Rueben Randle dismisses Cris Collinsworth criticism


Rueben Randle isn't sure what Cris Collinsworth is talking about.

During NBC's Sunday night broadcast of the New York Giants' 19-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Collinsworth said Randle's work ethic has "been questioned a bit with the Giants." He added the team is hoping the rookie wide receiver grows up and starts becoming more of a pro.

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Randle, the Giants' second-round pick in April's NFL draft, has only one catch for 4 yards this season, but he doesn't believe effort or maturity has anything to do with with lack of production.

"As a rookie, you come in and you're going to struggle," Randle said Wednesday, via the New York Daily News. "My job here is just to continue to work hard, gain the trust of my teammates and the coaching staff and take advantage of the opportunities that they give me."

Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Randle is "working hard." He dismissed Collinsworth's criticism in a very Tom Coughlin way: "I'm not paying attention to someone else's opinion."

Randle could have an opportunity to change the narrative Sunday. Ramses Barden was diagnosed with a concussion Tuesday, and Hakeem Nicks didn't practice Wednesday because of knee troubles.

The Giants are going to need somebody to catch the ball against the Cleveland Browns. Perhaps this is Randle's chance to tell Collinsworth to put a sock in it.

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