On Friday afternoon, Giants general manager Jerry Reese confirmed on Colin Cowherd's ESPN radio show that Wilson will be the featured back and starting for the Giants on Saturday night when they take on the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
"We expect [Wilson] to be our starter, and be in the backfield with Andre Brown, who had a terrific season going last year until he got hurt," Reese said. "[Brown's] had the injury bug a little bit since he’s been in the league. But if he can stay healthy, and David Wilson comes on like we expect him too, we think we can have a pretty dynamic backfield."
Wilson played in all 16 games for the Giants last year but only started in two of them. In his limited time at running back for the team, he had 71 carries for 358 yards and four touchdowns for the Giants, but that was with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brown getting the majority of the carries on the field. Now that Bradshaw is gone, it will be Wilson and Brown getting the bulk of the carries, with Wilson taking Bradshaw's share, which likely will be a lot.
In the preseason thus far, it's been pretty even between the two running backs, as Wilson has amounted for 13 carries for 50 yards while Brown has 12 carries for 59 yards. Even though Wilson is being given the nod of starter, it still doesn't change what Brown will give to the Giants.
Brown will still get opportunities to be a third down and short-yardage back and the goal-line back when the Giants are on the verge of scoring from close range. The 26-year-old Brown finally caught his break with the Giants in 2012 taking over the role that Brandon Jacobs left as the short-yardage back; as he had 73 carries for 358 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 games before suffering a broken leg against the Green Bay Packers, which landed him on season-ending injured reserve.
Wilson was the team's first round draft pick back in the 2012 NFL Draft and really caught the eye of everyone in the league during the Giants 52-27 defeat of the New Orleans Saints when Wilson had 13 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns to go along with four kick returns for 227 yards and a touchdown. Wilson had a 97-yard kickoff for a touchdown, a play that everyone got to see Wilson's breakaway speed and just how exciting of a talent he is when he is in open space. Wilson also had touchdown runs of six yards and 52 yards in that game.
All eyes will be on Wilson this season to see how he handles being the teams' featured running back and if he can handle the full workload in 2013.
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