The New York Giants are one of the more pass-happy teams in the league.
The exploits of Salsa master Victor Cruz and leading receiver Hakeem Nicks are well known, as the duo form one of the most potent receiving tandems in the NFL today.
However, the Giants may have a new weapon on the rise in the form of second-year receiver Rueben Randle.
The Giants chose Randle in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and the LSU product was able to reel in three touchdowns last season.
However, if training camp performances are anything to go by, look for Randle to become the third wide receiver in what could be the most dangerous receiving corps in the league.
One person who has seen serious improvement in Randle is head coach Tom Coughlin, who is looking at Randle to come into his own in his sophomore season.
“He seems to be more serious, more intent,’’ said Coughlin to the New York Post. “He had a lot to learn in that first year, and it looks like some of the messages are getting through.’’
Another believer in Randle is fellow receiver Cruz, who re-signed with the Giants back in July after a lengthy contact dispute.
“He’s made tremendous strides, his focus is on a whole new level, he’s playing very, very well right now,’’ said Cruz, who is entering his fourth season in NY. “He just looks comfortable, he understands what’s expected of him, he understands what he has to do, and he’s out there executing. It’s really good to see.”
WR's on the rise after early camp reports and injuries: OAK WR Rod Streeter, SEA WR Golden Tate, NYG WR Ruben Randle, NE WR Aaron Dobson— The Fantasy Ace (@TheFantasyAce) July 31, 2013
I've heard nothing but great things about Ruben Randle... I hope he steps up, that's when Eli kills it. When he has 3 WR's he can trust— Nick Lamb Dais (@Ndais10) July 29, 2013
Finally, Randle himself knows how his emergence can affect this New York Giants team, as he is looking forward to being a part of a strong passing attack.
“It can be great,’’ Randle told The New York Post. “It’s going to be hard for defenses to deal with. We're all out there healthy, playing up to our capabilities I can’t see any team really stopping us.’’
That said, look for Randle to continue to get reps with the first team as the Giants look towards throwing their way to 2013-14 success.
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