The New York Giants waited a month for second-round draft pick Rueben Randle to make an impact.
Randle -- who entered Week 5 with one reception all season -- stepped up during the Giants' 41-27 win over the Cleveland Browns with six catches for 82 yards.
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NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth had said a week earlier that the Giants were privately unhappy with the rookie's work ethic. Did Collinsworth's words motivate Randle?
"All we worry about it is what is going on inside the building," Randle said Sunday, via Insidefootball.com. "What is said on the outside can't really affect us. We are one team and as long as we know what is going on around here I think that's all that matters."
Randle instead credited Eli Manning for having him prepared against the Browns. The quarterback and wide receiver met privately going over what they might see.
"We went in there and watched a lot of their blitzes and third down things like that just to be on the same page," Randle said.
Sunday represented a big leap forward for the rookie.
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