Rueben Randle is More Comfortable in Giants’ Offense
Giants’ wide receiver Rueben Randle freely admits that he never did understand why he was described as being an “NFL ready” receiver shortly after he was drafted.
“I had a lot of things I needed to learn,” he said. “It was going to take some time.”
Among those things Randle had to learn was the various routes that are available on every play, making sight adjustments, how to adjust to the jam by defenders, and, to a lesser extent, how to block downfield.
In addition to all of this, he had to adjust to his new role as a punt returner.
“It was a bit much,” he admitted.
These days, however, Randle, the rookie second round draft pick out of LSU, feels he’s a lot closer to being “NFL ready”
“I think I’m more adjusted to the offense and have a better grasp of it and understanding so now I think I can go out there and play a bit faster than I had been these past few weeks,” he said. “That time when I was thinking through every play was slowing me down. I think it’s over with and I can go out there and play a little faster.”
Randle admitted that as well as having to learn the Giants’ offense, his role as punt returner came with a price in that he had to prepare for an extra role every week to where he probably couldn’t devote as much time on one role over the other. But he quickly learned how to manage his time and accommodate both job descriptions in a hurry.
“I pretty much know what I’m doing, so I don’t need much help like I did in the beginning when I didn’t know as much. It just took a little time and I’m much more comfortable. I just have to pick it up and make more plays.”
He’ll probably get his chance to make quite a few plays this week against the Packers, as Domenik Hixon is not going to play because of a high ankle sprain. Randle said that whatever role the coaches ask of him, he’s ready to step in and give it his best.
“Like I said, I’m much better and so much more comfortable in the offense. I’m looking forward to making more plays.”