Wide receiver Rueben Randle officially signed his one-year contract with the Eagles on Friday. Here's three reasons why he decided to join Philadelphia after spending the first four years of his NFL career with the New York Giants.
"I know they're a great organization. The fans are very passionate about the team. It's going to be exciting for me to join this organization, hopefully bring some big-play ability to it," said Randle, who has scored 20 touchdowns in his career.
Randle talked with nose tackle Bennie Logan about what Philadelphia was like. The two were previously teammates at LSU. Logan said that the Eagles' front office takes care of the players and joked that there weren't enough LSU players on the roster.
Randle passed up multi-year deals from other teams because he felt Philadelphia provided the best chance for success.
"I felt like it was a better opportunity for me here to showcase my talents on a one-year deal to go out there and prove myself," Randle said. "It's a new start for everyone, new coaching staff, new start for me as well."
Even though the 6-2, 208-pound Randle is only 24 years old, he along with another new addition in Chris Givens are the most experienced receivers on the team.
"I can come out here and help those guys be better players. It's not all about me," Randle said. "I'm willing to help my teammates out and get those guys better as well so with my veteran presence I can lead the group a little bit and maybe get some things started here in the receiving corps."
Randle is also itching at the chance to play in the postseason, something that he did not experience with the Giants.
"I'm ready and willing to help this team start fresh and make some playoff runs here in the future," Randle said.
3. The Chance To Potentially Start
Randle started all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2015. He expects to do so again now with the Eagles.
"I feel confident that I will be," Randle said when asked if he will be a starter. "It's up for me to go out there and prove it."