With wide receiver Hakeem Nicks all but out the door, the New York Giants will need to find a new No. 1 wideout for the 2014 season. Ideally, that fix would come from within, but while talking to the media at the NFL Combine on Saturday, Giants General Manager Jerry Reese did not sound like a man who expects that to come from third-year wide receiver Rueben Randle.
"The jury is still out on that," Reese said of Randle becoming a No. 1. "I think he's a good player. I'm not sure if he's a one, if he's a two if he's a three, but I think he can contribute to our receiver corps."
Despite the uncertainty about Randle's ability to take over the No. 1 spot, Reese did say the team fully expects him to make a "significant jump" this offseason. And while those two statements seem to contradict each other, it would indicate the ball is in Randle's court. Either he's going to come in and take over the No. 1 role or the Giants are going to find someone else who will.
And, if you were to ask Randle, he'd say he's fully up to the task — ready to take on whatever role is needed of him.
"I felt like I made an improvement and got better this year. Maybe bigger numbers next year. Would have liked to have done a lot more," Randle said prior to Week 17. "Just trying to get better and finish out the season strong and make some more plays and end on a good note and look forward to next year."
Meanwhile, for Jerrel Jernigan, he was praised by Reese and made to sound like he'd see a much more significant role in 2014.
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