Rueben Randle Fantasy News

Giants' new offense has West Coast principles
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 10:20am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Once the Giants receivers learn the new verbiage, Ben McAdoo's offense in general should be easier to execute. Gone are the complicated route-reads the wide receivers were tasked with under Kevin Gilbride. In are the defined routes of McAdoo and his West Coast-style offense.

“As far as my route-running was concerned in the slot position, a lot of my routes were determined by what the secondary was doing, what type of coverage they were in. That would dictate my route,” Victor Cruz said. “As far as this offense is concerned, it’s a lot more of your route is your route, and you can dictate that off your coverage and know what you have and [Eli Manning] can find you within those different holes. Now it’s a lot less dependent on what my body language is.”

That should help the Giants cut down on the mistakes. It should help Manning cut down on the interceptions.

Fantasy Impact:

Defined routes should also help Rueben Randle, who struggled at times to stay on the same page as his quarterback. Randle was the #28 WR through the first 11 weeks, but faded down the stretch (12-151 in the final six weeks).

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Eli Manning expects to be ready for training camp
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 5:21pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is using crutches to get around the team's facility this week, but he cast them aside before coming out in a walking boot to address assembled media Tuesday.

Manning's message, as he always tries to make it, is that there's nothing to worry about -- that the ankle surgery he had a couple of weeks ago was the right move at the right time and that it shouldn't affect the Giants' 2014 season.

"I think I'm safe to say I'll be 100 percent by the start of training camp," Manning said. "I would hope so."

Manning had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle April 10. At that time, he and the team said he expected to be cleared to start running again in six weeks. But cleared to run doesn't necessarily mean cleared to practice.

Fantasy Impact:

Manning is missing valuable time throwing to his receivers, specifically Rueben Randle, with whom Manning had several miscommunications during the 2013 season. The Giants are also installing a new offense; Manning surely will be getting "mental reps," but we'd feel better about the prospects of a bounce back season if he were able to throw this spring.

Thursday, April 17, 2014, 10:01am

Ralph Vacchiano, Twitter - [Full Article]

Former Giants OC Kevin Gilbride implied that he isn't sure Rueben Randle is a quality NFL starting WR. Coming to the defense of Eli Manning, Gilbride said, "There's been no deterioration of his arm strength, there’s been no lack of preparation and effort.” He added, "I think he’s going to be fine as soon as they solidify the offensive line. They certainly made a move to do that by bringing in three interior offensive linemen and as soon as they get somebody that’s going to be productive for them as an outside receiver. Victor Cruz is terrific, but they need somebody that when they go match up, bump and run (and) go win for them.”

Fantasy Impact:

Gilbride didn't mention Randle, which is a bit worrisome for owners expecting him to assume a larger role in the offense with Hakeem Nicks out of the way. If the Giants take a receiver early in the draft, it may be bad news for Randle.

Friday, March 28, 2014, 11:02am

ESPN - [Full Article]

In his media session Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin spoke of the departure of free-agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, and when the conversation turned to the question of replacing Nicks, the first name Coughlin mentioned was that of third-year wide receiver Rueben Randle.

"We have high expectations for Rueben," Coughlin said. "Rueben has to continue to develop, continue to become a better pro -- focus, concentration, production on the field, consistency, day in and day out. Practicing. You’ve seen the plays the guy can make. He’s made great plays ... We have a lot of belief and stock in his development."

But he also struggled at times to get on the same page as quarterback Eli Manning, and some of their difficulties in that regard led to interceptions.

Fantasy Impact:

Randle is a former second round pick and is poised for a huge leap in production this year if he can win that WR2 job. As the story points out, he delivered at times last year with six TDs to lead the team. But he also struggled at times to get on the same page as QB Eli Manning, and that led to interceptions. This year's Giants offense is expected to be more simple, which could also help Randle's cause.

Giants sign Mario Manningham to a one-year deal
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 12:44pm

Ralph Vacchiano, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Mario Manningham has agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants, according to an NFL source.

Fantasy Impact:

Manningham's arrival could impact the potential upside of Rueben Randle and Jerel Jernigan, who are expected to see an uptick in playing time with Hakeem Nicks signing elsewhere. We'll have to wait and see where Manningham lands in the depth chart. We'd expect him to play behind Jernigan, but there are no guarantees at this point.

Giants say 'the jury is still out' on Rueben Randle
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 10:46am

NY Daily News - [Full Article]

The 6-2 Rueben Randle, who led the Giants with six receiving TDs in 2013, seems Nicks’ heir, but he has a history of miscommunicating with Manning. GM Jerry Reese gave Randle a lukewarm endorsement last month, saying that “the jury is still out” on him.

Fantasy Impact:

The story refers to Randle's inability (at times) to get on the same page with his QB, mainly on the option routes in the Giants' offense. Randle still projects to start, so his early ADP is in the late 6th round.

Giants believe Rueben Randle will make 'significant jump'
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8:32pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The team's brass is confident that Rueben Randle will make a "significant jump" in his third season, which would seem to suggest Nicks won't be back. Reese also said Jerrel Jernigan finally looked like the player he selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Fantasy Impact:

Hakeem Nicks is likely to leave via free agency, so Randle (and Jerrel Jernigan) should see a big bump in snaps. Randle was the #28 WR through the first 11 weeks, but faded down the stretch (12-151 in the final six weeks). The Giants passing game is likely to bounce back, and if Randle is getting starter’s snaps, he’s a good bet to produce. Jernigan racked up 19 catches for 237 yards and two TDs in the final three games, making him the #2 WR in fantasy in that span.

Friday, January 3, 2014, 4:24pm

Ralph Vacchiano, Twitter - [Full Article]

Giants HC Tom Coughlin on WR Jerrel Jernigan: "I saw a different young man late in the season -- a very, very competitive guy."

Fantasy Impact:

Jernigan racked up 19 catches for 237 yards and two TDs in the final three games. With Hakeem Nicks likely gone, there should be considerable role for Jernigan alongside Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle.

Monday, December 30, 2013, 1:07pm

Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter - [Full Article]

Giants WR Rueben Randle said his knee is OK. Just some swelling. It needs rest and he'll then be reevaluated in two weeks.

Fantasy Impact:

With the status of Hakeem Nicks up in the air, but unlikely he'll be back, Randle has a chance for an increased role in 2014.

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Sunday, December 22, 2013, 2:34pm

Giants Inactives
Allen Bradford LB
Victor Cruz WR
David Diehl G
Peyton Hillis RB
Ryan Nassib QB
Jason Pierre-Paul DE
Cooper Taylor S

Fantasy Impact:

Rueben Randle will start at WR with Cruz out. Jerrel Jernigan is active and will work in as the 3rd WR.

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Victor Cruz ruled out for Week 16
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 3:36pm

MLive.com - [Full Article]

The Detroit Lions need to win their final two games to have a shot at making the postseason. That road got a little easier on Thursday when the New York Giants ruled out wide receiver Victor Cruz.

Fantasy Impact:

Rueben Randle becomes a Sneaky Start, though it's difficult to get too excited about the Giants' passing game this season.