It's no real secret that offensive rookies frequently struggle to adapt to the New York Giants' offensive system, and that often stems from the simplicity they're used to in college. It has been the case with not only rookie running back David Wilson, but also wide receiver Rueben Randle. And slightly beyond the mid-way point of his first season with Big Blue, Randle admits that he's still learning and adjusting to what is an extremely intricate system.
"Adjustment-wise, [things are very] complex, especially in this offense," Randle told Giants.com. "I was used to a lot of simplified things [in college], just having a little route and maybe convert it to something else. But here you have three or four routes on one play. So I’m just adjusting to that, getting my mind focused on a lot of different things."
As we've seen in the not so distant past, mere talent isn't capable of overcoming the complexity of Kevin Gilbride's offensive system if a player does not truly understand it. It's also a large part of the reason rookies don't see as much actions as the fans would like them to see. After all, this isn't your Grandmother's simple college system.
In order to be successful in the Giants' offense, players must first grasp and understand all the X's and O's. Beyond that, they must have their timing down pat because it also relies heavily on players being exactly where they are supposed to be at all times.
From the outside looking in, it's easy to say "tell him to run a streak and hit him over the top," but it just doesn't work that way for the Giants. And with the recent focus on rookies and their lack of playing time, Randle's insight is telling.
It's not as easy as it looks. Who knew?
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