It was the end of a disappointing season for the Giants but it appears to have been the beginning of a promising second year for wide receiver Rueben Randle.

The Giants defeated Philadelphia in their season-finale a year ago but it wasn’t enough to earn them a playoff berth. But it marked a breakout game for Randle who had four catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns.

The second-round pick out of LSU who finished with 19 receptions for 298 yards and three touchdowns last season has used the game as a springboard to a productive offseason one in which he has learned the nuances of the offense and as a result has taken his talents to another level.

“He has an understanding of our offense” said quarterback Eli Manning who hopes to connect with Randle tonight in the Giants preseason opener in Pittsburgh. “He has always had natural ability.