New York Giants rookie RB David Wilson is going to get exactly what he asked for.
A few weeks ago, Wilson lamented his role on the defending Super Bowl Champions, claiming he didn’t know what else he needed to do in practice to prove he was game ready. Following the season-ending injury to Andre Brown, Wilson’s playing time is about pick up significantly. Wilson has seen very little time since losing a fumble Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys.
Wilson, the Giants’ first round pick in this year’s draft out of Virginia Tech, was the 2011 ACC Player of the Year. However, the team has concerns about Wilson’s ability to protect the football and his ability to pick up blitzes in pass protection. Wilson is noted for his speed, but has not been overly effective this season. Outside of his 40-yard touchdown run Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns, he is averaging under 3 yards per carry. He has racked up over 1,000 yards so far as a kick returner thus far this season.
Wilson will now be the primary backup to Ahmad Bradshaw. He is not likely to assume Brown’s goal-line duties, but should see more time as a change of pace back.
“Its his time,” head coach Tom Coughlin said. “It is a great opportunity for him and I think for our team as well, in terms of what could develop here in this stage of the season for David.”
“The coaches told me that I’m the next guy, so I’ve been preparing, and hopefully I’ll be ready when they call my number,” Wilson said.
It takes a lot of guts (or maybe a lack of brains) for a rookie to complain about playing time on a defending champion team. Now, he’s going to get it, ready or not. If he doesn’t capitalize, he will have no one to blame but himself, because teams don’t win Super Bowls when they cannot replace injured or ineffective players. If Wilson fails, someone else will be the ‘next man up’ to replace him.