Rueben Randle off to promising start with Giants

But can receiver make impact as rookie? Brad Biggs

Print This May 12, 2012, 01:29 PM EST

It’s far too premature to say exactly how the New York Giants will go about replacing Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham, who departed via free agency.

But in a perfect world Rueben Randle, the second-round pick from LSU, will fill the void.

One day of rookie minicamp isn’t much in the way of a gauge but Randle did well in his debut for the Giants. Some figured he would be selected higher in the draft than the end of Round 2 but the Giants were fortunate he slid. One national scout said Randle possesses the best hands of any receiver in the draft.

The trick – and it’s not easy – is for wide receivers to contribute as rookies.

They brought me up for a reason. It’s my job to go out there and do what they brought me in to do, which is make plays,” Randle said, according to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “I think I can get there. I’m still young. I’m still learning on the fly, but I think with the right time and the right opportunities, I can be there.”

Giants coach Tom Coughlin even threw a compliment in the player’s direction, a rare move for the conservative leader.

“I was very impressed by Randle out on the field this morning,” Coughlin said.

It’s only the first step.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune

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