New York Giants Cannot Rely on David Wilson for Next Season

By Daniel Brennan
David Wilson
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The New York Giants are facing multiple question marks this offseason, including the impending health of running back David Wilson.

Wilson suffered a neck injury in Week 5, which kept him sidelined for the rest of the 2013 season. He then underwent surgery to repair the herniated disk on Jan. 16. All signs point to rehab progressing smoothly and word has it, Wilson is targeting a return by the start of training camp. However, this is a career-threatening type of injury so all necessary precautions will surely be taken. I’m sure it would surprise nobody if Wilson’s return date was eventually pushed back.

Even when healthy, Wilson gave the Giants cause for concern. He had two costly fumbles in Week 1 and was never able to regain his footing. In the four full weeks that he was healthy, Wilson never rushed for over 55 yards in a single game. He has shown sporadic glimpses of brilliance in his young career but the Giants will need more than that heading forward.

The Giants would be wise to target a running back in free agency. They could bring back Andre Brown who played well in limited time a season ago. Brown saw his first action of the year in Week 9, after missing the first half of the season with a fractured left leg. Injuries still seem to be the concern with Brown, as he has been unable to avoid missing major chunks of seasons in two consecutive years.

A couple of other options out there are Ben Tate and Donald Brown. Both could be solid additions but the Giants cannot afford to sink too much money into the running back position with so many other holes to fill.

Daniel Brennan covers the New York Giants for You can follow him on Twitter @DBrennan30 and add him to your network on Google.

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