Like we did with David Wilson, we’ll look at how Matt Bowen broke down Rueben Randle.
Here’s the video:
And here’s what Bowen had to say:
- A Cover 4 beater. Use the “Wheel” concept from the No.2 WR to the closed (strong) side of the formation to create leverage vs. the CB on an inside breaking route. With the SS pushing to the “Wheel”, Randle now has inside position on a ball throw back inside of the numbers.
- Straight route stem from Randle because of his pre-snap alignment (bottom of the numbers). That sells at the college level when you have this matchup outside of the numbers and the inside leverage on the CB, but Randle will have to use more than the slight “head fake” to the outside vs. NFL DBs.
- The separation speed is what stands out on this play. Randle forces the UNC CB to open his hips (and “step in the bucket”) because of how quickly he eats up his cushion (distance between WR and DB). And while the LSU product will see much better technique on Sundays outside of the numbers, this is still a solid example of vertical speed for pro scouts to check out.
Cover 4, we’re talking quarters coverage. Big play from Randle. Bowen wants Randle to clean up his technique, which I think Randle will have to do. I can imagine Randle running this concept with Cruz screaming down the slot and causing a lot of confusion, especially from the safeties. Randle, as Bowen notes, is gong to see better corners, and I wonder, basing off the fact that Randle came from a run-heavy offense, if he’s going to need a little time before he makes an impact. But, obviously, as you can see, the physical skills are there. We’ll see how the Giants integrate him, but I think this route shows what he can do.