Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Randle Starting to Click

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Randle Starting to Click

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EAST RUTHERFORD - The offense seemed to be going nowhere fast.

Frustration finally boiled over on the sideline late in the first quarter and Odell Beckham Jr. has not forgotten the stunned disbelief following such an emotional eruption.

Rueben Randle had seen enough and could not stay quiet any longer.

"Rueb just snapped, telling the offensive coordinator and our wide receivers coach, 'Throw me the ball. Don't ask me what plays to run, just throw me the ball,' " Beckham recalled last week. "And they went back and forth, things got a little heated, but I saw the fire. I saw how bad he wanted to win, how confident he was.

"A couple plays later, they threw it to him and he scored, and I'm like, there you go."

Nearly three years have passed since Randle and Beckham were teammates at LSU, the starting receivers for college football's No. 1 team that ran off 13 consecutive victories before losing the national championship game to Alabama.

On the day Randle demanded the ball, his 5-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter triggered an offensive onslaught in an Oct. 15, 2011 rout at Tennessee before a crowd of 101,000-plus fans, many of whom were against the Tigers.

This afternoon at MetLife Stadium, Randle and Beckham are prepared to take the field as teammates again, this time for the suddenly-streaking Giants (2-2) in what should be the NFL debut for the latter against the Falcons (2-2).

All eyes will be on Beckham, of course, the Giants' first-round draft pick from five months ago who missed the entire preseason with a nagging hamstring injury.

"Odell's one of those guys when he has the ball in his hands, everyone's at the edge of their seats," teammate Prince Amukamara said.

But the other former star wide receiver from LSU is coming off his best game as a professional, gaining confidence in his role within the Giants' new West Coast offense with consistency as the biggest difference.

"You could see the light go on for him this summer, most definitely," wide receiver Victor Cruz said of Randle, who won't turn 24 until after his third season as a pro. …

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