With Victor Cruz's contract snafu, and Hakeem Nicks' holdout that really wasn't a holdout, doors have been opening left and right for second-year wide receiver Rueben Randle.
Drafted out of LSU in the second round of 2012's NFL Draft, Randle had some flashes during his rookie campaign, highlighted by his performance in Week 17 against division rival Philadelphia, where Randle hauled in four receptions for 58 yards and 2 TDs.
According to Giants.com, Randle is looking to have an expanded role this season, and thanks to Nicks' tight groin, he will be able to continue his work with the first team.
Coming in to camp at 6-3 and 210 pounds, it appears as though Randle is finally ready to be a red zone threat for Big Blue.
Randle is proving to be quite the steal in fantasy leagues this year, and can make a perfect bench WR in the later rounds, allowing owners to stock up on positions with far less value, like RB. Randle can be had for cheap, too -- really cheap.
His average draft position on NFL.com is 150.69, or, the 16th round. It's more of the same on ESPN.com, which has Randle going 151.7, or, undrafted.
The other wideouts going right around the same ADP don't hold nearly as much potential as Randle. Stedman Bailey, from St. Louis? Terrance Williams from Dallas? Even the still-unsigned Brandon Lloyd? Those are just three of the names that surround Randle's in drafts.
With Eli Manning's leadership in making new wide receiver's stars, and Victor Cruz ready to take over the slot role once again, there is a good shot that Randle can have a huge breakout in his sophomore season, and even if he doesn't rack up over 1,000 yards, or break the century mark for receptions, Randle is almost a lock for five or six trips to the end zone.
With Randle going so late on draft day, there is almost nothing to lose. Right before you start looking at your kicker and defense in those final two rounds, slot Randle in right before, and hope that by Week 4 or 5, you either have a gem on your hands, or possible trade bait to stock up on some more talent.
Regardless, Randle is worth a late-round flier.