The New York Giants lost one of their best receivers this offseason when Hakeem Nicks decided to sign elsewhere with the Indianapolis Colts. New York will now ask former LSU Tiger WR Rueben Randle to step into Nicks’ role as the team’s No. 1 receiver, which is where he could thrive.
Randle, a 6-foot-2, 208-pound wideout, has the size needed to be a team’s No. 1 receiver, but he has never started more than three games in a season and has never contributed as the team’s top option. While the team still has WR Victor Cruz, he is a much better fit and works much better out of the slot. New York also selected WR Odell Beckham, another former LSU star, in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to pair with Randle to give QB Eli Manning a nice set of receivers to work with.
Randle’s game is built around speed and route running. He has excellent ball skills and can break off a long one from anywhere on the field if he can get his hands on the football.
But that is one of Randle’s problems, getting his hands on the football, as he has struggled during his first two NFL seasons with catching the ball. Randle can break open from anywhere on the field, but he simply lacks the concentration necessary to secure the catch.
In his third season, however, I think that will change.
Randle is stepping into a situation where he is the team’s top receiver and will be paired with two other receivers who offer up just as much speed as he does, which will help open up New York’s offense for Manning and Co. Randle put together a solid 2013 campaign in which he collected 41 receptions for 611 yards and six touchdowns, but in 2014 I think he doubles his receptions and yardage marks from 2013 and scores anywhere from 8-10 touchdowns.
With receiving options like Beckham and Cruz working alongside Randle, New York could have a potent offense this season if Manning takes care of the football.