In the wake of a stellar conclusion to 2012, David Wilson is entering the training camp of his sophomore season facing significantly heightened expectations than he did during his rookie season.
The New York Giants will need Wilson to fulfill his seemingly limitless potential going into the 2013 training camp, as the NFC East is loaded with viable rushing talent — the Washington Redskins, who are the Giants’ division rivals, boasted a league-best rushing attack in 2012 when they averaged 169.3 yards per game.
Moreover, the Philadelphia Eagles will likely have something unorthodox and fleet-footed planned, with speed-minded head coach Chip Kelly now working with the swift Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy.
Amidst the two aforementioned threats, Wilson needs to be the equalizer for the Giants. Averaging 5.0 yards per carry and scoring four touchdowns on the back of two starts in 2012, his biggest threat in training camp is Andre Brown — Wilson’s potential backfield partner.
Who the starter will be is still undecided, but given Wilson’s status as a first-round pick and the potential that he displayed and given Brown’s unproven durability, the job is most likely Wilson’s to lose.
The Giants’ running back depth chart also has Ryan Torain, who has an impressive career rushing average of 4.2 yards per carry. He could also prove to be mildly threatening to Wilson. It is notable to point out that Torain has more experience serving as a featured back for an offense than Wilson or Brown, but, he also has a history of durability issues.
In summation, it is highly unlikely that Brown or Torain will knock Wilson from his perch at the summit of New York’s running back depth chart. The second-year back has too much potential coming off a stellar conclusion to 2012 to fall out of Tom Coughlin’s favor.