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Rueben Randle taking advantage of opportunity

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08:42 AM ET 06.14 | New York Giants wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks have been absent from minicamps and OTAs this spring, so last year's second-round pick Rueben Randle had a perfect opportunity to take the spotlight and impress his coaches. Being quite the opportunist, Randle has done just that and he has earned the praise of his coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride has been so impressed with Randle that he says to get familiar with the second-year pro because he will be playing a lot come this fall.

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June 14, 2013  01:58 PM ET

Dead story, Victor Cruz just signed.

June 14, 2013  02:12 PM ET

I thought his name was Reuben Carter Randle-El.

June 14, 2013  02:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Dead story, Victor Cruz just signed.

Not completely dead. It does inform us that this guy is probably going to find some time on the field and might be impressive there. But yeah, Cruz knocks him back down the chart.

June 14, 2013  02:24 PM ET

Still, this guy is a stud and will be successful somewhere... maybe even with the Giants, if Nicks can't stay healthy.

I didn't realize this was only his 2nd season, upcoming

June 14, 2013  02:44 PM ET

Cruz better have a good year. His spot is on notice.

June 14, 2013  02:49 PM ET

Randle is a speed burner who started to emerge as a dendable receiver in the last few games of last season. From what I saw of him, he runs good routes and has better hands than I expected, too. I see him as having a breakout season this year as long as he stays healthy.

June 14, 2013  03:10 PM ET

I'm still not convinced that Nicks and Cruz are anything special.

Before Nicks and Cruz it was Mario Manningham and Steve Smith. And before them it was Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress.

NYG replaces receivers and they don't skip a beat. Because bottom line is it's not the Giants receivers who are special; it's their quarterback, their coaches and their system.

June 14, 2013  03:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'm still not convinced that Nicks and Cruz are anything special.Before Nicks and Cruz it was Mario Manningham and Steve Smith. And before them it was Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress.NYG replaces receivers and they don't skip a beat. Because bottom line is it's not the Giants receivers who are special; it's their quarterback, their coaches and their system.

Case in point...

Steve Smith led the NFC in receptions in 2009. He was Eli Manning's go-to man in New York. Yet he was unequivocal garbage after he left the Giants. And he's already out of the league.

June 14, 2013  05:05 PM ET

Rueben Randle was drafted because he did not have the numbers in that LSU offense, but he had the upside. Nicks has missed a lot of time the last two years. He will play a lot.

 
June 15, 2013  12:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I'm still not convinced that Nicks and Cruz are anything special.Before Nicks and Cruz it was Mario Manningham and Steve Smith. And before them it was Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress.NYG replaces receivers and they don't skip a beat. Because bottom line is it's not the Giants receivers who are special; it's their quarterback, their coaches and their system.

Cruz sure thinks he is.

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