The report says Randle has the size and the physical skills needed to be a good NFL wide receiver. His issue, to this point, has been consistency of concentration.
Randle had 41 receptions for 611 yards and a team-high six touchdowns last season.
"Intelligence, he's got that," Giants wide receivers coach Sean Ryan said. "For me, the battle with him is consistency, and I think he's addressed it in this offseason in the way he approaches his job. I've seen a difference in his seriousness toward his work. This spring, I thought he was locked in. I thought he did a good job learning the new offense. Like I said, he's got some football intelligence to him. Things come to him. He sees things pretty well. But I thought he really worked hard at being locked into the meetings and on the field as well. I noticed a difference in him."
The early part of the offseason saw
Could this grand offseason lead to more responsibilities for Randle? The New York Daily News reports Randle has been spoken to by coaches about playing in the slot, which would require some extra chemistry with quarterback Eli Manning. The two had some miscommunications last year that led to turnovers.
"They were talking to me about coming in on the inside," he said, "using my big body in the seams. Whatever they need me to do, I'll do it."
Randle played in the slot during his sophomore season at LSU, so he has some experience with it.
"Everything is pretty much black and white, simple. What you have is what you run," Randle said. "It just takes a lot of things off our mind and go out there and play football, just use our ability to get open. And that is what we are doing."
The report says Randle already looks pretty comfortable. Under former coordinator Kevin Gilbride, Randle had trouble getting on the same page as his quarterback at times.
But now, he feels free, able to play without any of the past restrictions that might have potentially stunted his growth.
"When you can go out there and maintain and focus on one specific things, you can play a lot faster," Randle said. "That is what we are doing here. That is going to be key here moving forward for us to make plays."
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