Giants WR Rueben Randle is entering his fourth season with the Giants, a season in which just about everyone who follows this team has predicted big things from him. After the Giants made him the last pick in Round Two of the 2012 NFL Draft, Randle has shown improvement with each passing season.
Last year, he caught 71 of 127 targets for 938 yards and 3 TDs. You can make a case that Randle benefited from the injuries to Odell Beckham, Jr. early and Victor Cruz late, but he showed maturity by season's end. And that has led to higher expectations.
But Randle has not been able to practice in full the past few weeks due to tendonitis in both knees. He sis not practice on Tuesday, but is expected to be back out on the field Wednesday and hopefully play vs the Jets this Saturday.
On Tuesday, Randle answered questions about his condition and if he would have to manage it all season.
"It is just all about me keeping my body warmed up and make sure I’m properly stretched and not putting all the pressure on that knee tendon, so I’m just going to do a couple more exercises to make sure I keep that tendon loose," he said about the ailment that goes back to his high school days. "It just flared up pretty bad this last time and I just needed a little bit more rest than what I usually need, so just taking precautions, nothing really serious."
The flare ups have kept Randle from being on the field with his two superstar wideouts, Beckham and Cruz. He was asked if there was concern over the chemistry.
"No, we all have a pretty good grasp of the offense," said Randle. "It is just going to be about us going out there and executing once we are all healthy enough to stay on the field and get on the field at the same time."
But he did agree it was important for the three of them to get some reps before the season starts.
"It is going to be key. I think we are all working to get to that point and I think we all should be returning this week anyway so --- we’ll see what happens."
What will happen is QB Eli Manning will have his full compliment of wideouts, perhaps the best group in the nine decade history of the franchise.
Giant fans are very interested to to see what will happen if these three can get healthy and stay on the field at the same time for an extended period.