At this point, most New York Giants fans are probably just anxiously awaiting the end of the season. This year has pretty much been a disaster with a little bit of a good stretch in the middle. A couple of solid games to finish off the season could provide a little bit of a silver lining before the team is thrown back into the fire next year.
Without Victor Cruz for the final two games, the already-struggling Eli Manning has his work cut out for him. It doesn’t help that Hakeem Nicks has really just been going through the motions on the outside. Jerrel Jernigan is going to see extended time in the slot where Cruz would normally be, but Rueben Randle has a real opportunity to show that he can handle the load of a starting receiver.
Randle has had an up-and-down year for New York. He leads the team in touchdown catches with six, but he hasn’t proven to be a reliable target for Manning. He’s caught five or more passes in a game just twice this season, and he’s been shut out completely in two games. Randle says that he wants to show coaches that he is capable of being a starting receiver in this league and if that’s going to happen, he needs to achieve a greater level of consistency.
Randle gave Giants fans a nice going-away present in the final game last season when he caught two touchdowns against the Eagles. He provided a little bit of a bright spot in a game that was otherwise meaningless. We’ll see if Randle will be able to duplicate that this year in either of the final two games. The Giants are likely going to part ways with Nicks after the season, and a couple of nice games from Randle may help ease the transition.