For running back David Wilson, his rookie season got off to a rather rough start. In his first NFL game he coughed up a costly fumble and promptly found himself relegated to the bench. From there, it was a long climb out of the doghouse of New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, but injuries and determination eventually paved the way for more playing time. And the youngster made the most of it, opening up eyes across the league with his blazing speed and surprising toughness.
On Thursday, during an interview on WFAN radio, General Manager Jerry Reese praised his 2012 first-round pick and said he believes Wilson could eventually be the Giants' feature back.
"I don’t think there’s any question that he can be that," Reese said. "It’s a two and three-back league nowadays, but do I think he can be a lead dog, I do think that. Because David is not a little guy, and he has incredible balance. You see guys have some big hits on him and he stays up; he’s not an easy guy to take down. So he’s much stronger than you might think just from how he looks on the field. He’s a sleek, well-chiseled athlete, but I do believe he can be the lead back."
Wilson would finish the 2012 season with 358 yards on 71 carries (5.0 ypc) and four rushing touchdowns. And although those numbers were far removed from the goals he had set for himself, the rookie added 34 yards receiving and one touchdown through the air, and a franchise-record 1,533 kickoff return yards, which also included a touchdown. His 327 all-purpose yards performance in week 14 against the New Orleans Saints was also a franchise record.
With Ahmad Bradshaw uncertain about his future, and Andre Brown working his way back from a devastating injury, Wilson does appear to be in a good position to assume the starting role. If nothing else, he'll certainly enter training camp – which will be held at the TIMEX Performance Center – with a fair chance to win the job.
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