The New York Giants made David Wilson the 32nd pick in the 2012 NFL draft hoping he could replace the production lost by Brandon Jacobs. They also hope he can add a dimension to the offense they haven’t had in a few seasons; a home run threat at runningback.
Well if his first preseason action is any indication, the Giants could have a lightning rod on their hands.
No, he did not break off a 90 plus-yard run like Da’Rel Scott did in last year’s preseason, but in the action he did see he looked very sharp. He gets in an out of his breaks quickly and definitely showed elite speed. In the carries he had against Jacksonville’s backups, he made them look like amateurs. His reputation of being a hard-nosed runner definitely precedes him.
When the Giants named Wilson the second string back behind Ahmad Bradshaw on the unofficial depth chart for this game, it was surprising to say the least. Though Wilson had absolutely been impressive in camp, the thinking was Tom Coughlin preferred D.J. Ware‘s experience, at least for the time being.
Collectively the Giants ran the ball effectively, which is encouraging for the offense that ranked last in that category in 2011. Yes, it was against the lowly Jaguars, but they actually have a solid defense. It is on offense where they need some serious work.
Wilson needs to step in and be the guy everyone in the organization expects him to be. I believe we’ve seen the ceiling for Ware’s potential, but the sky is the limit for Wilson.
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