What is going on with Rueben Randle? "That's a very good question," New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said when asked to pinpoint why the wide receiver has not been as productive for the Giants as he was a season ago.
Randle's production and effort has come under fire the past couple of weeks after a couple of critical passes thrown in his direction turned into interceptions. Tuesday, Randle addressed the criticism during on apparance on WFAN with "Boomer & Carton."
"I've been playing football for a long time. A lot of things have been blamed on m so it kinda goes in one ear and out the other," Randle said.
Randle has 42 catches this season, a pace that would see him finish with 56 catches. He had 71 a season ago. He is also on pace for just 89 targets, after having 127 passes thrown in his direction a season ago. Randle admitted that with Odell Beckham Jr, the focal point of the offense the lack of consistent targets can be "frsutrating."
"It's definitely frustrating," Randle said. "As a receiver you want to get more involved in the game."
That said, Randle acknowledged understanding why Beckham is the primary target.
Of Coughlin, Randle said "I love him to death" and added that "he just wants the best for me, and wants to get the best out of me."
Perhaps Randle's play is symbolic of what has happened with the 5-7 Giants. They could be better, should be better, and it's difficult to see exactly why they haven't been better.
Regardless, the Randle interview is an interesting one. Give it a listen.