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Dec 8, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) controls the puck past Winnipeg Jets center Bryan Little (18) during the third period at MTS Centre. Rangers win 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)
Dec 8, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei (76) controls the puck past Winnipeg Jets center Bryan Little (18) during the third period at MTS Centre. Rangers win 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

8/7/17 | Alain Vigneault said in early April that Brady Skjei is the "new type" of defenseman in the NHL because of how he uses his skating both to carry the puck and to defend.

Vigneault added that he didn't consider Skjei to be a rookie, that he was playing big minutes and he "will be a real good player for us moving forward."

On breakup day, Vigneault said that Skjei played a "big role" and was considered to be one of the Rangers offensive defensemen.

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Wide receiver Rueben Randle looks on during practice on Oct. 28, 2015. (AP)
Wide receiver Rueben Randle looks on during practice on Oct. 28, 2015. (AP)

Not coming back to New York is "just an unfortunate situation," said former New York Giant and current Philadelphia Eagle Rueben Randle.

Randle, the former LSU wide receiver whose four year with the Giants netted him 188 receptions, 2,644 yards and 20 touchdowns, says he was "disappointed" by the Giants lack of any attempt to re-sign him after his contract with the team expired. That sent him to free agency which ultimately landed him in Philadelphia to play for his former team's division rival, the Eagles.

"It was weird coming here, I'll admit that," Randle said. "I'm still sorting it out to be honest. It's taken some time to get used to a different locker room."

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Victor Cruz makes a catch during camp last year, when he sustained a season-ending calf injury. (AP)
Victor Cruz makes a catch during camp last year, when he sustained a season-ending calf injury. (AP)

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Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has missed the past season and a half, first with a torn patellar tendon and then with a calf injury. As a result of missing so much time and an uncertain future, Cruz and the Giants have restructured his contract to where his deal is only guaranteed for this season and the guaranteed amount has been reduced to $2.4 million.

Cruz can earn up to $21.5 million over the next three seasons if he hits all the bonuses and incentives.

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New York Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara addresses the media during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Jim O'Connor/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara addresses the media during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. (Jim O'Connor/USA Today Sports Images)

New York Giants president John Mara said the organization was "pretty successful" in restocking its roster through free agency over the past few weeks.

Tags: Bobby Hart, Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, Victor Cruz, Will Beatty
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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Free agent WR Rueben Randle will visit with the Rams on Monday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports (Mar. 14).

After surveying league sources last month, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com projected that Randle would receive a three-year contract worth $18.8 million, with $8.5 million in guaranteed money.

Randle, 24, had 57 receptions for 797 yards and eight TDs last season for the Giants.

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 (Jim O'Connor)
(Jim O'Connor)

Giants WR Rueben Randle is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

After surveying league sources, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com projects that Randle will receive a three-year contract worth $18.8 million, with $8.5 million in guaranteed money.

Randle, 24, had 57 receptions for 797 yards and eight TDs last season for the Giants.

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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu evades a tackle by the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu evades a tackle by the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. (Scott Galvin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Giants are expected to target wide receiver Mohamed Sanu once free agency begins, according to CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora.

Sanu, 26, had just 33 catches for 394 yards with no touchdowns with the Cincinnati Bengals last year, playing behind A.J. Green and Marvin Jones. He has played 57 games through his first four seasons, totaling 152 catches for 1,793 yards and 11 touchdowns.

A third-round pick out of Rutgers in 2012, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Sanu signed a four-year, $2.7 million deal after the draft. He could earn $5 million annually, La Canfora writes.

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, Victor Cruz
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Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera and quarterback Cam Newton (1) (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera and quarterback Cam Newton (1) (Christopher Hanewinckel)

When you're 13-0 and will likely be the NFC's top seed, it's hard to get excited about playing a 6-7 team that is riddled with injuries and has continually shot itself in the foot.

That seemed to be the attitude of Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera towards the Giants in his conference call with reporters on Wednesday. Rivera's team is vying to stay undefeated when they come here Sunday to play the Giants, who managed to win for only second time in six games this past Monday.

"I think they're a team that's still finding their footing in some respect," Rivera said of the Giants. "A team that's had some unfortunate losses, but then you watch them on Monday night and you see the explosiveness of what they have the ability to do."

Tags: Eli Manning, Jason Pierre-Paul, Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, John Fennelly
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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning rolls out to throw a pass against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USATSI)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning rolls out to throw a pass against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Steve Mitchell/USATSI)

The Giants' resiliency was tested on Monday night. They got down early against the Miami Dolphins and were forced to come back several times. Players were exhausted from the heat and humidity, and they picked one another up. Head coach Tom Coughlin was knocked off his feet on the sideline by a charging Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but got right up.

"Actually, it helped. It snapped my neck," Coughlin said after the game as per NJ.com. "It feels a whole hell of a lot better right now. Thanks for asking."

The team took on the personality of its head coach the rest of the way, getting up, dusting off and willing itself to a win over a Miami team that inexplicably wilted in their home environment. The Giants finally held on to a fourth-quarter lead and won a game they deserved to win for once.

Tags: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Rashad Jennings, Rueben Randle, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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New York Giants wide reciever Odell Beckham Jr runs untouched into the endzone for a Giants touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Robert Duyos/USATSI)
New York Giants wide reciever Odell Beckham Jr runs untouched into the endzone for a Giants touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Robert Duyos/USATSI)

The New York Giants are a shell of the team that GM Jerry Reese and head coach Tom Coughlin thought would make a run at the NFC East title this past summer.

They needed every player left in uniform to give it everything they had to get past a sloppy Dolphins team Monday night in Miami with a 31-24 win. The Giants remain tied with the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles atop the NFC East at 6-7.

Monday's win was one generated out of survival. The offensive line has been decimated by injuries and was hurting again last night, but they overcame the heat and humidity to get the better of the home team.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, Will Tye, John Fennelly
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Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin (C) discusses a call with field judge Brad Freeman (88) during the second half at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports  (Brad Mills)
Nov 29, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin (C) discusses a call with field judge Brad Freeman (88) during the second half at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 20-14. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

In a season marked by inconsistency, the New York Giants haven't failed to squander chances to take command of the NFC East.

It's been the constant in what is proving to be a frustrating season for Tom Coughlin, his team and its fans.

Every time the Giants (5-6) have a chance to open daylight, they have come up short.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Prince Amukamara, Rueben Randle, Shane Vereen
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As the Giants were unraveling in Washington Sunday afternoon, their one true star managed to stand tall.

Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the player who makes the cost of the tickets worth their face value, gave the fans something to cheer about with another one-handed, eye-popping TD catch in the Giants' embarrassing 20-14 loss to the Redskins.

The Giants came out flat and stayed there for three quarters. The Redskins, who also have no business playing for first place, managed to keep a depleted Giants team in the game as the fourth quarter approached.

Tags: Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, John Fennelly
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Nov 8, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Nov 8, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) works out prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Giants head into this weekend's game against the Washington Redskins with a clear advantage: their wide receivers against the Redskins' banged-up secondary.

CB Chris Culliver tore both the MCL and ACL in his left knee in last week's loss to the Carolina Panthers and is out for the remainder of the season. Starting strong safety Trenton Robinson (hamstring) is also out this Sunday. In addition, CBs Bashaud Breeland (hamstring/illness) and Deshazor Everett (hamstring) are questionable. CB DeAngelo Hall (toe) and safety Dashon Goldson (knee/hamstring.wrist) are probable.

The Giants are looking forward to throwing the football this weekend. WR Hakeem Nicks is returning and Odell Beckham Jr. is also poised for a big afternoon. 

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, John Fennelly
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New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) gives New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) stiff arm after pass reception during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor)
New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) gives New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) stiff arm after pass reception during the second half at MetLife Stadium. (Jim O'Connor)

At 5-5,the New York Giants still control their own fate as they enter the stretch run of the season.
 
Still leading the NFC East, the Giants return from the bye week with a game at Washington before a difficult four-game stretch that leads the team to its regular-season finale against Philadelphia. 
 
After the Week 11 bye, the Giants had a chance to retool and get healthy.
 
Here are five things we'd like to see from the Giants following the bye week:
 
A pass rush
 
The Giants enter Week 12 tied for last place in the NFL with 12.0 sacks. But in Week 10, the Giants seemingly pieced together their best pass rush of the season, sacking Tom Brady three times in a close loss. 
 
Jason Pierre-Paul also had a sack, but it was wiped away by a penalty. Nonetheless, it's an encouraging sign that Pierre-Paul is already making strides despite playing in two games, and the rest of the Giants' defensive line is stepping up to the challenge as well.
 
The Giants need a pass rush to win the NFC East and make noise in the playoffs. It's a blueprint that led the team to two Super Bowls over the past decade. As we saw early on in this season, a lack of a pass rush made the team wildly inconsistent and an easy stepping stone against superior teams.
 
Defensive reinforcements
 
The Giants opened the season with one of the better defenses in the league. However, as injuries began to force players out of the lineup, this rag-tag group began to falter.
 
This week, the Giants had a chance to make room for defensive reinforcements at multiple levels of the defense. Cornerback Prince Amukamara is back opposite of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Amukamara had been dealing with a pectoral tear and missed five games. He'll take over for Jayron Hosley in the starting lineup and be an upgrade against teams' No. 2 wideouts.
 
Additionally, J.T. Thomas (ankle) and Uani 'Unga (neck) should be back in the mix, too. Thomas has missed the last three games and Unga has missed the past two. 
 
In other words, nearly the Giants' entire starting linebacking corps was sidelined. With Thomas and Unga back, the front seven is again solidified and should help improve a rush defense that has struggled in recent weeks, allowing more than 100 yards in five of the last six games.
 
More Darkwa
 
The Giants have rushed for more than 100 yards twice in eight games, and no Giants running back has eclipsed 100 yards in a single game to date.
 
That needs to change if the Giants are going to find balance in their offense down the stretch. 
 
With a backfield comprised of Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams, Shane Vereen and Orleans Darkwa, Tom Coughlin must configure a plan in which the team has more success on the ground to set up play-action pass and control the time of possession. Otherwise, the Giants are going to continue to be predictable and inconsistent running the ball. 
 
Darkwa leads the team with a 4.7 yard per carry average, which is more than the Giants' team averages per carry (3.8), which is 27th in the NFL. The 23-year-old back has proven he's deserving of more carries as he fits what the Giants are trying to do offensively. 
 
Ereck Flowers' strong second half
 
The Giants' rookie left tackle is going to remain right where he has been all season since incumbent Will Beatty will not be returning to the field in 2015.
 
Thus far, Flowers has had a very … rookie type of season, with bright spots and blemished all alike. 
 
With some injuries nagging the Giants along the offensive line to Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg, the team needs stability from other areas. One of those areas needs to be at left tackle.
 
Flowers needs to come out strong for the stretch run and protect Eli Manning from some talented edge rushers that the Giants are going to face over the final six games. 
 
Offensive line coach Pat Flaherty said Flowers' technique is improving at practice, but it needs to translates to the games. After a week to continue to perfect his technique, Flowers needs to step up and play a pivotal role on this offensive line.
 
Rueben Randle being a true No. 2
 
Odell Beckham Jr. has enjoyed continued success his sophomore seasons. He ranks seventh in the NFL with 863 receiving yards on 63 receptions to go along with eight touchdowns.
 
And he might not be the most important receiver on the Giants.
 
We know what to expect out of Beckham - playmaking ability, outstanding catch-and-runs and a consistent threat to opposing defenses.
 
However, Beckham is susceptible to struggles when defenses blanket him.
 
Those defenses are unable to do so when Randle is at his best.
 
When Randle catches a touchdown, the Giants are 3-0. He's a perfect complement to Beckham's skillset, and with Dwayne Harris now the full-time starter in the slot and perhaps Hakeem Nicks finding a niche role in the offense, Randle needs to step up and be a true No. 2 option for Manning.
 
Randle has seen an uptick in targets. Six seems to be a magic number of sorts. When Randle is targeted six or more times, the Giants are 3-2. Not too shabby.

 

Tags: Ereck Flowers, Jason Pierre-Paul, Orleans Darkwa, Prince Amukamara, Rueben Randle, Uani' Unga, Sam Spiegelman

Aug 23, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans receiver Hakeem Nicks (14) runs after a reception during the first half against the St. Louis Rams at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Aug 23, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans receiver Hakeem Nicks (14) runs after a reception during the first half against the St. Louis Rams at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

A familiar face was back on the field for the Giants at practice on Monday, one the team hopes can reignite his career and help them get to the playoffs.

Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, signed last week after the Giants placed Victor Cruz on season-ending injured reserve, is back with the team after two seasons. He spent 2014 in Indianapolis, then has been searching for a job since being cut by the Tennessee Titans this past summer.

"It feels good," Nicks said when asked how it feels to back in Blue. "Feels good to be back in the building, definitely feels good to be back in the Giants uniform. Just want to continue to make plays and be a great football player and a great team player."

Tags: Dwayne Harris, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, Victor Cruz, John Fennelly
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 (Brian Blanco)
(Brian Blanco)

The Giants offense has been effective even without a healthy Rueben Randle opposite Odell Beckham Jr.

Randle has continued to play despite a lingering hamstring injury, but the wide receiver continues to feel better on the injury front and believes he'll be a full speed after the Week 11 bye.

"It's still a little sore, but it's better than the past weeks," Randle said. "As much as I can rest it, I try to rest it to allow me to go longer in the game. Just trying to find a way to manage my way around it … hopefully, I'll be where I can go out there and play full speed (in) probably one more week and then after the bye."

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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.

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The Giants hit the jackpot last year with WR Odell Beckham Jr. at the NFL Draft. With an improving Rueben Randle and Victor Cruz (knee), who is expected to return in time for the regular season, the Giants could be considered receiver rich.

GM Jerry Reese feels that way, too, but he's not averse to taking another WR high in this year's draft.

Tags: 2015 NFL Draft, Jerry Reese, kevin white, New York Giants, NFL Combine, Odell Beckham Jr, rueben randle, Victor Cruz
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Two players we mentioned yesterday as keys to the Giants' season opened some eyes at OTAs on Tuesday. DE Damontre Moore and WR Rueben Randle.

Moore, according the John Schmeelk of Giants.com, looks to be in high spirits and is showing off that quick first step towards the QB again:

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Coming into this season, it seemed on paper that the Giants? main strength was the receiving corps.

Victor Cruz had finally signed his contract; Hakeem Nicks appeared to be healthy; and Rueben Randle was ready to build on a few good games from last year.

However, through eight games, the receiving corps ? except for Cruz ? has been very inconsistent.

Tags: Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Kevin M Gilbride, New York Giants, rueben randle, Victor Cruz, wide receivers
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Each week, I will be taking a look at the Giants? media notes to pull out some interesting facts about the upcoming opponent.

In Week 8, the Giants (1-6) head to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles (3-4) in an NFC East divisional showdown.

The Eagles earned a 36-21 victory over the Giants in Week 5 at MetLife Stadium. The Giants still lead the all-time regular season series, 81-74-2.

Tags: eagles, Eli Manning, giants, Giants-Eagles, giants media, Hakeem Nicks, Jon Beason, media, media notes, New York Giants, NY Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, rueben randle, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz, week 8
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Let?s start off by saying that it is great that the Giants finally got into the win column.

But let?s be brutally honest: It was anything but pretty.

The Giants missed plenty of opportunities on offense in their 23-7 win Monday night over the Minnesota Vikings. This really could have been a 44-7 game, but again, for the struggling Giants, a win?s a win.

Tags: Eli Manning, giants, Giants Offense, Giants-Vikings, Hakeem Nicks, Monday Night Football, New York Giants, NY Giants, Peyton Hillis, red zone, rueben randle, Victor Cruz, vikings
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The Giants? undefeated streak at the new Cowboys Stadium eventually had to come to an end, but no one thought it would have ended in this fashion.

The Giants turned the ball over six times en route to an extremely frustrating 36-31 loss Sunday night to the Cowboys. Dallas scored 17 points off Giants? turnovers.

For the offense in the preseason, the two main questions involved running back David Wilson adapting to a starting role and the offensive line trying to work through a multitude of injuries.

Tags: cowboys, david wilson, Eli Manning, giants, Giants-Cowboys, Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants, NY Giants, rueben randle, tim coughlin, Victor Cruz
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Second-year WR Rueben Randle comes into camp the favorite to win the third WR spot on the Giants' depth chart. He's angling for a bigger slice of the pie in the Giants' passing attack. Through two practices, nothing's changed. His progress is unfolding before our eyes.

"I?ve seen some good things out of Rueben. Hopefully he?ll keep it up," said Tom Coughlin yesterday. The coach elaborated on Randle's progress. He's taking the coaches' tutelage to heart and is justifying his high draft status.

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Heading into training camp, one of the themes of the 2013 New York Giants has been the upcoming reliance on a few inexperienced players to significantly contribute on both sides of the ball.

On offense in particular ? looking past Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz of course ? a few young guns will be looked upon to shoulder the load.

And offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is confident that these young guns will come through.

Tags: Andre Brown, david wilson, Eli Manning, giants, Hakeem Nicks, Kevin Gilbride, Louis Murphy, New York Giants, NY Giants, rueben randle, Victor Cruz
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With Victor Cruz?s return to Big Blue official, the Giants can easily be placed into the argument of having the best receiving corps in the NFL.

Now, Cruz would have likely been here anyway had he not signed the five-year, $43 million contract extension, but a happy Victor Cruz means a productive, salsa-dancing Victor Cruz.

I wrote earlier this offseason that the Giants need Cruz in the mix for the receiving corps to reach its full potential, and that is now the case.

Tags: 49ers, Brandon Myers, eagles, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Louis Murphy, michael crabtree, New York Giants, NFL, NY Giants, receiving corps, rueben randle, Victor Cruz, wide receiver
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From Kyle McMorrow of NYGiantsRush:

The New York Giants opened voluntary OTA's without the familiar faces of Hakeem Nicks or Victor Cruz. Neither have ideal contract situations, and both made their absences felt, at least initially.?

The Giants headlines were mobbed with the Nicks/Cruz drama, but as the days went on, the news slowly shifted from those off the field, to the ones actually on it. Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle seemingly stole the show with his performance during the OTA's, as Tom Coughlin and Kevin Gilbride constantly praised the second year man out of Louisiana State University.

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The Giants are expecting a breakout season from WR Rueben Randle.

From Dan Stack of GiantsRush.com

While all the talk this?off-season?is being centered around how the Giants will have to please both Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, with some thinking the team has the luxury to sign only one of them to a long-term contract (hence the reason why Cruz was tagged with a first-round RFA tender), the Giants may actually have an ace up their sleeve in Rueben Randle.

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When healthy, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz form a dynamic duo on the outside as targets for Eli Manning.

Yet that duo is in some jeopardy, with Nicks recovering from injury and Cruz?s contract status up in the air.

But all signs point to the Giants working out a deal with Cruz and Nicks being fully ready to go for the 2013 season.

Tags: 2013 New York Giants, Domenik Hixon, Free Agency, giants, Hakeem Nicks, jerrel jernigan, Jerry Reese, Editorial Aside, Ramses Barden, rueben randle, Victor Cruz, wide receiver
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As the Giants? motto has been all season, if someone gets hurt, the next guy steps up.

In Big Blue?s win over the Packers, running Andre Brown broke his fibula and will miss the remainder of the season.

First-round pick David Wilson will finally be given his second chance. He fumbled his second career carry and was relegated solely to kick return duties.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Andre Brown, david wilson, first round pick, giants, Kregg Lumpkin, Monday Night Football, NFC East, NY Giants, Editorial Aside, redskins, rueben randle, running back, ryan torain, second round pick
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Besides the three passing touchdowns, Eli Manning had a rather average game. He threw for 249 yards on 16-of-30 passing.

But his efficiency in the Giants? 38-10 blowout win over the Packers was what led the Giants to victory.

On third and fourth down plays, Manning was 7-of-9, and all three of his touchdown passes came on third downs. Manning had been 0-3 against the Packers in the regular season before this win.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, Eli Manning, Green Bay Packers, Hakeem Nicks, NY Giants, offense, Phil Simms, Editorial Aside, red zone, rueben randle, Tom Coughlin, touchdown percentage
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After Ahmad Bradshaw fumbled on the very first play from scrimmage, it looked like it was going be a long afternoon for the Giants at MetLife Stadium against the 0-4 Cleveland Browns. The Browns jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, so Eli Manning and the offense were forced to dig out of a deep hole.

Not only did the offense respond in a big way, but they also played the most complete game of the season, other than the first five minutes, in the Giants? 41-27 win.

Bradshaw must have been really irked by his fumble because he turned into a different player for the remainder of the game. He finished the day with a career-high 200 yards on 30 carries with a touchdown.

Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, Cleveland Browns, Eli Manning, Giants-Browns, NY Giants, offense, Editorial Aside, rueben randle
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Hakeem Nicks will be missing his third straight game this Sunday as he continues to nurse his foot and knee injury. Ramses Barden has also been ruled out due to a concussion.

All of a sudden, an area that was the Giants strength will rely on contributions from a medley of different receivers.

Victor Cruz is a given. After a few timely drops Week 1, he?s bounced back to show that last season was no fluke. However, if the Browns or any other opposing defense focuses on limiting Cruz, Eli Manning will need his other targets to step up.

Tags: 2012 New York Giants, big blue, domeik hixon, Domenik Hixon, Eli Manning, giants, Giants-Browns, Giants Offense, Hakeem Nicks, Inactives, jim mancari, Martellus Bennett, NY Giants, Editorial Aside, Ramses Barden, rueben randle, sny, Tom Coughlin, Victor Cruz
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Most position battles are relatively meaningless developments until late July, when training camps begin and players focus on preparing for the upcoming season. Coaches deliberating position competitions usually consider each players? entire body of work?career production, minicamp performance, injury history, work ethic, physical attributes, potential for growth?but the decision ultimately rests on a given players? level of preparedness heading into week 1. Whichever player best exhibits the qualities needed at his position to help his team win when the regular season begins should get the nod over his competitors. It?s pretty simple. These predicaments exist on most every NFL roster and they are for the most part altogether good problems to have. Multiple players fighting for a single spot leads to intense competition, the kind that brings out the best and most consistent effort in each competitor. Even defending Super Bowl champions need to resolve these sorts of issues, and the 2012 Giants are no exception.

Tags: Domenik Hixon, Giants Wide Receivers, jerrel jernigan, New York Giants, Ramses Barden, rueben randle
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With Hakeem Nicks' availability questionable for the start of the season, the Giants will turn to their reserves and rookies to take most for the reps at WR when training camp starts. One player that seems to have an inside track on those reps is second-round pick Rueben Randle (above), who is showing signs that he could come right out of the gate and become a productive receiver.

"I think he has a good feel for things." Eli said of Randle last week. "He is starting to understand some of the concepts and just the in?s and out?s of what his assignments are; what his options are. There is always a learning period with those guys. But you see some speed, some size, coming in and out of breaks, and just a pretty good feel and understanding of how to get open. So that is always a good start. And now just continue to learn. The more reps that he can get in live action, the better he will be."

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Myself, Rich and Dr. Football were among a group of reporters who attended Rueben Randle's media conference tonight at Radio City...

Q. How do you feel?

RUEBEN RANDLE: Relieved. Sitting back there with my family, I was just anxious to get an opportunity to get into the NFL.

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With their second round pick (63rd overall), the Giants selected LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle.

Excellent value...Giants fans at Radio City are thrilled, and I assume that this is a popular pick all around. ?Randle was projected to go late first or early second, and I wrote earlier today that it was unlikely he'd slip all the way 63, but I'm glad to be wrong.

At 6'3, 210 lbs., he has a true #1 receiver body. His 4.55 forty time is not bad, but he has been clocked in the mid 4.4s, so he has the speed to get deep. He has good hands and the ability to make catches in traffic.

Tags: Jerry Reese, New York Giants, New York Giants News, nfl draft, rueben randle
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