Excerpt: "Rueben Randle may have had an NFL-level playing skills when the Giants selected him the second round of this year's draft. But he wasn't ready to be a professional in the NFL.
The wide receiver's work ethic was questioned on a national broadcast earlier in the year, and even Giants wide receivers coach Kevin M. Gilbride acknowledged Monday that the former LSU star needed some work in adapting to life in the NFL.
"He didn't come in knowing how to be a professional," Gilbride said. "It's a long day for these guys as far as how they go about their business and try to prepare for an opponent. And if you haven't been through it in a professional setting, it's different. There's always a little bit of a shock to a rookie's system in that regard."
Through 10 games in Randle's rookie season, Gilbride has noticed improvement in in the way Randle is adapting to all aspects of playing in the NFL. The wide receiver has just 11 catches for 158 yards on the year, but is getting a fair share of touches as the team's No. 3 wide receiver. He's still looking for the first score of his career.
"He's getting better. He's really improving in that area, whether it's his level of focus or his level of understanding and understanding of what it takes to be ready for a game," Gilbride said. "All those facets are improving." Read more...