It isn’t often that a rookie who hasn’t even played in a regular-season game is giving advice to established starts like Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. But that’s what Rueben Randle was able to do this week.
Randle not only played against Cowboys rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne in practice each day at LSU, but the two players were close friends and even roommates during part of their freshman year. So Randle was able to pass along a few tips on Claiborne’s techniques and styles.
“I told them he likes to hit them a lot, so just be prepared for that,” Randle said. “You have to get his hands off you because once he gets his hands on you, he can control you. So that's what I remember coming from the practice field. You have to get him to open up his hips, because if he gets comfortable, he's going to be able to break and run with you.”
Randle also warned his new teammates not to be caught up by the size of his former teammate (Claiborne is listed at 5-11, 185.
“Yeah, he’s strong,” Randle said. “He may not look like it, he may look skinny, but he has pretty big arms for his size, and they’re very long. So (that’s) just coming from experience and knowing what he’s capable of doing.”