Practice report: Randle puts on show

July, 29, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants coaches have been raving all offseason long about Rueben Randle and his progress.

On Monday, Randle looked outstanding, making several impressive catches. He waged a battle with cornerback Prince Amukamara, who also impressed Tom Coughlin with his competitive spirit.

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Jim O'Connor/USA TODAY SportsRueben Randle has one of the early starts in Giants camp.
Randle first caught a pass over the middle from Eli Manning and basically used his body to shield the ball away from Amukamara in 11-on-11's. Randle followed that up with a nice catch on the sideline with Amukamara at his back.

Then came the highlight of the day. Given a ton of time to throw in the non-contact 11-on-11 drill, Manning launched a 50-yard bomb for Randle, who got behind both Corey Webster and Antrel Rolle. Randle still had to make an impressive over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone and held on, garnering a roar from the crowd.

Randle added another leaping grab over the middle in red zone work for a touchdown. The scary thing is, he could've had two more big plays, but he dropped a beautiful deep sideline pass from Manning with Amukamara again in coverage and had another pass in the corner of the end zone batted away by a defender.

Randle seemed to take advantage of Hakeem Nicks being limited in practice. Nicks experienced tightness in his groin Sunday, and took a few snaps in 11-on-11 drills on Monday but otherwise was limited again.

The key will be seeing if Randle can keep this up. He's set to be the third receiver, and could play an even bigger role if Nicks' health becomes an issue again.

Pick city: Randle's catches actually overshadowed a strong day by the defensive secondary. Coordinator Perry Fewell screamed with delight as the Giants intercepted five passes on the day. Every quarterback besides Manning threw at least one pick.

Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter threw two interceptions apiece, and David Carr threw one.

Jayron Hosley, who has been working with the third-team defense, intercepted Painter in seven-on-seven drills. Laron Scott picked off a deflected pass from Nassib in seven-on-seven. Safety Tyler Sash made a diving interception off Painter and Aaron Ross had a pick-six off Carr.

Junior Mertile added the final interception of the day, off Nassib in the end zone in red zone practice.

Flashes: LB Jacquian Williams had an active practice, knocking down two passes. … Rookie DE Damontre Moore continued to impress with his second-team snaps. He had one nice inside move and showed good push against a running play. … RB David Wilson flashed his speed and agility on a few runs. … Rookie Justin Pugh, working with the second team at right tackle, had a nice pull block. … Jerrel Jernigan drew applause from fans on a couple of nice punt returns. … Victor Cruz dropped a short pass but still got a lot of love from the fans.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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