The New York Giants have been waiting for the light to go on for Rueben Randle after spending a second round pick on the former LSU Tiger in 2012, and today vs. the Philadelphia Eagles that light may have turned on. It was a tale of two halves for Randle who looked awful in the first half dropping passes and looking confused.
His drops have been maddening for the Giants, but something happened at halftime because Randle looked like a different player. Randle has shown flashes of his ability, but nothing quite like the performance he had in the second half–albeit in a losing effort–vs. the Eagles.
Randle had a career-high 13 targets from Eli Manning, catching six of them (tying a career-high) for 96 yards (his second highest mark of his career) and two touchdowns (the second time he’s accomplished this).His two touchdowns came in a span of less than four minutes that saw him score from 26 yards out to bring the G-Men to within five at 19-14 in the third quarter. The second gave the Giants the lead at 21-14 from six yards out.
Games like this by Reuben Randle show why there’s no way the Giants are re-signing Hakeem Nicks.
— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) October 6, 2013
Unfortunately for the Giants that would be the end of their scoring for the afternoon as the Eagles would score 17 unanswered points to win 36-21 to drop to 0-5. However, this could be the performance Randle needed to jump start his career with the Big Blue.
The biggest question with him is if he can repeat this performance on any kind of consistent basis. This game was a microcosm of his NFL career thus far. He really had a bad, good game if such a thing exists. He should have had 165 yards and an extra touchdown.
He has the talent and the tools, but he hasn’t been able to harness it all and get on the same page with Manning. But in a season without many positives for the Giants thus far, Randle has a shot to be one of the silver linings if he can put together more games like the one he had today.
Randle and the Giants take on the Chicago Bears from Soldier Field on Thursday night on NFL Network.