Has Rueben Randle proven anything to his new team?
Since joining the Eagles this offseason, Randle has been trying to earn a starting role. He still has a lot to prove, and and he’s well aware of that fact.
After leaving the Giants last season, the wide receiver signed with Philadelphia in free agency. He thinks that he wasn’t given a better chance by other teams due to critiques in his work ethic and consistency.
“I feel like I get read wrong because I do a lot of things naturally and it doesn’t seem like I’m giving much effort,” Randle said to ESPN.
“If I go out there and make a one-handed catch and make it look effortless, I get praised for it, but if I do all these other things effortlessly, it’s like I’m not giving much effort.”
Jordan Matthews, who led the Eagles’ receivers in every category last season, has been out with a bone bruise. Randle is among a group of receivers that are competing for a starting spot on the roster. He has three catches so far in two quick preseason appearances. Last season in New York, he totaled eight touchdown passes.
The Eagles expect Matthews to be back for the season opener, so the other receivers have a couple weeks to make an impression.
“If I didn’t [feel confident], I shouldn’t be here,” Randle said. “We all should feel confident in where we are. We just have to go out and prove ourselves.”
Randle should get a chance to do just that in Philadelphia.