Wide receiver Rueben Randle works out at the Giants' rookie...

Wide receiver Rueben Randle works out at the Giants' rookie minicamp at the Timex Performance Center in East Rutherford, N.J. (May 11, 2012) Credit: Getty

Rueben Randle was one of the players who made a quick impression on Tom Coughlin this morning. But what about the offensive coordinator? Kevin Gilbride was asked about his new wide receiver during a brief media session after the afternoon workout.

“He looks smooth,” Gilbride said of the second-round pick. “He’s obviously thinking, so you don’t see the explosiveness we hope to see down the road. But in terms of going deep and going down the field he looked pretty good and did the things that we thought we needed him to which is go catch the ball when we threw it to him.”

We’ve all heard the term “NFL-ready” in regards to Randle. Is he? And where can he fit into the offense?

“What you see on film, it looks like you have a receiver who is capable of making some deep catches, running by some people,” Gilrbide said. “As you’ve seen us unfold with those other two guys (Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz), they’re intermediate. Certainly Hakeem can go deep but you need that third component so that when people start skewing over and clamping down on Cruz and Nicks you have a guy who, if it’s one-on-one, has the ability to get over the top and hurt people like (Mario) Manningham did. Whether it’s J.J. Jernigan or Ramses Barden or Rueben Randle, we need someone to be able to do that. He looks, between his size and what looks like the speed he has on film, that he has the potential to do that. I have my fingers crossed. Hopefully somebody does.”

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