The 2013 season was supposed to be a coming out party. It was supposed to be the year that a New York Giants first round selection would shake the NFC East and cause frustration for opposing defenses. However, David Wilson has disappointed and his season was cut short due to a neck injury. And with Wilson clearly not being the player that was once anticipated, it is time to come back to reality and put him where he suits the team best, the special teams.
It is without a doubt that Wilson is one of the fastest players in the league, and his jukes and spins can fake out the best tacklers in the league. His pure athleticism will keep him in the league for quite some time, but not as a running back. Wilson is the prototypical returner in the NFL — speedy, elusive, small, and energetic. He is comparable to Philadelphia Eagles‘ DeSean Jackson, as the receiver is similar in athletic skill to Wilson and has a small physique.
So, you may also think, should Wilson be moved to the wide receiver position? Absolutely not, as he isn’t a consistent receiver out of the backfield and it would translate anywhere on the field.
However, Wilson is perfect as a kick and punt returner, relieving Reuben Randle of his duties from 2013. It would completely change the complexion of the Giants’ special teams and provide an added dimension to the team for scoring. Wilson is simply too small and frail to play as an every down back like the team hoped, and his fumbling problems have stripped his position on the offense. However, he could call special teams home in 2014 and certainly be in the conversation for one of the top returners in the NFL.