The Sunday before, NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth had mentioned on air that the Giants organization was disappointed in their second-round draft pick’s work ethic. Network analysts like Collinsworth usually don’t make stuff up out of thin air; it seemed likely that this tidbit was leaked to him deliberately in a pregame production meeting by a high-ranking coach or player.
This was all pointedly confirmed in Wednesday’s New York Post by Victor Cruz, who channeled his inner Bull Durham manager and said Randle couldn’t continue to “lollygag.”
Eli Manning was a little gentler but hit the same notes, saying, “He’s young and he’s trying to figure out what it takes to compete and get mentally and physically ready for upcoming games.”
So I asked Randle about the whole thing, and his response was pretty generic: “It takes a lot to bother me. I just stay focused, and control what I can control.”
For the entirety of our three-minute interview, Randle stood with his arms folded across his chest, looking down and making solid eye contact with me with minimal gesticulation or voice modulation. It actually did seem like it would take a lot bother him; his affect in the interview was languid, much like his manner on the field.