David Wilson enters 2013 with the starting job essentially his to lose. And although he's bound to split carries with Andre Brown, he's showed enough improvement after only one season in the NFL to become the lead dog for the New York Giants. However, despite what offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride calls "significant growth," there are still some concerns over his blocking ability.
"You see a guy like David Wilson, who started with no clue on who to block, much less how to block, to a pretty good understanding of what it is that he has to do," Gilbride said. "Now it is a matter of doing it. And it is a matter of getting better at it. He is still not 100 percent."
Head coach Tom Coughlin faced endless criticism (primarily from fans) in 2012 for not utilizing Wilson enough, but his blocking ability had been suspect from the onset. And while his performance in practice improved drastically as the year wore on, there were still times on the field where Wilson appeared to be confused and unsure of who to block.
"He still makes mistakes but there has certainly been some significant [growth]," Gilbride added. "Now until you get the pads on -– and he has to show that he, as a smaller guy, can do the things necessary that other small backs in this league have done –- you are still kind of holding your breath when you see him."
It will be imperative for Wilson to improve his blocking ability if he wishes to hang onto the No. 1 role. The Giants pride themselves on the blocking ability of their running backs and each are expected to know their assignments to perfection and execute them accordingly. After all, it's quarterback Eli Manning's health that hangs in the balance.
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