Following the New York Giants’ ninth OTA on Thursday, head coach Tom Coughlin was asked about the progress made by the new offense that’s being installed under the direction of offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
“Progress is slow but steady,” he said. “Some days, of course, are better than others, but, you know, we’re getting there. There are a lot of things that have to be converted for the guys who have been here and the new people who have not been in a system such as this. You’ve got a lot to learn. It’s a work in progress.”
Wide receiver Rueben Randle is one of the returning players who is in the process of converting to McAdoo’s West Coast offense.
“Even though we’re picking up on it pretty well, there’s still a lot we could work on and get better at,” Randle said, noting that one of the hardest changes in mastering the new terminology.
Though there is a learning curve that is far from being over, Randle said that the adjustment is also exciting because McAdoo is putting players in a position to make plays.
“It frees me up a lot. Just go out there and do what I do, just create separation and make plays,” he said.
“I have to really focus on reading than looking all over the field, just running routes. I think we’re all happy to be a part of that type of offense.”
Working in an offense that allows him to feel more free has made the wide receiver position somewhat simpler for Randle. “Everything is pretty much black and white,” he said.
He also added that there are not as many reads in the new offense, something that should make things easier.
“When you can go out there and maintain that focus on one specific thing, it allows you to go out there and play a lot faster,” he said.
“That’s what we’re doing here. I think that’s going to be key for us pushing forward to make more plays.”
This year, Randle has a chance to step up and fill the void that was created when Hakeem Nicks signed with the Colts in March.
“I just have to make plays,” Randle said when asked what he needs to show the coaches in order to gain the coaches’ trust.
“I don’t want to put any more pressure on myself or make it difficult or anything like that, just go out there and prove myself and that’s what I’m trying to do.”