How was wide receiver Rueben Randle stock affected by his first performance in the preseason?
On the surface, Randle did not have a bad game. He was targeted just two times, but caught both of his passes, resulting in 16 yards. However, everything surrounding his play points to Randle having ways to go to make the roster in Chicago.
In terms of wide receiver groupings, Randle was on the third team. Kevin White, Cameron Meredith and Kendall Wright comprised the first team. Deonte Thompson, Josh Bellamy, and Victor Cruz were all ahead of Randle as well. Markus Wheaton was injured and missed the game, so it is safe to say that seven wide receivers are currently ahead of Randle.
Randle caught both of his passes, but he could have used them to make a bigger impact. Randle caught a nine-yard reception from the ten-yard line. He was forced out of bounds immediately. It was a tough play on the sidelines, and he would have to had to contort his body and put his head down, but he could have scored on that play. He also could have tried to stretch the ball out farther. A two catch for 19 yards and a touchdown stat line would be much more glorified than a two catch, 18-yard yawner.
It is a small bone to pick, but these are the differences between making the roster and looking for work in September for a player like Randle. He had his chance, he did not take advantage and he will have to hope for another chance like that in week two.