The Giants spent a first-round pick in May on Odell Beckham , but the man whom they are relying upon to replace Hakeem Nicks is Rueben Randle . Randle was also a reason why the Giants let Mario Manningham walk away in 2012 (even though they re-signed him in 2014). Yet, Randle has yet to take hold of his opportunities. His biggest issues: Concentration and consistency. Giants wide receivers coach Sean Ryan will tell you that. But he'll also tell you now how much Randle has changed to be a different player on and off the field.
"I've seen a difference in his seriousness towards his work," Ryan said of Randle via Dan Graziano of ESPN New York. "This spring, I thought he was locked in. I thought he did a good job learning the new offense. Like I said, he's got some football intelligence to him. Things come to him. He sees things pretty well. But I thought he really worked hard at being locked into the meetings and on the field as well. I noticed a difference in him."
Through two NFL seasons, Randle has 60 total receptions for 909 yards and nine touchdowns. He led the team last season with six receiving touchdowns.
There is also hope that Randle's rapport with Eli Manning will improve this season in Ben McAdoo's offense, which is seen as simpler for wideouts than what former offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride presented.
We all know Victor Cruz is the Giants' No. 1 WR, and he is a high-end WR2 in fantasy to begin the season. Now we have to see which of the Giants' young pass-catchers -- Randle, Beckham, Jerrel Jernigan -- breaks out this year to complement Cruz, help out Manning, and make New York's offense more dangerous. My money is on Randle as it has been since 2012. I've sung his praises many times on the FFToolbox podcast. And yes, up to this point, there's been little to show for it. But Randle is only 23 years old and has all of the physical abilities to be a very solid NFL player. Increased work ethic, concentration and focus can only help. Randle is a mid-round fantasy pick with oodles of upside.