New York Giants: 2015 will be breakout year for Rueben Randle


The New York Giants had some bright spots in a poor 2014 season, one of which being the development of wide receiver Rueben Randle.

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It was a very busy 2014 season for the Giants’ receiving corps with positives and negatives. Sadly, Victor Cruz had his season cut short due to an awful knee injury against the Philadelphia Eagles. After the injury to Cruz, rookie Odell Beckham Jr. would go on to have one of the best seasons of any wide receiver, and win the Rookie of the Year award.

The great season from Beckham did overshadow the much improved year of Randle in 2014. Last season, Randle set career-highs in receptions and receiving yards, as he totaled 71 receptions, and 938 receiving yards.

Despite setting career-highs in his third season, Randle says the best is yet to come.

“I just plan on having the best year I’ve had so far,” Randle said to Steve Serby of the New York Post.

Randle was the Giants’ second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, and after two disappointing seasons to start his career, Randle really improved in 2014.

“Me personally, I do,” Randle said to Serby. “I know I’m a better player than what I’ve showed so far, so this year’s kind of a statement year for me to just go out there and price myself, that I can be a dominant player in this league.”

Eli Manning had a very good 2014 season to go along with the good seasons for his wide receivers. In 2015, the Giants will have Cruz back and healthy to go along with Beckham and the much improved Randle. Defenses are likely to key on Beckham and Cruz, which may allow for Randle to have a monster season.

“I think Rueben’ll have a big year,” Manning said to Serby. “I think Rueben can be a great receiver, a dominant receiver. I think he has the ability, it’s just kind of getting it for 16 games and hopefully more than that with the playoffs.

“I think he has it in him. You’ve definitely seen him from Day 1 to Day Now, just the maturity level is definitely improved, he’s all in, he’s been here working, he’s been here off days, and so been impressed with his commitment, and I know he’s excited for a big year, wants to have a big year, and I think he can do that.”

The Giants’ offense may be one of the more enjoyable ones to watch in the NFL this season. If the protection for Eli holds up, he may have a career-year, and that will translate into great stats for his teammates.

Randle is in the final year of his contract which always motivates players a little more to work hard in the offseason. Randle has always has the physical tools to be a great wide receiver, and 2014 looked to be a big step in the right direction.

Manning has a lot more confidence in Randle heading into 2015, and that could lead to Randle’s breakout season in 2015.

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