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The New York Daily News writes Rueben Randle "seems the favorite to start" opposite Victor Cruz in two-wide set.

Randle "seems the favorite to start" over rookie Odell Beckham. The Giants are expected to essentially run a base three-wide offense under new OC Ben McAdoo, but "starting" in two-wide formations could mean the difference between playing 95 percent of the snaps, and 65-70. It's certainly worth noting. Beckham missed time during OTAs with a hamstring issue, giving Randle an edge.

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Giants WRs coach Sean Ryan says the team saw a more focused Rueben Randle during the spring.

"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," Ryan said. "I've seen a difference in his seriousness towards his work. This spring, I thought he was locked in." The switch to a simpler offensive system that doesn't rely as heavily on option routes should also help Randle. He's going to line up all over the field, even in the slot. Entering his third year, Randle is oozing with WR2 upside.

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Rueben Randle says the Giants' new offensive staff has approached him about adding slot receiver snaps to his repertoire.

"They were talking to me about coming in on the inside," Randle said, "using my big body in the seams. Whatever they need me to do, I'll do it." Randle is playing the role occupied by Jordy Nelson in Green Bay, from where new OC Ben McAdoo hails. McAdoo likely wants to be able to move around his receivers frequently, like the Packers' wideouts do. Victor Cruz should remain the Giants' primary slot man, but more snaps there could further boost Randle's outlook.

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According to, Rueben Randle "continues to have a strong offseason."

All that public shaming of Randle by the Giants appears to have motivated the talented third-year player. He "seems to be running sharper routes and has displayed consistently strong hands." Randle is going to play the majority of snaps as an outside receiver in new OC Ben McAdoo's three-wide base, and is a serious breakout candidate. He consistently made "wow" plays in limited opportunities behind Hakeem Nicks.

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Giants WR Rueben Randle believes new OC Ben McAdoo's offense will allow him to think less about reads and focus more on getting open.

Randle struggled with option routes in old OC Kevin Gilbride's system leading to him frequently being out of sync with Eli Manning. That should not be a problem in McAdoo's offense. If he is allowed to simply go out and use his physical gifts, Randle has the talent to be a difference maker. He is a good bet to lead the Giants in touchdown receptions this season.

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The Newark Star-Ledger projects Rueben Randle as the primary outside receiver opposite Odell Beckham, and expects the Giants to give Randle "the chance to prove he's an elite first-round talent at wide receiver."

Beat writers Jordan Raanan and Conor Orr project Randle and Beckham outside, with Victor Cruz at slot receiver. If Beckham ends up returning kicks and/or punts, Randle could also be the "starter" in two-wide formations opposite Cruz. The Giants are using three-receiver sets as their base offense at OTAs, so that point may be moot. As Cruz stands 6'0/206 and Beckham 5'11/198, 6-foot-3, 210-pound Randle is a good bet to lead New York in 2014 touchdown catches.

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The Giants plan to rely less on option routes under new OC Ben McAdoo.

Old OC Kevin Gilbride's scheme employed heavy option-route concepts, which led to frequent miscommunications between Rueben Randle and Eli Manning, and discouragement with Randle among the coaching staff. (Randle was the intended target on a team-high eight of Eli's interceptions.) Beat writer Art Stapleton believes fewer option routes "should help" Randle. Despite mixed offseason indications, we like Randle's chances of breaking out as the best red-zone weapon and highest-ceiling wideout on the Giants' roster.

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Victor Cruz is the latest member of the Giants' organization to hint this offseason that the team isn't sold on Rueben Randle as its answer at X receiver.

Giants GM Jerry Reese said at the Combine that the "jury is still out" on Randle, while ex-OC Kevin Gilbride stated in mid-April that the Giants need to "get somebody that's going to be productive for them as an outside receiver," which is Randle's position. "[A big-play receiver] is something we need in this offense to be successful," stated Cruz. Cruz suggested the Giants acquiring Mike Evans in the draft. "If I had my choice, if I had my pick, I think I'd go receiver," said Cruz. "I think we should go receiver."

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New OC Ben McAdoo has been handed complete control of the Giants offense.

McAdoo is installing a West Coast scheme very similar to the one he learned and ran in Green Bay. It means a lot more quick-hitting, timing routes and less of the read-react, vertical stuff Kevin Gilbride preferred. The system change is good news for Rueben Randle, who has gobs of natural talent but has often struggled to get on the same page with Eli Manning. McAdoo's scheme features defined routes.

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Ex-Giants OC Kevin Gilbride may have hinted on PFT Live Monday that he left the team not sold on Rueben Randle.

It's worth noting GM Jerry Reese stated at the Combine that the "jury is still out" on Randle, and that he's not sure whether Randle is a No. 1, 2, or 3-caliber receiver. Gilbride told PFT that the Giants need to "get somebody that's going to be productive for them as an outside receiver. Victor Cruz is terrific, but they need somebody that when they go match up, bump and run (and) go win." We'll find out more about the Giants' faith (or lack thereof) in Randle via the draft.