Tom Coughlin told the media something Thursday afternoon that he has yet to share with Rueben Randle.

With Victor Cruz still unsigned and Hakeem Nicks’ lingering absence from off-season training activities, the Giants are watching closely to see if Randle finally is poised to seize the spotlight and step up.

And from what Coughlin has seen, so far, so good, for the second-year, second-round pick, who was knocked by some outside the organization last season for his lack of production despite being labeled as NFL-ready coming out of LSU.

"He’s moving in that direction," Coughlin said of Randle, who impressed on the outside with catches on a variety of routes while matched up against Prince Amukamara in practice. "He’s certainly had many opportunities. And if there’s a guy who really has a chance to step his game up, really show what he can do, it’s happening right now for Rueben."

Randle’s maturation is not easing the angst expressed by Coughlin regarding the continued no-shows of Cruz and Nicks for the voluntary workouts at the team’s Timex Performance Center facility.

While Cruz is staying away because of the ongoing negotiation between his representatives and the Giants for a long-term contract, it’s believed Nicks is not in attendance for personal reasons that have nothing to do with his desire for a new deal.

Nicks is in the last year of his four-year rookie contract and will be a free agent in 2014.

The Giants are not commenting specifically about Nicks and why he is not at Timex after he had participated in the team’s off-season training program, which began last month. That did not stop Coughlin from again expressing his displeasure with having to answer questions about why Nicks is not practicing, even though he is not contractually obligated to do so.