Many pundits have projected New York Giants running back David Wilson to be one of the 2013 NFL season’s great breakout players. Not seeing much field time until the end of 2012, Wilson only rushed for 358 yards during his rookie campaign.
However, a stat that is hard to overlook is the fact that his yards per carry average was at an even 5.0. This begs the question: can Wilson—the Giants’ 2012 first round selection—take the mantle as the Giants’ true starting running back?
It is arguable that the Giants have not had a true franchise back since the days of Tiki Barber; the seasons with Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, and Derrick Ward were more tandem-based.
Wilson is a player that has the same amount of sheer electricity that Barber had in his prime. Moreover, Wilson doesn’t seem to have the same fumbling woes that Barber had in the early days of his career—a lesson learned after being banished from the playing field in the aftermath of a week one fumble.
The Giants are at their best when they run a balanced offense, and while they have been slowly moving toward a passing mentality, an historic season from Wilson could assist in returning balance to an offense that was inconsistent in 2012.
This may sound hyperbolic, but Wilson has the ability to break Barber’s single season rushing record of 1,860 yards. If he can do so, then the Giants—along with a potent passing attack—will be one of the league’s most consistently frightening offenses.