The 2012 second-round pick sat and watched as Victor Cruz wrecked his knee in Week 6 and Randle's own former college teammate, Odell Beckham Jr., raced past him into stratospheric stardom. Along the way, Randle struggled to produce consistently on the field and clashed with his New York Giants coaches, getting benched twice late in the season for issues that came up in practices and meetings during the week.
But Randle closed the year strong, catching 12 passes for 290 yards combined in the final two games. And as the Giants get to work in training camp, they expect big things to continue into Randle's fourth season.
"Rube has been working hard, has done everything we've asked of him, so I feel good moving forward," Giants receivers coach Sean Ryan said Monday ."To me, the past is the past and we're looking at 2015 and what's in front of us. Lessons have been learned, and I expect nothing but the best of him this year."
The story went on to say Randle doesn't like to talk about what went on between him and the coaching staff last season, but a lot of the issues had to do with Randle's ability to be on time consistently for meetings and his handling of some assignments in practice. But it was clear by the end of the season that he and the coaches believed the hurdles had been cleared and they were all ready to put the trouble behind them. Randle could be a forgotten man for defenses this year with Beckham and Cruz also roaming the field, but we note that could also hurt his targets, especially when you factor in RB Shane Vereen as another option. Cruz finished 32nd in PPR formats last year, making him a solid WR3, but we rank him in the 50s heading into this season.