|Giants OC: Randle will play a lot -- Thu Jun 13 6:50 pm --|
Second-year WR benefiting from absences of Cruz, Nicks
|The biggest story of the Giants' offseason program was the absence of wide receivers Hakeem Nicks (from voluntary OTAs) and Victor Cruz (from OTAs and this week's minicamp). But the player OC Kevin Gilbride gushed about following the team's brief walkthrough Thursday morning was Rueben Randle.
"[Over the past month] he looked like a guy that's been here for five or six years. He really benefited from the opportunity," Gilbride said. "Oh, he's gonna play. He's gonna play a lot. He'll play first, second down, he'll be an outside receiver for us - whether he's at the X or the Z, he's gonna play. " (ESPN New York)|
FF Today's Take: Gilbride could easily be heaping the praise on Randle to push Cruz to sign his deal, but the second-year wideout is a first-round talent that was dogged by questions about his work ethic - which doesn't seem to be the case now. A properly-motivated Randle could make the Giants' offense pretty dynamic. Given his skill set, Randle is a player that needs to be monitored during training camp as a potential top 40-50 fantasy WR.