With wide receivers Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz skipping OTAs this spring, Rueben Randle had a chance to catch the eye of the Giants coaches and improve his bid for increased playing time in his second season.
He seems to have done just that. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride couldn’t say enough good things about Randle after the end of the team’s three-day minicamp, calling him “the bell cow” of the receiving corps and said that Randle would be playing a lot come the fall.
“Rueben you saw emerge from a guy that showed flashes at times and always caught the ball well, but maybe didn’t always run the routes as precisely, as crisply as you wanted, didn’t have quite the understanding you wanted,” Gilbride said, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com. “[Over the past month] he looked like a guy that’s been here for five or six years. He really benefited from the opportunity.”
There was no such gushing about Cruz or Nicks. Gilbride said that both players missed a lot of chances to grow as players during the spring sessions and thinks that they’ll be worse for it.
“They haven’t been working, listening or growing,” Gilbride said, via Michael Fensom of the Newark Star-Ledger. “They haven’t been developing. They haven’t been receiving the coaching that they need to get better. To be quite frank, both of them need it.”
The Giants haven’t been shy about their displeasure with Cruz and Nicks, but the entire subplot will be forgotten if both arrive at camp on time. And if Randle’s improved as much as Gilbride says he has, it will be hard to notice any missing growth from the other two guys.