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Rueben Randle, Mario Manningham and the Giants Passing Game

Mario Manningham is now a 49er, but before he departed, he did do something pretty memorable:

Now, that’s pretty. But what happened? Enter Matt Bowen:

So Manningham is the “X’ Receiver. Cruz and Nicks are on the left side. Manningham has to beat the corner, and then has the safety to worry about. The play happens, in large part, because of a perfect pass from Eli and a mis-read by safety Patrick Chung. But Manningham has to get there and make the catch and stay in bounds.

For all intents and purposes, Reuben Randle is replacing Mario Manningham. Of course, Randle is not going to do everything Manningham did; they’re not the same player. But the basis is going to be the same.

So one route Randle is going to have to run is the “9”, or “fade” route, against Cover 2. But that’s not the only route he’s going to run.

Here, Randle is running an “8” or “post” route against Cover 4:

As Bowen notes, Randle isn’t without flaws. On this play, Randle makes it look easy, but it’s going to be harder on Sundays. As Bowen says:

– 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.

So Randle needs technique work, which is not unsurprising. He’ll get a crash course in wide receiver technique starting with OTA’s, and he has some pretty good guys in Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz to learn from. One of the main routes he’s going to run is that “9” route. He’ll be expected to make that, just like Manningham did. The Giants can incorporate his prowess on the “8” route. But, replacing Manningham is what Randle is here to do. And that “9” route will be his bread and butter. How he handles it will be interesting to see.

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2 Responses to “Rueben Randle, Mario Manningham and the Giants Passing Game”

  1. Big Daddy says:

    To add to that is the catching of that pass with his body. He cradles his arms and catches the pass inside that cradle he makes for it. You have to get the ball at the highest peak otherwise the DBs in the NFL will bat the ball away.

    He will learn this or end up being ineffective. Nicks is excellent at that and uses the proper technique with his hands, as does Cruz.

    Sometimes it’s OK to catch the ball like that but most times he’s going to have a DB all over him. He has to use his height and arm length to get the ball.

    I am hoping he can make this adjustment to the NFL quickly. I have seen him use the proper technique so he knows it, my guess is he just got too comfortable doing it that way.

  2. Big Daddy says:

    On review that was pass interference on the Pats against Manningham.

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