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WR Rueben Randle - New York Giants

6-3, 210Born: 5-7-1991College: LSUDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 13): It's the worst of circumstances for the Giants offense, but Randle should become a de facto 1/1A target with Victor Cruz out for the season. The Giants still need to bounce back from this emotional low and avoid the struggle zone they were stuck in against the Eagles, in Week 1 vs. the Lions. It was practically their home address last year.

Week 7: at Dallas Cowboys

Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Eli Manning's play took a turn for the worst last week at Philadelphia, with six sacks taken for -32 yards on the way to a miserable 13/23 for 151 yards passing before being benched late in the game for Ryan Nassib (4/5 for 60 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions, with two more sacks taken for -11 yards). When the dust settled, the Giants had zero points and 168 net yards passing. Also, they lost their clear number one receiver, Victor Cruz, to a torn patellar tendon (he's done for the season) - Reuben Randle (49 targets for 28/247/2 receiving so far this year), Preston Parker (15 for 11/158/0), and rookie Odell Beckham Jr. (nine for 6/72/1) will have to find a way to fill in for Cruz in the weeks ahead. Tight ends Larry Donnell (36 targets for 26/242/4) and Daniel Fells (eight for 8/78/3) may have more work with Cruz out. One thing is certain, the Giants' passing attack is in flux entering this key NFC East divisional game. The Cowboys' pass D is among the top half of the league, currently ranking 12th in the NFL averaging 227.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with eight passing scores balanced by seven interceptions (tied for fifth in the NFL) and seven sacks (tied for 26th) generated. Russell Wilson was stymied last week - he managed just 14/28 for 126 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for zero yards lost. Ryan Fitzpatrick also had under 200 yards passing at Dallas two weeks ago, posting 16/25 for 154 net yards, zero TDs and one interception thrown. Of late, the Cowboys' secondary has been suffocating the opposition. This looks like a bad week to invest in the Giants' reformulated passing attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
3 vs HOU 0 0 0 10 5 27 0 0
4 at WAS 0 0 0 10 8 89 0 0
5 vs ATL 0 0 0 10 4 33 1 0
6 at PHI 0 0 0 9 5 58 0 0
7 at DAL 0 0 0 9 6 74 0 0
7 at DAL PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 6 * * *
7 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 6 * * *
7 at DAL PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 4 vs WAS (10 / 8 / 89 / 0 rec)

Reuben Randle had bigger showing than normal for the Giants on Thursday and he made a lot of big plays with Manning. Randle and Manning demonstrated the excellent chemistry the two have developed. Randle got a step on his defender down the sideline on a fade pattern and Manning threw a perfect pass at just the right moment. Randle secured the catch just in front of his defender and before the safety could get there thanks to a perfectly placed ball from Manning. Randle also picked up a key first down with a well timed back shoulder fade pass from Manning in Redskin territory. Randle used his speed also to catch curls and short plays over the middle from Manning. Randle almost scored a touchdown late in the game as he hauled in a streak pattern just over a defenders head down the sideline but he stepped out of bounds just before he was able to attempt to cross the goal line. Randle was responsible for the only Giant turnover on Thursday however, after a truly bizarre play. It looked like Randle had secured a touchdown on a curl route in the endzone from Manning but a defender jarred the football loose seconds before the ball could be ruled a completed catch. The pass was subsequently tipped into the air and picked off by Washington, unfortunately for Randle. Despite this, Randle played a solid game and made several big catches to keep his offense on the field. Randle's speed and quickness make him a threat down the field but he can also catch shorter routes due to his size advantage over average defensive backs.

2014 Week 5 vs ATL (10 / 4 / 33 / 1 rec)

Reuben Randle got decent production in this game and scored but did not receive enough targets from Manning for anything more. Randle was a nice role player for the Giants and made a few clutch catches when conversions were needed. Randle was wide open in the endzone on a play action rollout but the pass was somewhat off target and Randle could not stay in bounds to complete the catch. It did not matter however as Randle scored on the next play. Randle got excellent separation on a comeback route in the endzone and provided Manning a huge window to throw into to get the first touchdown. Randle ran his routes well on Sunday and defenders respected his deep threat ability at the line of scrimmage. Randle looked very quick and showed impressive hands as he snagged a fastball from Manning over the middle on a slant play and got away from defenders temporarily to get a lot of yards after catch. Randle did fumble the ball at the end of this play but was fortunate as the Giants recovered and maintained possession. Randle always looked dangerous and open for Manning to throw to but Manning has a lot of weapons to involve with the addition of Beckham. It will be difficult for Randle to get consistent production in this offense due the volume of weapons for Manning and the Giants also like to have a strong ground game where possible.

2014 Week 6 vs PHI (9 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)

Reuben Randle was the leading receiver against the Eagles for the Giants but that isn't saying much as the offense didn't score any points on the night. Randle performed as well as can be expected from the receiver and caught every decent pass thrown his way but the Giants really struggled to put long drives together consistently. Randle caught a lot of passes on the sideline with curl and comeback routes, using his speed to take advantage of backed off coverage from the defense. Randle has good hands and was able to catch a few high passes from Manning, who was under a lot of pressure throughout the game. Manning did misfire by overthrowing Randle late in the game on a curl route but the game was out of reach quickly for the Giants. Randle has good size and quickness which helps him run shorter routes on the sideline but doesn't have any game breaking ability. Manning did rely on him for first downs however, which shows he has confidence in the receiver but the rest of the offense played too poorly for Randle to make a difference. Randle also had two of his catches late in the second half as the Eagles defense began to play soft and give up shorter routes.

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Latest News

Giants | G-Men comfortable with WR options (Tue Oct 14, 01:07 PM) - New York Giants WRs Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham Jr. are acceptable options to replace WR Victor Cruz (knee), according to head coach Tom Coughlin, with WR Preston Parker in the slot position. The Giants are content in not trading for another receiver from outside the organization. The only other healthy receiver on the current roster is WR Corey Washington.

Our View: We'll see how this shakes out in the near future. Randle and Beckham are the primary players to focus on here. We like Beckham's athleticism and upside better, but he's been slowed down his rookie season by a nagging hamstring injury. Randle has the experience edge, but his play has been plagued by concentration problems throughout his career. Parker is also an interesting player to keep an eye on--but only in deeper leagues.
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Schedule

7@ Dallas Cowboys
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9vs Indianapolis Colts
10@ Seattle Seahawks
11vs San Francisco 49ers
12vs Dallas Cowboys
13@ Jacksonville Jaguars
14@ Tennessee Titans
15vs Washington Redskins
16@ St. Louis Rams
17vs Philadelphia Eagles