The New York Giants had high hopes for second-year wide receiver Rueben Randle coming into the 2013 season. Those hopes weren’t dashed but, at the same time, they also weren’t fulfilled.
Randle, who was drafted by the Giants in the second round out of LSU, caught a team-high six touchdowns this season. He was New York’s most lethal threat in the red zone, catching two more touchdowns than anyone else on the team. Randle’s highlight game came against the Philadelphia Eagles, where he caught six passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
Randle was an inconsistent target on the outside for Eli Manning. He caught five or more passes in a game just twice this season. He also went three games without any catches. Although Randle was there to make some big plays, Manning could never rely on Randle to be a reliable option.
Manning and Randle had chemistry issues throughout the season, especially early on. Through the first six games of the season (the Giants had lost all six), six of Manning’s interceptions came on passes that were intended for Randle. The two were simply not on the same page. These issues lingered throughout the season and continued to hamper the Giants offense.
New York is likely going to let Hakeem Nicks walk in this current offseason. Therefore, the Giants will need to use either the draft or free agency to boost their receiving corps. Randle is a borderline No. 2 receiver right now and far away from becoming a No. 1. New York cannot go into next year with only Randle and Victor Cruz as their feature receivers.
The Giants may scoop up Clemson‘s Sammy Watkins or Texas A&M‘s Mike Evans if either of them fall into New York’s lap at pick No. 12. It will be interesting to see how the front office handles the wide receiver situation, but something must be done and moves must be made.