With Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz missing portions of the Giants' offseason program, second-year wide receiver Rueben Randle had a chance to really step up. And it sounds like he did that. Randle was reportedly a standout in OTAs, and offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride took note of how Randle improved many aspects of his game.
"He looked like a guy that has been here for five or six years," Gilbride said of Randle to the New York Daily News. "His whole demeanor, his whole professionalism, was outstanding. ... He certainly stepped into a leadership role. That was not what we saw last year -- not by a long shot.
"To see him growing like that was a great step forward for him, which will help us down the road."
I said yesterday that you don't want to get too carried away analyzing reports on players who are not performing well early in training camp. Similarly, don't overreact when a player is praised for his offseason work. There is no doubt that Randle has a lot of potential, and with Nicks' injury history, he could be called upon often this season. But he is still going to start the season as no more than the Giants' No. 3 WR. He will be inconsistent. However, just on upside alone, there are few wide receivers I like to target more than Randle in the final few rounds of a draft. And those in keeper and dynasty leagues should love him, especially with Nicks entering a free-agent year.