Although the Giants signed Mario Manningham and Trindon Holliday, neither is a sure thing to fill the void left when Hakeem Nicks went to the Colts.
Certainly the Giants will look at Rueben Randle to take that next step forward and compete for a bigger role in the offense.
Last year, he had a golden opportunity to take a step forward and looked impressive enough in the spring and summer with the added reps he received.
However, when the season started, he was often not on the same page with quarterback Eli Manning, which was an alarming development considering that the receiver was present for the spring OTAs.
That lack of consistency is perhaps why head coach Tom Coughlin, via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, said that they’re looking for Randle to crank up his game in this, his third season as a pro:
Although there is optimism regarding Randle, the Giants will almost certainly look to draft another receiver.
One such candidate that might be an intriguing fit is Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin, who at 6’5”, 240 pounds, is built like a tight end.
He has experience playing both outside and in the slot, and per Rob Rang of CBSSports.com, he is fearless in working the middle of the field.
However, Benjamin, whom Rang compares to former Giants receiver Plaxico Burress, is also rough around the edges in that he doesn't always run crisp routes and has had some issues with dropped passes when he takes his eyes off the ball.
The Giants are probably going to want a more sure-handed receiver, and with the class being so deep, Benjamin is not a sure thing.
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