Two weeks ago, Randle sat out the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and revealed afterwards that he had been late to a team meeting two days before. This time around, Randle wasn't as forthcoming.
"Coach said he's gonna answer that, so I'm gonna leave it up to him to answer that," Randle said.
"That's between Rueben and I," coach Tom Coughlin said.
Preston Parker, Kevin Ogletree and even Corey Washington saw action at wide receiver before Randle did Sunday. Parker was out of the NFL last season, Ogletree was out of the league until the Giants signed him in mid-October, and Washington is an undrafted rookie out of Newberry College.
Randle was a second-round draft pick out of LSU in 2012 -- a big-time prospect who appears to be rapidly falling out of favor in his third season with the team, although Randle hasn't fallen behind Parker and Ogletree on the depth chart, according to Coughlin.
"No, I think they all mix in and play," Coughlin said. "Parker's played steadily since the beginning of the year. Ogletree's had a chance to work his way in this week and did a pretty good job, so the more people you have, the better."
Once Randle did enter the game Sunday, he dropped the first two passes thrown his way -- the second of which came on a third-and-7 at the Washington 46-yard line, a ball that went right through his hands.
Randle said his benching had nothing to do with the drops. "They're just plays I have to make," Randle said. "That's it. No frustration."
Things did get better. In the fourth quarter, with the Giants facing a third-and-8 at the Redskins' 24, Randle made a tough catch over the middle for an 18-yard gain, setting up the touchdown that sealed the victory. He also had another catch, for 12 yards.
But that was it. Four targets, two catches, 30 yards, from a player the Giants expected big things from this season, elevating him to a starting role after the departure of Hakeem Nicks.
Randle said he's not worried about his relationship with Coughlin or his future with the Giants. "No, everything's fine," he said.
But things aren't fine, really. And you have to wonder if Randle's tenure with the Giants is coming to a close.
"Yeah, you don’t like to see that. You don’t like to see your starting receiver get in trouble," quarterback Eli Manning said. "It can throw off the rhythm of things."