2012 Rookie Recap: WR Rueben Randle

Posted Feb 28, 2013's Michael Eisen takes a look back at the team's 2012 Rookie Class

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Last April, the Giants drafted seven players who joined the organization with various degrees of confidence, excitement, nervousness, anxiety and readiness to contribute. In their inaugural season in 2012, each confronted the challenges faced by all rookies, including learning to be a professional, memorizing the playbook, integrating themselves into a veteran team that had won the Super Bowl the previous season, finding a place to live and, perhaps most challenging to young player joining the Giants from another part of the country, getting accustomed to driving in New Jersey.

The seven players had widely divergent degrees of success. Some played in every game. Others didn’t step on the field all season.

The Giants’ 2012 draft class is a tight-knit group that spends time together and supports each other. Near the end of the season, we gave each of them an opportunity to talk about their first NFL season.

Rueben Randle
Second Round, 63rd Overall Selection

Randle was the Giants’ punt returner for most of the season and averaged 7.2 yards on 15 returns, with a long of 18. He also caught 19 passes for 298 yards (15.7-yard avg.), with a long reception of 56 yards and three touchdowns, including two in the final game against the Eagles.
“He came on late and flashed some things,” Reese said. “We think he can be a terrific player for us in our receiver stable.”

Randle didn’t play as much as he would have liked – though he did start the last game in place of Hakeem Nicks - but believes the experience he gained this season will be invaluable in the future.

“Coming into something new you’re going to learn a lot,” he said. “Just going through the whole process it’s going to be up and down, but you got to work within the struggles. Just keep your head high and just keep pushing forward and make more positives than negatives.

“The biggest adjustment has been learning the system and learning how to be a professional and how things go. Just understanding the whole process and just getting on the same page with the guys that have been in the league nine, 10 years. You’re the rookie and you’re just trying to follow their footsteps and see how things are molded into being in the position that they’re in.”

Randle admits he was discouraged at times by his scant opportunity to contribute.

“I’m not going to sit here and say I don’t, but I picked myself back up knowing and just staying positive,” Randle said. “I’ll never try to be a negative person. So I always keep my head high and just do the right thing.”

Randle said having the other rookies to lean on has been a big help.

“I think every week we do something together, so we’ve bonded pretty well,” he said. “If one of us is having an appearance it’s something we all go together. We go meet people and just enjoy each other’s company.”

And how does the Louisiana native feel about driving in New Jersey?

“People around here are pretty aggressive when it comes to being behind the wheel, so you got to adjust to it,” Randle said. “When I get back home, I won’t have to drive as crazy.”

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