Giants coach Tom Coughlin isn’t the type to heap praise on players who haven’t earned it, so rookie receiver Rueben Randle must have done something very well at the start of the team’s rookie minicamp.
Randle, the wide receiver from LSU who was taken with the team’s second-round draft pick, was singled out by Coughlin as a player who looked particularly impressive on the practice field.
“I was very impressed by Randle out on the field this morning,” Coughlin said after the team’s first rookie minicamp practice.
No matter how impressive Randle is over the summer, he’ll enter the season as no better than the team’s third option at wide receiver, after Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. But third receiver is an important position, it’s a position of need for the Giants after Mario Manningham left in free agency, and Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said that it’s a position Randle has the potential to excel at.
“But you need that third component so that when people start skewing over and clamping down on Cruz and Nicks, you’ve got a guy who, if he gets 1-on-1, has the ability to get over the top and hurt people like Manningham did,” Gilbride said.
We can’t tell a lot from one day of minicamp practice in shorts, but the Giants’ coaches clearly like what they’ve seen from Randle.