Rueben Randle Press Conference, 04.27.12

Q: Were you surprised that you lasted as long as you did and were you aware of the Giants’ interest?

A: I guess it was pretty surprising. I knew that the Giants had a lot of interest in me. I got a few phone calls from the guys. A couple of people from LSU were giving me signs that they were interested, so I knew once they came up, they would draft me.

Q: Did you talk to any LSU players from the Giants who gave you a hint on their interest?

A: No, none of the players. I haven’t talked to any of the players.

Q: The Giants have described you as an NFL-ready receiver. Can you describe how you feel about that?

A: I’m sure there are a lot of things that I have to work on. I’m not sure I’m going to be quite as ready yet. I have to get adjusted to the timing and the speed of the game, so I’m just going to come in there and work hard and hopefully I’ll get my opportunity.

Q: How about going from the quarterbacks you had to play with at LSU to coming here playing with Eli Manning?

A: It’s going to be great. We had struggles at LSU. They weren’t bad quarterbacks, but we struggled there. But Eli is an elite quarterback in the league and it’s going to be great for me to come in and play with him.

Q: Did that play a part in you getting picked lower than projected—not having as many opportunities as you would’ve wished?

A: I don’t know what played into it. I’m happy to be a part of the New York Giants, a winning program, the Super Bowl champs, so I’m happy with that.

Q: What kind of receiver are you? How would you describe yourself?

A: I can make all those plays – deep, over-the-middle – it doesn’t really matter. Whatever they need me to do, I’ll do.

Q: Eli is a New Orleans guys. Have you been to his passing camps or met with him at all?

A: I missed his camps the past two years. I was supposed to go down there, but a situation came up where I had to miss them.

Q: Every year guys come to New York and fall further than expected. Can you describe how it feels to wait for your name to be called?

A: It was a little nerve wracking, but you have to stay calm. That’s why you have your family here to talk to you and keep you relaxed until your opportunity comes.

Q: You had to wait around all last night and tonight as well?

A: Right.

Q: What was last night like?

A: It was kind of frustrating. I just went home with my family, got something to eat. I went up to my room and relaxed. I waited for my opportunity, and that was here.

Q: Did you do anything fun last night?

A: No. I just went back to the hotel. My family bought me food. I went back to the room with my brothers and just kicked back and relaxed and watched TV.

Q: When you get disappointed like this, do you come into camp with a chip on your shoulder?

A: I think it adds a little chip—but not much. I was going to come in and work no matter what the situation. I think I have a lot to prove now since I dropped so far, and that’s what I’m willing to do.

Q: The Giants said you were in discussion to be drafted by them with the No. 32 pick. Did you think you would get drafted by them in the first round?

A: I heard it was an opportunity there, but I guess they didn’t take it. I fell into their hands here at the end of the second round, and I’m happy with that.

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