Gilbride: Rueben Randle "is going to play a lot"

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While Giants WRs Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks stayed away from voluntary OTAs, Rueben Randle took advantage of added reps with Eli Manning.

"No question ... Rueben benefited," OC Kevin Gilbride said last month. "I would say that he and the guys in the slot position benefited the most. Rueben, you see emerging from a guy that showed flashes at times. He always caught the ball well but maybe didn't always run the routes as precisely, as crisply as you wanted. He didn't have quite the understanding you wanted.

"He looked like a guy that has been here for five or six years," Gilbride continued on what Randle showed in the offseason. "He really benefited from the opportunity. His whole demeanor, his whole professionalism, was outstanding."

Randle obviously still needs to show progression in camp. But Gilbride made it clear that even with Nicks and Cruz on the field, Randle will see his share of snaps.

"Oh, he is going to play -– he is going to play a lot," Gilbride said. "He will play first and second downs. He will be an outside receiver for us. Whether he is at the 'X' or the 'Z,' he is going to play. He is looking like he deserves to be out there a significant time."

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And the buzz continues. Snaps are the main thing standing in the way of a breakout season for Randle, who had the 8th highest FP/target (on a mere 32 targets) in 2012. He's certainly deserving of a flier in the later rounds.

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