Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported the club envisions a "multidimensional" role for WR Braxton Miller, who has proven to be, per Wilson, a "determined, quick study" during his first NFL offseason.
"(He's) just a versatile player, explosive player," Texans general manager Rick Smith said. "Trying to impact our Football Team, adding players who can add dimensions to our Football Team who can make plays with the ball in their hands, and certainly he can do that."
Texans receivers coach Sean Ryan added: "The thing with him is he works at it; he wants to pick things up. He wants to be good. I think he's got a little chip on his shoulder understanding that there were some people out there that thought there would be this large learning curve for him and weren't sure about him being a receiver. ... He wants to learn and he's smart enough to learn and those are the two biggest factors to me."
Miller will have to prove himself first before getting on the fantasy radar. Cecil Shorts should also play a role with Fuller and Jaelen Strong the other options, who are all behind stud DeAndre Hopkins.
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.
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.
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.”
It’s a transition the Giants needed Randle to make. Jerrel Jernigan and first-round pick Odell Beckham Jr. could also be options, but neither offers the physicality that the 6-2 Randle brings.
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.