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Former Giants’ RB Tiki Barber on David Wilson: He is as Dynamic a Player the Team Ever Had

June 26th, 2013 at 6:47 PM
By Douglas Rush

Tiki Barber will always go down as perhaps one of the greatest offensive players in New York Giants' history, especially since he is their all-time leading rusher with 10,449 yards, second in team history with 586 receptions and scored 55 touchdowns. But, while attending the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic this week, the retired Giants running back spoke extremely high of another Giant running back who could be seen as someone with a similar playing style like Barber had: current starter David Wilson.

“He is as dynamic a player at that position that the Giants have ever had,” Barber said this week at the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic. “So it is just a matter of him learning those little intricacies of what it takes to be great.” 

Wilson will be taking over for the departed Ahmad Bradshaw, who was released from the Giants back in February after six seasons with the team. In Bradshaw's rookie season of 2007, he was one of two players who ended up replacing Barber when he retired from the NFL after the 2006 season after nine years in the league, all with the Giants.

Despite being the team's leading rusher in  history, Barber thinks Wilson is more dynamic than he ever was because of the breakaway speed the second-year running back possesses.

“Oh yeah,” Barber said. “I wasn’t fast. I was quick, I was elusive, I had good vision but I didn’t have breakaway speed like he does. I wasn’t the athlete like he is. I worked hard to get where I was. As long as he doesn’t take that for granted and works hard on top of it, he can be fantastic.” 

In Wilson's rookie season of 2012, he had 71 carries for 358 yards and four touchdowns. Wilson's breakout performance was back in Week 14 on December 9; where Wilson had 13 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns and four kickoff returns for 227 yards and a touchdown in the Giants 52-27 route over the New Orleans Saints.

Wilson will split carries in the offense with Andre Brown in the upcoming 2013 season.

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