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New York Giants Rookies Rueben Randle, Jayron Hosley Coming Along Nicely at Mini-Camp

June 14th, 2012 at 12:31 PM
By Paul Tierney

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The New York Giants were thrilled when wide receiver Rueben Randle out of LSU was still available for them at the end of the second round in this years draft. In fact, the team debated taking him in the first round before they decided to go with running back David Wilson. So, needless to say, General Manager Jerry Reese was thrilled to get Randle with the 63rd pick of the draft. Giants Director of College Scouting Marc Ross further elaborated on the team's position on the Randle pick:

“I really didn’t think there was a chance we were going to get him,” Ross said. “He was one of those where, at the end of the night, you said, ‘He’s going to be one of the first few guys taken at the top of the [second] round.’ It’s very surprising that he was still there.’’

So far, Randle been a pleasant surprise throughout the team's offseason workouts. Yesterday, Head Coach Tom Coughlin offered some very promising analysis on what he has seen from Randle this offseason. When asked why it can be difficult for rookie wide receivers to produce, Coughlin stated the following:

Well, I don’t know that it is anything other than who it is and exactly what circumstance he finds himself in. Randle has demonstrated, not only does he have a pretty good understanding of what we are trying to do, but he has put himself in position where he has made plays. So just keep getting better. Give us more options; that is what we want.

Look for Randle to compete with Domenik Hixon and Jerrel Jernigan for the number three wide receiver position during training camp. If Hakeem Nicks can come back, Randle would compliment him nicely on the outside. This would allow the team to play Victor Cruz in the slot, creating matchup nightmares for any defense. Furthermore, with Nicks out for a significant portion of training camp, look for Randle to see increased reps throughout training camp.

However, Randle was not the only player to impress during practice yesterday. Several reports indicate that third-round pick Jayron Hosley out  of Virginia Tech looked fantastic as the nickel corner back covering Victor Cruz. If Hosley can keep it up, he could become a surprise contender for the nickel cornerback position, which is expected to go to last year's first round pick Prince Amukamara.

At least up to this point in the offseason, the New York Giants rookie class seems to be exceeding all expectations. David Wilson, Rueben Randle, and Jayron Hosley have all looked good at times during OTA's and mini-camp. Furthermore, General Manager Jerry Reese called fourth-round pick Adrien Robinson "the JPP" of tight ends. It will be interesting to see how these players develop and where they fit on the depth chart throughout the course of the season.


Tags: Adrien Robinson, David Wilson, Domenik Hixon, Football, Hakeem Nicks, Jayron Hosley, Jerrel Jernigan, Jerry Reese, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Prince Amukamara, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz

7 Responses to “New York Giants Rookies Rueben Randle, Jayron Hosley Coming Along Nicely at Mini-Camp”

  1.  norm says:

    A few weeks back, someone posted a link to a Youtube video which showed every play that Randle was targeted in the passing game last season.

    My #1 takeaway from that video pastiche was “Man, LSU had some really, really craptastic QBs.” They may not have been the worst in Division I football – but they had to be close.

    Of course, anyone who watched the BCS title game against Bama could have drawn the same conclusion. But a whole ten minutes of nothing but LSU passing plays was downright painful to watch. It seemed that on nearly half the plays that were targeted for him, Randle had almost no chance at making a play.

    All of which ultimately worked out to the Giants’ benefit, of course. I’d venture to guess that if the QB play at LSU had been something approaching competent last season, he goes off the board well before the 63rd pick. It’s hardly surprising, then, that he’s already opening some eyes in practice now that he’s working out with players who are able to throw him passes that he can actually catch.

    •  Paul Tierney says:

      He did not have much in the way of an effective quarterback at LSU and he obviously will benefit from catching passes from Eli Manning. I still do not think he will grab the #3 wr position out of training camp. Hixon and Jernigan have been there longer and know the offense better. That being said, I think throughout the course of the season we will see Randle become an important aspect of the offense.

  2.  Casey Sherman says:

    Hey norm, thanks for the feedback on my article. No love for the Bear?

    •  jfunk says:

      Sorry, I don’t hate on the Bear, but his chances of being the #1 TE week 1 are almost mathematically identical to the chances of Bennett being injured week 1.

    •  norm says:

      In the interests of keeping this site “family friendly,” I’ll simply say I’m not a fan.

      To my eyes, “Teddy” Bear has always appeared to be piss-poor blocker. His most effective tactic as an in-line blocker is the blatant hold – a tactic for which he was flagged more than a few times in 2011, if I recall.

      Of course, today’s NFL is filled with TEs who can’t block a whit. But they make up for their deficiencies by being productive receivers – yet another skill that’s absent from Teddy’s barren arsenal.

      If it comes to pass that Teddy represents the Giants best option at TE, then Reese should be summarily fired for his gross negligence of that position.

      •  Paul Tierney says:

        Haha lets not schedule the fire Jerry Reese bandwagon for departure before the season even starts. Although I think Bennett will be the starter, Bear is a serviceable #2 TE and does make some plays with the ball in the open field. He knows his role within the offense and doesn’t try to do too much. Lastly, I think when he was at fullback he was much better at run-blocking than he was at TE. We saw too many holding penalties from him last year. Hopefully Bennett can utilize his far superior athleticism and take hold of the #1 TE spot.

        •  norm says:

          Well, the question of whether or not Teddy is a serviceable option as the #2 TE is at least something that’s subject to debate.

          Whereas the notion that he is even in the conversation to be the #1 TE is not even laughable. It’s downright nauseating.

          But then again, if it were up to me, dude wouldn’t even be invited to camp, let alone waste a spot on the 53-man roster.

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