Rueben Randle Fantasy News
Monday, July 21, 2014, 7:26pm
Giants beat writer Conor Orr on the team's WR pecking order: Rueben Randle and Victor Cruz will carry the offense, with Odell Beckham being put in a few different places in order to open up the defense. His speed will be more of an asset off the ball, and Randle should make big strides in '14.
Hakeem Nicks is gone, but the Giants drafted Beckham in the 1st round. New OC Ben McAdoo utilizes a lot of three-WR sets (a la the Packers), so Randle and Beckham should both see starter’s snaps. Randle has been productive in his first two seasons on a per target basis, so he should produce starter-caliber numbers in significant playing time.
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Saturday, July 19, 2014, 11:29am
Beat writer Dan Graziano: "Odell Beckham was drafted to give the Giants the field-stretching threat that Hakeem Nicks did not provide last year, and the team believes he can outrun defensive backs and help open things up for Ben McAdoo's offense near the line of scrimmage. Of course, assuming they're right, Beckham can provide a big-play threat in his own right down the field. But their hope is that he has the speed to beat press coverage and stretch out defenses in a way that allows their offense to operate with a variety of quick-hitting options. I have my own concerns over how Beckham will react to big, physical cornerbacks, but there are plenty of people I talk to around the league who like him a lot and believe he'll contribute right away."
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 10:52am
The Giants’ third-round pick in 2011, WR Jerrel Jernigan spent almost three full seasons in obscurity. But he closed last season with a flourish, catching 19 passes and scoring three TDs in the final three games. He showed plenty of burst and acceleration.
But Jernigan needs to build on that in training camp. Nagging injuries and inconsistent performance sabotaged him in previous camps, but a good camp could convince the Giants that he’s a receiver worth featuring. Victor Cruz will be the Giants’ receiving meal ticket, and Rueben Randle could be the big outside threat, but Jernigan has the potential to be a dangerous catch-and-run weapon.
Monday, July 14, 2014, 7:50pm
"I made the initiative to be in better shape," Bowe told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. "I'm getting older, and talking to the old vets, the only way you last longer is to be in better conditioning. I took that to the heart and am training extremely hard this year."
A couple months shy of his 30th birthday, Bowe said he weighs around 212 pounds — down from his playing weight of 222 to 225 in the past — thanks to a diet featuring fish, vegetables and fewer carbs, plus intense workouts in Miami with his personal trainer.
We rank Bowe 45th on our WR list. He got off to a slow start but did come on Weeks 11-16 and was a usable WR3. Still, Alex Smith has been known to check down and that hurts Bowe's value. He's currently going in the 12th round, and guys like Rueben Randle and Tavon Austin who rank right there with Bowe probably offer more upside.
Eli Manning 're-energized' by new system
Sunday, July 13, 2014, 12:25pm
One offseason storyline in New York has been the influence of new Giants coordinator Ben McAdoo, who was imported when Kevin Gilbride retired after 10 seasons with the club.
Last month New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin said the new offense forced quarterback Eli Manning to do a lot of homework. The signal-caller agrees that learning the new scheme has refreshed him after his horrific 2013 season.
"It's re-energized me," Manning told the New York Daily News. "I'm trying to speed up the process of getting comfortable in the new system. I don't have 10 years. I have a few months."
Manning had a terrible year in 2013, but should bounce back this season. WR Hakeem Nicks is gone but WR Victor Cruz remains and rookie WR Odell Beckham should produce as well. This could also be a big year for WR Rueben Randle, assuming Manning does bounce back. We rank Eli 21st among our QBs, but he may not even get drafted in typical leagues. If you're counting on a bounce back and targeting him as a QB2, it looks like you can wait very late to get him.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 12:32pm
Rueben Randle, the 2012 second-round pick, is the guy they'd like to see take the leap in his third season. He showed enough flashes last year to make them think he can be a big playmaker. They just need him to play and work more consistently.
Odell Beckham was this year's first-round pick, and as such he'll get an opportunity to contribute as a starter as soon as he's ready to handle it. But the Giants don't rush rookies, and if he's not ready, they will wait and use other options until he is.
Looks like Randle stepping up and winning one of the outside jobs is going to be key for the Giants and their WRs. Even if Beckham doesn't win a job right away, it would be hard to imagine him not making a contribution at some point in the season. We have Randle ranked 43rd among our WRs and could end up being a solid round-12 pick. We should know a lot more about his chances before August drafts.
Giants WR coach says Rueben Randle is 'locked in'
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 3:49pm
Giants WR Rueben Randle has had some bright moments in his first two seasons, but he faded in and out of the offense alongside Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Wide receivers coach Sean Ryan wanted to see more consistency from Randle this spring and says he saw progress from his pupil.
“For me, the battle with him is consistency, and I think he’s addressed it in this offseason in the way he approaches his job,” Ryan said, via ESPNNewYork.com. “I’ve seen a difference in his seriousness towards his work. This spring, I thought he was locked in. I thought he did a good job learning the new offense. Like I said, he’s got some football intelligence to him. Things come to him. He sees things pretty well. But I thought he really worked hard at being locked into the meetings and on the field as well. I noticed a difference in him.”
Randle may be helped by making fewer adjustments to routes that call for him to be reading things the same way that quarterback Eli Manning reads them, something that bedeviled the pair last season and led to interceptions. Ryan said that Randle will still have to make some of those reads and the Giants will need him to make the right ones on a weekly basis for the offense to rebound from last season.
Nicks is gone, but the Giants drafted Odell Beckham in the 1st round. New OC Ben McAdoo utilizes a lot of three-WR sets (a la the Packers), so Randle should see starter’s snaps. He has been productive in his first two seasons on a per target basis, so he should produce starter-caliber numbers in significant playing time.
Beat: Chemistry in Giants passing game 'is a non-issue'
Monday, June 23, 2014, 8:50am
Giants beat writer Michael Eisen on potential chemistry concerns between Eli Manning and his recievers: "Manning’s top target is expected to be Victor Cruz, as he was the previous three seasons. The other starter could be Rueben Randle, who is entering his third season. Jerrell Jernigan is entering his fourth season and Manning threw to Mario Manningham from 2008-11. The high-profile newcomer is first-round draft choice Odell Beckham Jr. Manning has been working with him for years, because they attended the same high school and Beckham has been to the Manning Passing Academy. I think chemistry with the receivers is a non-issue."
This is good to hear. We believe the Giants will run a lot of three-WR sets (like the Packers do), so there is room for three wideouts to see starter's snaps in the offense. Cruz and Randle seem like shoo-ins, with Beckham likely to beat out Jernigan if he's able to stay healthy this offseason.
Giants say Rueben Randle can 'definitely' be the team's WR2
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 9:01am
Giants WR Rueben Randle, who spent two years miscommunicating with Eli Manning in the worst possible moments, enjoyed a solid camp, and receivers coach Sean Ryan said he “definitely” can serve as the team’s No. 2 receiver behind Victor Cruz.
Randle caught a beautiful deep TD pass from Manning on the second day of minicamp, and he said he finds Ben McAdoo’s new playbook “easier.”
“That battle with him is consistency,” Ryan said. “And I think he’s addressed it in this offseason in the way he approaches his job.”
Hakeem Nicks is gone, but the Giants drafted Odell Beckham in the 1st round. New OC Ben McAdoo utilizes a lot of three-WR sets (a la the Packers), so Randle should see starter’s snaps. He has been productive in his first two seasons on a per target basis, so he should produce starter-caliber numbers in significant playing time.
Giants WR Odell Beckham (hamstring) back at practice
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 1:40pm
The Giants first-round pick is back on the field, and this time he's not just stretching and catching punts before exiting while the rest of his teammates run drills.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the 12th-overall pick in this year's draft, had missed most of the past two weeks with a sore hamstring. He was back practicing in team drills on Wednesday (mostly with the second-team offense) as the Giants continued their one mandatory minicamp of the spring.
Beat: Rueben Randle 'making significant progress'
Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 10:20am
Giants WR Rueben Randle continues to have a strong offseason. He seems to be running sharper routes and has displayed consistently strong hands. He beat Ross Weaver with a sweet double move and caught a long touchdown pass during Tuesday's OTAs. Randle appears to be making significant progress, and could be primed for a big year.
Hakeem Nicks is gone, but the Giants drafted Odell Beckham in the 1st round. New OC Ben McAdoo utilizes a lot of three-WR sets (a la the Packers), so Randle should see starter’s snaps. He has been productive in his first two seasons on a per target basis, so he should produce starter-caliber numbers in significant playing time. He has been making plays in offseason activities while Beckham is sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 11:00pm
Giants WR Rueben Randle had another show-stopping deep ball today. Unfortunately for Ross Weaver, who was the culprit on Thursday, he was forced to guard Randle again today. Eli Manning hit him in stride on a 30-yard go pattern for a touchdown.
These deep receptions are coming regularly for Randle who seems to be enjoying the team's new offense. He's a nice sleeper who should be around in the 10th or 11th round.
Giants WR Jerrel Jernigan slated for WR4 duties
Monday, June 16, 2014, 10:49am
Hakeem Nicks is gone (signed with the Colts) and Rueben Randle has moved into a starting role alongside Victor Cruz. Jerrel Jernigan, though, might be stuck where he is on the depth chart, because the Giants selected a receiver, Odell Beckham Jr. from LSU with the No. 12 overall pick in the NFL Draft, and the expectation is he will get on the field immediately.
“It didn’t bother me at all,’’ Jernigan said of the addition of Beckham. “Everyone knows we lost Hakeem Nicks, so we had to bring somebody else in.’’
Jernigan at 5-foot-8 and 189 pounds, is well-suited to the slot receiver role, a spot Cruz is most effective in, causing a logjam. Beckham and Randle are considered more adept on the outside.
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. The arrival of Odell Beckham puts a damper on his 2014 outlook.
Rueben Randle likes the new offense
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 4:03pm
"Everything is pretty much black and white, it’s simple. What you have [called] is what you run," Randle said. "Just takes a lot of things off our minds and go out there and play football and just use your ability to get open. That’s what we’re doing."
Randle struggled last year with option routes and wasn't often on the same page as Eli Manning. McAdoo's offense is much more straightforward, which should allow Randle to use his physical ability to get open and make plays.
Eli Manning 're-energized' by new offense
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 6:49pm
Manning also sounds rejuvenated by the process of learning a new offense under new coordinator Ben McAdoo.
"It is tough, it's not easy, but it has definitely re-energized me and brought an urgency to this time of year," Manning said Tuesday, on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
"It's definitely challenging. Each night, I'm staying up and preparing, and I feel like I'm in season right now with the amount of preparation I'm trying to put in to get ready for each practice," Manning said.
"Each practice is draining on you mentally, you're thinking so much about everything that has to go on and the different calls," the quarterback continued. "But it is also exciting. As a football player, as a competitor, you like to be challenged."
After eight straight top 15 finishes, Manning (and the Giants offense) tanked in 2013. He finished #21, but his play seemed even worse than that. A bounce back season is likely given his talent and the arrival of McAdoo, who is installing a quick hitting offense from his days in Green Bay. Hakeem Nicks is gone, but Odell Beckham and Rueben Randle are expected to emerge.