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New York Giants’ Rueben Randle Heavy Favorite to Land No. 3 Wide Receiver Role in 2013

February 13th, 2013 at 3:56 PM
By Paul Tierney

The New York Giants took two skill position players at the top of the 2012 NFL draft that contributed promising, yet inconsistent performances throughout their inaugural seasons in Blue. David Wilson showed potential as a kick returner and a big play running back, while Rueben Randle torched Philadelphia Eagles' cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha for two touchdowns in the Giants demolition of their divisional rivals in Week 17. However, it would be inaccurate to characterize either player's impact as significant. That's a notion that must change in 2013 for the Giants to be successful.

With Wilson all but assured a major role in the Giants backfield next season, the pressure is on Randle to find a fit within Kevin Gilbride's system. In all likelihood, that is going to be as the No. 3 wide receiver in 2013 on the outside opposite Hakeem Nicks.

A year ago, Randle finished the season with 19 catches in 16 games. However, 10 of those catches came against Cleveland and Philadelphia. Not exactly stellar defenses, but he showed a propensity for being able to catch in traffic, a talent that the Giants have coveted over the past few seasons.

Although Domenik Hixon is an underrated player, the Giants have significant salary cap issues to solve this offseason. If Hixon is willing to return for the veteran minimum, then he makes sense to bring back. However, the Giants need to find a way to get Rueben Randle on the field next season. He's shown way too much athleticism and potential to sit on the bench any longer. If Hixon were to return, it would likely take away a roster spot from a young, developing receiver that can offer more value on special teams. 

Randle is a natural fit on the outside opposite Hakeem Nicks. With two physical wideouts possessing down field capabilities and Victor Cruz in the slot, the Giants are going to be a nightmare to matchup with next season. Unless a team has two big, athletic corners on the outside, the Giants will be able to throw the football for big plays.

Randle's emergence will be key for Big Blue's return to offensive dominance next season. However, he needs an opportunity to get on the field in order to make the happen. Unfortunately, those snaps are going to come at the expense of Hixon, who is one of the most upstanding individuals in the NFL. It's a harsh reality, but one that must come to fruition for the Giants to avoid salary cap "jail in future seasons.

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Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, David Wilson, Domenik Hixon, Football, Hakeem Nicks, Kevin Gilbride, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Nnamdi Asomugha, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, Rueben Randle, Victor Cruz

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22 Responses to “New York Giants’ Rueben Randle Heavy Favorite to Land No. 3 Wide Receiver Role in 2013”

  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

    Heavy Favorite, huh?

    What are the odds for the WR’s?

    I might actually pop Randle for our #2.

    •  Paul Tierney says:

      I think you’re a year ahead of yourself with that one. I’m not going to undersell Cruz, but if Randle can prove himself on the outside I would be fine with either trading Cruz or letting him walk via FA. That’s an issue for next offseason though.

  2.  Paul Tierney says:

    Als,o apologies for the music on that video. It’s clean, but it’s still trash. It was the best I could do.

  3.  demo3356 says:

    uh, I’d say he is a lock for #3 and is likely to be our #2 at some point soon..

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    I thought just heard we signed some kicker

  5.  demo3356 says:

    Dan Benton- suggestion for an article if you can research to figures. I’d love to see a piece breaking down where all our cap dollars besides 2013 salary are going? Right now our top 51 salaries on the books for 2013 only make up $77,329,446. I realize that guys like Canty and Braddie that were cut with 2 years left will hit the cap pretty hard for 2013 and knock off 2 of the league minimum contracts at the bottom, but I’d love to see where the other 40 mil is. I know a lot is signing bonuses, incentives and dead money, but it seems like a ton. Here are the top 51 not including the 3 guys we just cut.
    Eli Manning 13,000,000
    Corey Webster 7,000,000
    Antrel Rolle 7,000,000
    Chris Snee 6,700,000
    Justin Tuck 4,500,000
    David Diehl 4,475,000
    David Baas 4,250,000
    Mathias Kiwanuka 2,950,000
    Hakeem Nicks 2,725,000
    Steve Weatherford 1,825,000
    Jason Pierre-Paul 1,175,000
    Prince Amukamara 1,118,718
    Shaun Rogers 940,000
    Zak DeOssie 824,000
    Bear Pascoe 715,000
    David Wilson 693,841
    Marvin Austin 668,254
    Curtis Painter 630,000
    Terrell Thomas 630,000
    Trumaine McBride 630,000
    Linval Joseph 575,000
    Da’Rel Scott 555,000
    Jerrel Jernigan 555,000
    James Brewer 555,000
    Jacquian Williams 555,000
    Spencer Paysinger 555,000
    Mark Herzlich 555,000
    Tyler Sash 555,000
    Henry Hynoski 550,000
    Rueben Randle 539,633
    Kris Adams 480,000
    Adrien Robinson 480,000
    Brandon Mosley 480,000
    Selvish Capers 480,000
    Chris DeGeare 480,000
    Adewale Ojomo 480,000
    Markus Kuhn 480,000
    Jayron Hosley 480,000
    Terrence Frederick 480,000
    Will Hill 480,000
    David Caldwell 480,000
    Brandon Collins 405,000
    Kevin Hardy 405,000
    Larry Donnell 405,000
    Jamie Childers 405,000
    Matt McCants 405,000
    Stephen Goodin 405,000
    Matt Broha 405,000
    Bobby Skinner 405,000
    Jake Muasau 405,000
    Laron Scott 405,000

    •  GOAT56 says:

      He reminds me of that kicker we got from Denver when Reeves was our coach. I remember him being a kickoff guy with a strong leg who had just become accurate enough to be a regular kicker.

    •  Krow says:

      Canon leg … but inconsistent FG kicker. Quite a physical specimen. He’s almost the opposite of Tynes … can bang it long, but isn’t accurate.

  6.  demo3356 says:

    Yikes, Webster Diehl and Snee are close to 28 mil cap figure between the 3 of them..

  7.  F0XLIN says:

    Remember Rodney Williams back in 01… He could punt the ball about 90 yards, but usually out kick the coverage or shank it

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    Our cap number is still bad. If just re-sign our RFA as expected in Brown, Brown and Cruz we are back over the cap. We really need to renegotiate with Eli, Rolle, Snee, Webster and Diehl if not cut some of them. Add in draft picks and just 10 mil of free agents contracts (including Beatty) and we have a lot of work to do.

    •  Krow says:

      I’m starting to worry that this isn’t fixable in 1 year. Too many bums sucking off the cap ****. I’m worried that we can’t clean them out effectively.

  9.  Krow says:

    Anyone more than a couple mil against the cap should be stars … or near stars. Otherwise it’s money wasted.

    Eli, Snee, Webster, Rolle, Diehl, Baas, Tuck and Kiwi … stars or near stars … you be the judge.

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