That’s the buzzword for Giants third-year receiver Rueben Randle, a key cog in Big Blue’s new-look passing attack. With Hakeem Nicks lone gone and rookie Odell Beckham battling an injury, Randle has become a de facto starter — the No. 2 wideout opposite Victor Cruz.
In his first two NFL seasons, Randle experienced the usual growing pains, appearing as if the game was moving too fast for him. Now more comfortable in year three, he says, expectations shouldn’t be held in check.
“I have an understanding of what’s going on now and what’s expected of me — and of what I want to do. I just feel like I have the ability to score every game,” Randle said, via the New York Daily News. “I don’t have a number specifically, but I’m very confident that it will definitely be double-digits in touchdowns.”
Randle hasn’t even combined for double-digit scores in his career — he had three TD catches in 2012, six in 2013 — but the potential certainly is there. The Giants saw enough of it to burn a second-round pick on the 6-foot-2, 208-pound speedster.
The Daily News declared that the “stage is set for a Randle breakout in 2014.” And for good reason. New coordinator Ben McAdoo is simplifying the offense for quarterback Eli Manning, who threw a career-high 27 interceptions last season — seven of which were intended for Randle. More quick-hitting reads, paired with a defensive emphasis on containing Cruz, means the ball will find Randle’s hands more than ever before.
Blinded by the limelight in the past, he’s finally ready to shine.
“I’ve got to play big,” Randle said. “They’re going to allow me to do that. My job is to make that big play, whether it be in the end zone or down the field.”
[follow id=”Helmet2Helmet” size=”large” count=”true” ]