EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With Hakeem Nicks in Indianapolis, rookie Odell Beckham Jr. already nursing a hamstring injury and uncertainty at tight end, the New York Giants are going to need Rueben Randle to step up -- and the third-year wide receiver says he is ready for the challenge.
"I don't know about [feeling more] pressure, but there's a lot more responsibility on me, and I have to go out there and prove myself, that I'm willing to go out there and make those plays and take those reps and learn from last year," Randle said Friday, before practice.
"This is what I've been waiting for. I'm ready for more opportunities, and with more opportunities comes more plays to be made."
Randle, 23, showed flashes of being a playmaking wideout in 2013, hauling in 41 receptions for 611 yards and six touchdowns. Still, eight of Eli Manning's 27 interceptions were intended for Randle. Miscommunication between the two was a major problem.
"It's about making sure we're on the same page," Randle said.
Fellow receiver Victor Cruz said Randle looks more "locked in" during training camp.
"I'm definitely getting more comfortable going into my third year," Randle said. "And I think that comes with time. You get your feet set and you go out there and play a lot faster and have that confidence in your teammates around you, and they have that confidence back in you. I think that's gonna be key for me this year."
Randle believes the team's new West Coast offense under new coordinator Ben McAdoo will suit him well. While many of the plays are designed to get the ball to the receivers quickly, Randle expects the Giants will stretch the field, which excites him.
He thinks that the offense could go up-tempo/no-huddle in Sunday night's preseason opener against the Buffalo Bills in Canton, Ohio.
"We've worked on it a lot. It's what we're prepared to do," he said.
Randle tweaked a hamstring earlier this week in practice, but says he's fine.
Randle, though, knows he can't just talk his way to a good season. He has to show it on the field.
"I'm confident in my ability. It's going to be up to me to go out there and get the job done," he said. "It's as simple as that. I don't want to add any more pressure on myself. I've just gotta go out there and play football."