When Ahmad Bradshaw was released from the New York Giants back in February, former first round draft pick David Wilson knew that he was being inserted immediately into the starting lineup for 2013 and seen as the team's new featured running back.
Despite being given the opportunity to shine for the Giants as their main back, Wilson had developed a special relationship with Bradshaw, looking to the seven-year veteran as a mentor and guide for him early on in his career and as he told Kieran Darcy of ESPN New York, Wilson wasn't quite happy when the Giants had to make the tough decision to release his mentor and friend in Bradshaw six months ago.
"It was mixed feelings, because we had a close relationship," Wilson said Friday. "You hate to see one of your friends go — not only a friend, but a mentor. But everybody has got to move on. The NFL is a business, and I was just happy to see him land on another team, and a team that’s got potential. I was also excited knowing that I would get the opportunity to step up and play a big role in this offense."
After a couple of months on the free agent market, Bradshaw finally landed a new home for the 2013 season; the same one that the Giants will face on Sunday night in their second preseason game of the summer in the Indianapolis Colts and will be their team's featured back in their up-and-coming offense ran by last year's number one pick and quarterback Andrew Luck.
Wilson mentioned on Friday at practice how he wasn't happy with his first performance of the summer last Saturday against the Pittsburgh Steelers where he had just five carries for 16 yards and two receptions for six yards with no touchdowns. Wilson is eager to get back onto the field and improve on what he called a lousy performance a week ago at Heinz Field.
"I can’t say I wasn’t happy with it. It’s kind of what I expected," Wilson said. "It was the first preseason game and we were going to come off the field with some things we need to correct. I think it was just good to have something on film and to go out there. Most people executed really well and some people were executing good enough, so you can go back and watch it on film and reevaluate and see what you need to fix and work on."
Even though Bradshaw will be at MetLife Stadium on Sunday night, he won't suit up and play against the Giants, as he was just activated off the PUP List due to the chronic foot injury that has bothered him throughout his career and the same one that kept him on the free agent market as long as it did. So while the "teacher vs student" running back matchup won't happen with Bradshaw and Wilson, the student will look to impress and continue to get better with each passing game.
"I still haven’t learned everything that the running back needs to do like a second nature. That’s the point I’m striving to get to, where I can be like, ‘Hold on. Eli, look at this,’ where I learn the offense that good that I can correct some things. And there have been running backs in this system that know it that well. And I’m just taking it one day at a time, trying to get better and better each week."
Wilson finished his rookie season with 71 carries for 358 yards and four touchdowns along with four catches for 34 yards and a touchdown, while Bradshaw finished his last year with the Giants with 221 carries for 1,015 yards and six touchdowns along with 23 catches for 245 yards.
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