The 2015 season is a pivotal one in the career of Ruben Randle. The 24 year old is entering the final year of his contract, and he is on an offense that is expected to do big things in 2015.
While Randle is sometimes the forgotten wide receiver behind Odell Beckham Jr and Victory Cruz, he might be the key to the Giants passing attack in 2015. With defenses eyeing Beckham and Cruz, Randle will see plenty of single coverage. If he can be a consistent third option, the sky is the limit for the Giants offense.
However, consistency has been the issue with Randle throughout his three year career. As the Giants third wide receiver in 2013, Randle showed signs he could be a reliable receiving option catching 41 passes for 611 yards and a career high six touchdowns. This was one of the reasons the Giants elected not to bring back Hakeem Nicks and inserted Randle in his place.
But in 2014 Randle struggled in his new role. He failed to have at least 50 yards receiving in nine games and only scored three times. He did finish the season with 938 receiving yards, but almost ¼ of those yards came during the final two weeks of the season when he had 290 yards receiving. When you consider that Randle had plenty of opportunity to shine with the injury to Victor Cruz, 2014 was a disappointment for Randle.
But there are reasons to be optimistic for Randle in 2015. For starters this will be the Giants second year in Ben McAdoo’s west coast offense. With the players more acclimated with the system expect the Giants to be one of the most efficient offenses this season. Also with Victor Cruz back from injury and the emergence of Odell Beckham Jr, Randle will be back to being the third receiving option just like in 2013 which might serve him best. This will lead to a lot of one on one matchups and more scoring opportunities for Randle. In addition, as mentioned previously Randle is in the final year of his contract and his playing for a new contract. We all know how players can get motivated by money and if Randle is productive and consistent this year, either the Giants or someone else will pay him at season’s end.
No matter how you look at it, this is definitely a make or break season in the career of Rueben Randle. If he’s able to produce and play up to his ability the Giants will have a successful 2015 season, and Randle can cash in on a long term contract. If he doesn’t than 2015 will be his last year with Big Blue, and will have a hard time finding a team that will spend top dollar to sign him.
Jason Leach is a Staff Writer for the New York Giants for @pfspot. Follow him on Twitter @JasonKLeach