New York Giants: Can David Wilson Eclipse 1,200 Yards Rushing?

By Andrew Lecointe
Jim O’Connor — USA Today Sports

Now that New York Giants’ running back David Wilson is the starter, the Giants will be looking to use his speed to make their offense more explosive. It has been questioned whether Wilson is a back who can carry a full-time load. Wilson is only 5-foot-9, so those questions are legit. However, the Giants should know better than to question whether a guy that small can carry the load.

Former running back Tiki Barber was the longtime starter for the Giants in the late 90’s until the 2006 season when he abruptly called it quits to pursue a journalism career. Barber is only 5-foot-10 and was able to carry the load in the backfield. In Barber’s final five seasons, he totaled over 1,200 rushing yards in each season, peaking at 1,860 rushing yards during the 2005 season.

Wilson has strong legs, which enables him to keep his legs churning when defenders are trying to bring him down. He’s a tough physical runner who likes to put his head down and go for the extra yardage. With the new rules in place penalizing ball carriers for lowering their heads, Wilson might have to find another way. However, there shouldn’t be a doubt whether he’s able to carry the load.

However, will he be able to rush for over 1,200 yards? The Giants have relied heavily on the right arm of Eli Manning for the past several seasons, so the Giants can use a running game to make it a more balanced attack. An effective Wilson can help the Giants in the red zone, where they seem to have a number of issues getting touchdowns instead of field goals.

Last season, Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for just over 1,000 yards despite missing a couple of games with injuries. If Wilson stays healthy for the majority of the upcoming season, he should be well over 1,200 yards.

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