Rueben Randle has put together a solid season for the New York Giants. The second-year wide receiver has caught 32 passes for 524 yards and a team-high six touchdowns. However, even though his stats are look pretty decent, the Giants may be disappointed overall.
New York felt like they had a No. 1-caliber receiver in Randle and that 2013 was going to be his coming-out party. It hasn’t been. Some blame can be attributed to the struggles from Eli Manning, but Randle is also clearly not ready to handle the load of a No. 1 receiver.
Randle has quickly become Manning’s favorite target in the red zone, but he needs to strive for a greater level of consistency throughout a game. He has only caught five passes or more twice this season. He’s also only gone over the 100-yard receiving mark once this year. While Randle is a great threat to have near the end zone, he needs to become a more reliable receiver for Manning.
It’s also clear that the chemistry between Randle and Manning is still a work-in-progress. Randle needs to become more experienced reading coverages and making the necessary adjustment on a route. Manning threw a bevy of interceptions earlier in the year because Randle and him were not on the same page.
Victor Cruz has developed into Manning’s most reliable receiver. However, while Cruz is an elite talent, his size and style of play means the Giants need another bona fide No. 1. It also looks as though Hakeem Nicks is done as a New York Giant, so the team may need to bring someone else in for next season. The Giants can’t expect to excel on offense with a lot pressure on Randle’s shoulders.
Randle has tremendous upside and could eventually be the guy the Giants go to down the line. However, he is not at that point quite yet. We’ll see if he can show some signs of consistency over the last five games of the season.