For rookie running back David Wilson, year one of his NFL career hasn't gone exactly as he had planned. He was benched in the opening game of the season after coughing up a fumble to the Dallas Cowboys, and promptly found himself in the dog house of New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.
Anyone that has ever been there would tell you it's not a good place to be, but Wilson took it in stride and continued to work hard in practice. He never complained, and just went about his business. Now, as we enter week 14 of the season, Coughlin is beginning to change his tune a bit. Not only has Wilson seen an increased workload (as a result of the injury to Andre Brown), but the coach recently offered some unprecedented praise of the youngster.
"He runs hard," Coughlin said on Thursday. "He ran hard and he showed that he can go in there and play, there’s no question about that. He has learned, he has developed. We need that. We need to be able to count on a number of backs this time of year and really at any time."
When asked if Wilson's assignments were on point, Coughlin said "they were."
The biggest concern for Wilson has been learning a pro-style offense as complex as the Giants' after coming out of a very simple college system. Whether it was in practice or in the game, coaches needed to feel comfortable with Wilson and his ability to not only run the ball, but pick up blitzes and protect quarterback Eli Manning.
Expect to see more and more of Wilson as he becomes more familiar with the offensive scheme and his assignments.
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