Rueben Randle, WR, Giants
|WR - #122||NYG||Active||1 year||22||6'2||208||@RuebenRandle|
2012 Outlook: Bye Week Fill-inLast updated on Aug-11-2012 by Daniel Kalles
The Giants had a first round grade on Randle in the 2012 draft, so the fact that they were able to draft him with the last pick of the 2nd round was a huge bonus for them. When Nicks went down, it gave the Giants more time to see what they have in the LSU burner during practice and Randle didn't fail to impress. With the departure of Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham via free agency plus the Nicks injury, Randle likely battles Dominik Hixon and Jerrel Jernigan throughout training camp for the third receiver job - or for the starting spot if Nicks doesn't make it back in time to start the season. Dynasty owners should take notice, though it could take multiple seasons before he cracks the starting lineup.
UPDATE (8-11): One preseason game, one touchdown catch for Randle, a five-yard grab. He has looked good in training camp and in the first pre-season game, but like most rookies inconsistency in all aspects remains. Randle has big upside, but 2012 might be a little early to see all of his potential. Unless there are long-term injuries ahead of him, he is better suited for dynasty leagues.
Here is the good news: For once, an injury isn't the reason why Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is missing football activities. He underwent a scope on his left knee more than two months ago, but Nicks said Tuesday that he feels good physically. Alas, Nicks wasn't present for organized team activities on Wednesday, and a source has told Yahoo's Jason Cole that the absence has to do with Nicks' contract. Nicks is entering the final season of his rookie deal and will make about $2.7 million.
OTAs are voluntary, but head coach Tom Coughlin was not happy when asked by the media about Nicks' whereabouts.
"I don't know," Coughlin said. "He should be here."
Teammate Victor Cruz is also missing OTAs as he waits for the Giants to take care of him financially.
This is nothing to worry about. Nicks is under contract, and I don't think that he would push this "holdout" deep into the summer. However, if worse comes to worst, Rueben Randle would see a big jump in value. For fantasy owners, the bigger deal with Nicks is his health, obviously. His body hasn't been able to hold up for a full season through his first four years, and that's why he is being drafted as a mid-range WR2 early on. But if he can finally play 16 games, Nicks will be a steal.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors5/23 - Giants HC Tom Coughlin on absent WR Hakeem Nicks: 'He should be here'
Average Draft PositionRueben Randle was drafted in 68% of MyFantasyLeague.com leagues with an average drafting position of 150.44
2012 Mock Draft Results
2012 Experts Mock Draft (June)
June 6, 2012 - June 25, 2012
|13.08||TheHuddle.com - Had a couple options here, but I like the combo of Randle's "floor" as the Giants WR3 and upside if Cruz falters or Nicks' foot injury lingers.|
2012 Experts Mock Draft (July)
July 16 - 27
|14.11||DraftSharks.com - It shouldn't be difficult for Randle to become one of the Giants' top-3 WRs. And if it were difficult for that guy to at least approximate Mario Manningham's role, well, the Giants wouldn't have let the other guy leave.|
2012 Experts Mock Draft (August)
Aug 14 - 24
|16.06||2MugsFF.com - Nicks insurance|
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