Rueben Randle: 6 TDs in last 6 games for Giants

November 24 [Sun], 2013, 7:40

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)

When it comes to getting into the end zone, there is no one on

the New York Giants better than Rueben Randle.

The second-year wide receiver has caught six touchdown passes in

the last six games to take over the team lead. No other receiver

has caught a TD in that span.

Victor Cruz caught the last of his four touchdowns on Sept. 29,

and Hakeem Nicks is still looking for his first of the season

heading into the Giants' must-win game against the Dallas Cowboys

(5-5) on Sunday.

New York (4-6) will be looking for its fifth straight win, a

feat that would tie it with Tennessee as the only teams in NFL

history to lose their first six games and win the next five.

Randle's role might even be more important this weekend because

Nicks has been limited in practice by an abdominal injury that he

says has bothered him all season. The fifth-year player who is in

the final year of his contract insists he will play in the biggest

game of the season.

Randle, though, has been the one making the plays.

''I am just going out there and playing fast,'' Randle said

Friday. ''I am using my abilities and I am making plays.''

Randle got his last touchdown on Sunday on a 26-yard play over

the middle on which he broke a tackle around the 10-yard line.

Randle's other touchdowns have covered 26, 6, 37, 24 and 5 yards.

His totals for the season are 29 catches for 460 yards, a 15.9-yard

average.

Cruz leads the team with 58 catches for 824 yards, a 14.2-yard

average

Quarterback Eli Manning said he isn't looking for Randle,

although it's easier to go to him with Cruz being guarded by two

players most of the time.

''It depends on what the defenses are doing,'' Manning said

Friday after holding his weekly meeting with his receivers. ''I

think he has made some plays. They all haven't been (in) the red

zone. I'm trying to think of them all. I hit him on a fade. Last

week was an in-breaking route. He has just made some big plays and

it's been against all different coverages, all different things. He

has done a good job getting open.''

Randle's performance this season might not be so good for Nicks

in his walk year. He has proven he can play while Nicks has

struggled at time despite making 42 catches for 620 yards, a

14.8-yard average.

Coach Tom Coughlin said Randle is making the most of his

chances.

''By design, there are opportunities according to coverage where

that particular player from that position becomes the feature on

that play, and he's done a good job with it,'' Coughlin said.

''He's responded. He's looked good in practice and he's had those

opportunities. We've seen him go up high and get them, and we've

seen him catch them over his shoulder, so we've seen him make a lot

of plays. Last week was an excellent adjustment and he and Eli were

on the same page.''

Cornerback Prince Amukamara isn't surprised with Randle's play.

He got to go against him in training camp and said he is rising on

the receiver scene. Randle is making plays outside the 20 and he

has all the attributes that make a good receiver in the red

zone.

''You need great hands. It's all about catching the ball in the

red zone, because all you need is a couple of yards,'' Amukamara

said. ''You don't need to be fast. All you have to do is catch the

ball. I say a tough red-zone guy would be one that plays the jump

ball well like a Dez Bryant, or a Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald

and Hakeem. All you have to do is establish position and catch the

ball and it's a touchdown.''

When Randle's name was mentioned Amukamara quickly nodded his

head in agreement.

''He's been so productive for us and he can definitely play the

ball,'' Amukamara said.

NOTES: CB Corey Webster has been ruled out for Sunday's game

with groin and ankle injuries. Nicks and RB Brandon Jacobs (knee)

are questionable. DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), FB John Conner

(hip) and CB Terrell Thomas (knee) and CB Trumaine McBride (hip)

are probable. ... Thomas gave the Cowboys some bulletin board

material Friday, guaranteeing a win on a SiriusXM NFL Radio

interview. ''We're gonna win this game. You can tell `em, put it on

the bulletin board, it doesn't matter because we have to win this

game. Our season is on the line right now,'' Thomas said.

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