RUEBEN RANDLE, DAVID WILSON, AND ADRIEN ROBINSON TO BEGIN THEIR TRANSITION TO NLF, GIANTS
"There has already been a decent amount of talk surrounding Rueben
Randle’s potential role in the 2012 New York Giants offense. Will he
be able to step in immediately as one of the top three “starters?” Will he need
to wait his turn behind Domenik Hixon or Ramses Barden?
The answers are far from here. But tomorrow, Randle will take the first step
towards uncovering them when he takes place in the inaugural day of rookie
mini-camp. If Randle is unable to earn what is technically the second spot on
the depth chart, as New York plans to use Cruz in the slot as often as
possible, he isn’t expected to fall farther than fourth.
When asked about his new toy, General Manager Jerry Reese remarked, “He looks
like a big, pro wide receiver out there, the way he moves around. “I think he's
going to be a quick fit into the offense because of how he plays. He's big and
can post guys up.”
Randle isn’t the only rookie with the potential for a prominent spot in the
offense this season.
Running back David
Wilson will be looking to turn heads this weekend. Wilson, is projected as a
future feature back for the Giants and could even make his debut as a starter in
2012 should Ahmad Bradshaw once again succumb to injury.
Taken in the fourth round, tight end Adrien
Robinson will have a spot on this team as well. How large a role he will be
given is yet to be seen.
Like Jake Ballard, Robinson will not be entering the NFL boasting a
stellar receiving stat sheet from his time in college. In his most productive
season, Robinson notched a paltry 12 receptions for 183 yards and a respectable
Nick Provo, a TE out of Syracuse that went undrafted, hauled in 51 receptions
in his best season and accrued 537 yards. He found the end zone seven times.
Provo was signed by the Ravens as a free agent.
So why would Reese pounce on a player like Robinson as early as the fourth
round when Provo and others of his caliber were still on the board? The answer
lies in the nature of the current Giants predicament at the TE position.
On the morning of February 5th, the Giants were not in position to make major
changes at the position. By February 6th, they were down to one veteran TE that
was projected to be healthy in late 2012.
The addition of Martellus Bennett allowed the Giants to fill the role of top
receiving TE. What they needed now was a blocker to compliment Bear Pascoe. At
6’4 264 lbs, Robinson is one of the shorter TEs on the roster. However, despite
his height he is listed as only one pound lighter than Bennett who is among the
His physical style of play and bulky frame is what attracted the Giants to a
player that many feel was a reach pick.
While he is the likely candidate to beat out Christian Hopkins for the final
TE spot on the final roster thanks to his blocking potential, don’t rule out a
possible evolution for Robinson. It is worth noting that in Ballard’s most
productive collegiate season, he hauled in only two more receptions than
Robinson and accounted for 33 less receiving yards. He did not score a TD in
either his junior or senior season.
Ballard’s lack of receiving success in college translated to 38 receptions
for 604 yards and four TDs in his first year as a starter.
Will Robinson be able to find a new gear in the NFL? Will Randle
and Wilson continue to match or exceed early expectations? Things will become