"It is just all about me keeping my body warmed up and make sure I’m properly stretched and not putting all the pressure on that knee tendon," Randle said. "So I’m just going to do a couple more exercises to make sure I keep that tendon loose."
It's a little bit of good news for the team as they are still without Victor Cruz. HC Tom Coughlin seems frustrated with the lack of WRs at practice as of late so Randle's return should help the cause a bit. Randle had a good finish to 2014, but we think if Cruz is healthy he's going to end up being more of a WR3 on the Giants. If Cruz's injuries linger into the season, Randle could be a guy to keep in mind if you need WR help.
Sunday, August 23, 2015, 8:49pm
Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle's knee tendinitis continues to keep him out as the days tick down toward the regular season. And HC Tom Coughlin said the whole thing has thrown him for a bit of a loop.
"This thing with Rueben has really confused me," he said. "He's been able to handle this so well over the years. And yet this circumstance has been bothersome."
To recap: Randle has battled knee tendinitis since high school, but has always been able to play through it. Things flared up during the Giants' joint practices with the Bengals, and Randle left the first day's session early and missed the entire second day.
Despite struggling to get through warmups, Randle inexplicably played in the preseason game and hobbled off after three plays. He has not practiced since. Victor Cruz hasn't been cleared to play in the preseason yet, the story added.
Star wide receiver Victor Cruz is expected to miss practice with a calf injury. It is not believed to be serious.
Coach Tom Coughlin said it's not related to the serious knee injury Cruz suffered last season against the Eagles. The calf problem is believed to be dehydration-related.
We were just starting to feel better about Cruz, but this doesn't sound too serious. When healthy, he'll fill the Randall Cobb role in OC Ben McAdoo's offense, so he has some upside if he can return to form.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 8:33pm
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Randle has dealt with tendinitis in his knee for some time, and did not seem concerned that it would be a long term issue.
"We thought he was doing pretty good last night," Coughlin said.
Randle participated at the beginning of practice, but then came off and was seen icing both knees.
This will be a big season for Randle. Last season, he turned in his most productive season as a pro, bringing in 71 catches for 938 yards and three touchdowns. The number of catches more doubled the 60 combined grabs he had in his first two seasons. But Randle was also benched twice, and how many targets he will get in 2015 if the Giants have both Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz fully healthy and on the field is a question, the story said.
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.
Sunday, July 5, 2015, 10:18am
Giants beat writer Jordan Raanan answered a question about WR Rueben Randle and his role this upcoming season.
I think last year was pretty much what we can expect from Randle now and moving forward. He's good for 60-70 catches and 800-1,000 yards. It's just hard to see anything more given his lack of explosiveness. Randle averaged 3.2 yards after the catch last season. That was 65th out of 76 receivers who played at least 50 percent of the snaps. He also caught only 58.2 percent of the passes thrown in his direction. That was 60th out of 76 receivers. In comparison, quarterback Eli Manning completed 70.5 percent of his passes to Odell Beckham Jr.
Raanan went on to say that all this doesn't even take into account that there seems to be something missing with Randle. He was benched twice for the first quarter of games last season. This doesn't seem to indicate a receiver on the verge of something really big, he went on to say. He also, at times, didn't seem to be on the same page as Manning, which could also hurt his production. Randle is ranked 59th on our list of WRs.
The Giants don't know whether and to what extent Victor Cruz will recover from his severe knee injury. He may not be ready to start training camp, and even if he is, he's likely to be on a somewhat limited program as the team works him back slowly from his torn patellar tendon. There's a chance he misses a game or two, and a strong chance he's not 100 percent even when he does return to game action.
Friday, April 10, 2015, 10:31am
Eli Manning was in uncharted waters a year ago at this time. He was learning a new offense for the first time in his NFL career, while nursing an ankle injury that still hadn’t fully healed. His immediate future seemed filled with uncertainty.
But he feels none of that uncertainty now.
Manning is ready to take the no-longer-new Ben McAdoo offense “to another level” in the 2015 season, now that he’s so much more familiar with the playbook after a full year in the system. In an interview with the team website – Manning wasn’t made available to any outside reporters – the quarterback spoke of an “easier transition” in Year 2 that has him “excited” for the possibilities of the offense on his 6-10 team.
“This year will be a much easier transition, knowing that we have been through so much of it already,” said Manning, who recently had been working out at Ole Miss with some of their receivers and alumni. “It’s definitely a different starting point. I feel good about it. I feel that I have a good understanding of it."
Manning will benefit with bust-out new star Odel Beckham Jr. and what looks like the return of Victor Cruz at WR. Plus, he seemed to be more on the same page with Rueben Randle toward the end of last season, so Manning will be surrounded by weapons in 2015. He'll be drafted as a QB2 most likely but with the potential to put up QB1 fantasy stats from time to time.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 8:22pm
The emergence of Odell Beckham Jr. as a No. 1 wide receiver in his 2014 rookie season after Cruz went down is one of those reasons. The severity of the injury (torn patellar tendon) from which Cruz is recovering is another. And this recent study by NumberFire, which shows that Cruz's production was already in decline in the two years prior to 2014, offers yet another.
The story goes on to say a lot could still depend on what happens in 2015 - whether or when Cruz recovers, how productive he is in the second year of Ben McAdoo's offense, how he meshes with Beckham and Rueben Randle and Shane Vereen and Larry Donnell and Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams, all of the varied weapons available to the Giants on offense. This decision could be an easy one in either direction next February. But the potential is there for it to remain a tricky one, because of a lot of things that weren't yet factors when he signed that contract just two years ago. The Giants would save only $2.45 million against this year's cap if they cut Cruz now, and they have no reason to do so. But the cap savings jumps to $6.1 million if they cut him next offseason, the story adds.
Jordan Raanan on the Giants' receiving corps:
This has nothing to do with free agency, but wide receiver Rueben Randle remains part of the Giants plans despite a season where he was twice benched for a quarter because of tardiness to meetings. Randle is not being shopped after multiple run-ins last season with Coughlin.
The Giants are moving forward as if Randle is part of the future, with the hope that he can excel next season playing alongside Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz. Randle is still just 23 years old and the team was happy with the way he played late in the season, when they used him more as a downfield threat instead of the possession-receiver role he filled early in the season.
"I think Rueben gets banged on a lot. Sometimes he should get banged on, but I think he gets banged on sometimes a little too much," general manager Jerry Reese said. "I think he is a good, young player and all he needs are some chances. With Odell and Victor, I think he will get plenty of chances."
But if things don't work out with Randle or Cruz (returning from a serious injury), one player I was told to keep an eye out for was Marcus Harris. The Giants were close to using Harris as a starter (in three-wide-receiver sets) last year before injuries shut him down at the end of the summer for the season. The 25-year-old really impressed the Giants last spring and summer.
Randle finished #32 in PPR formats and #37 in standard despite seeing the 20th-most targets (127) on the year, so he wasn't very efficient in his targets. He finished the season with 12 catches for 290 yards and a touchdown in the final two games. He's probably not going to finish in the top 30 in 2015 if Cruz comes back healthy since Cruz and Beckham will likely dominate the targets.
Receiver Rueben Randle did not start Sunday and was benched for the entire first quarter — the second time in the past three games he has been disciplined by Tom Coughlin.
“That’s between Rueben and I,’’ the coach said after the 24-13 victory over the Redskins.
Two weeks ago, Randle did not play in the first quarter in Jacksonville because he was late to a team meeting earlier in the week. This time, Randle again ran afoul of Coughlin.
“Things not always going to go your way, so when adversity hits you, got to pull through and make the best of it,’’ Randle said.
This is a troubling slide for Randle, who has had a disappointing season and has shrunk as rookie Odell Beckham Jr. has ascended, the story pointed out. He let the first two passes thrown his way slip through his hands and ended up with two receptions for 30 yards. He did make a difficult, in-traffic 18-yard grab in the fourth quarter on third-and-8 to set up Beckham’s third touchdown. Eli Manning said it throws off the rhythm of things when referring to Randle.
Monday, December 1, 2014, 9:58am
Cruz planted his right leg to go up for a potential TD catch and never got up. He was carted off and is presumably done for the season. Rueben Randle,
Odell Beckham, Preston Parker and Corey Washington will have to make up for the loss of Cruz. From a fantasy perspective, it could really raise the value of Beckham going forward, who should see a lot more targets. Parker could get a big bump in playing time.
Giants beat writer Dan Graziano: Last week's zero-catch game (for TE Larry Donnell) was not game plan-related, Giants people assure me. With all of their receiving weapons healthy, the Giants are content to take what defenses give them. Donnell is still in the plans as one of several preferred targets, especially in the red zone, where his height gives him an advantage over smaller options such as Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle and Victor Cruz.
Donnell followed up a three-TD game with a goose egg, so owners are understandably confused. After 7.8 targets in the first four games, he was targeted once against the Falcons. Odell Beckham returned to the lineup and saw five targets come his way, so his presence may have a negative impact on Donnell's weekly upside. He's still a good option in the redzone and the targets should even out as defenses have to account for all of the Giants' receiving options.
Monday, September 22, 2014, 1:27pm
Maybe he gets to work in a few individual drills this week, as short as it is (Giants play Thursday night). Then he gets more extensive time in practice next week, actually getting in for some full-team drills. Most likely, however, that still would not be enough time for him to make his debut Oct. 5 against the Falcons. Maybe, but probably not.
If there are no setbacks, Beckham gets in another full week of work and – drumroll, please – finally gets to wear a uniform Oct. 12 for a Sunday night showdown with the Eagles in Philadelphia.
It's just one opinion, but it sounds as if the short week this week will push Beckham back at least another week. The Giants rode their starting WRs hard this past week as guys like Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle saw a majority of the snaps, so they could really use some depth at the position.
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