by Brad Biggs
May 12, 02012
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