In the opinion of former LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle, his time with the New York Giants can be summed up as an unfortunate situation.
Now that the former SEC champion and 2012 second-round draft pick has found a new home with the Philadelphia Eagles, he was willing to open up a bit about a rocky four-year stint with his new team’s NFC East rival.
Randle told Philly.com that his time on the Giants offense alongside fellow former LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. and former Ole Miss QB Eli Manning was a matter of the Giants misjudging his personality.
“Unfortunate situation. Things happen, you’ve got to move on,” Randle said. “Miscommunication … They didn’t like my demeanor and some things … I was just judged wrong, read wrong. I gotta do better by that, learn from my mistakes … try to move forward here.”
The personality clash with former Giants coach Tom Coughlin led to the occasional benching during his time in New York, though he is listed as appearing in all 64 Giants games during his time with the team.
To the casual observer, Randle’s demeanor could sometimes portray disinterest. He insists that was not the case.
“It kind of (seemed) like I was out of it, at some times. I’m just a laid-back guy,” Randle said to Philly.com. “It doesn’t mean that I’m out of it, or things like that. I wasn’t really trying to do anything (insubordinate). I just gotta move on from it.”
Randle’s NFL production has been somewhat up-and-down. He has yet to notch a 1,000 yard season, but his best year with the Giants was a 71-catch, 938-yard performance in 2014 that offered fans a glimpse of the 25-year-old’s NFL potential.
Randle, who had his gallbladder removed this offseason, is expected to compete with Nelson Agholor and Chris Givens to lineup opposite former Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews in new Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson’s revamped Eagles offense.