he can expect from those guys. Randle has to earn that trust.
Hixon injured his ankle in the loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, giving Randle an opportunity. Randle was the third wide receiver in the win against the Packers, finally getting that elusive first touchdown catch. Randle only caught one other pass in the game, so he’ll have to do more.
Randle should try to work with Manning a little more if he isn’t doing so already. Manning loves to throw to guys he trusts. The same can be said with his brother, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning. The chemistry Manning developed with former Indianapolis Colts WR Marvin Harrison and current Colts WR Reggie Wayne was key in Manning’s brilliant career.
For Eli’s first couple of seasons, his main targets were WR Plaxico Burress and TE Jeremy Shockey. Both refused to work out and run routes for Manning in the off-season, instead choosing to work out in Miami. That probably slowed Manning’s progress a bit.
When Burress and Shockey decided to work on chemistry with Manning in the 2007 off-season, it paid dividends. Manning was sharp early, but he did slip in the middle of the season, culminating in Shockey’s season-ending injury. Manning got it together and eventually led the Giants to their first Super Bowl victory.
If Randle wants to start making an impact sooner rather than later, he better make use of Manning’s cell phone number on a daily basis.