New York Giants running back David Wilson is slowly but surely making his way back to the field after undergoing neck surgery back in January. Wilson had surgery to repair a herniated disk he suffered in Week 5 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Wilson has been getting reps in during OTAs but he has been held out of contact drills. He had a recent exam on his neck but doctors chose not to clear him. However, Wilson still hopes to be ready to go full-speed when training camp rolls around. Although the news wasn’t exactly what Wilson and the Giants were hoping for, the team and coaching staff still remain optimistic.
An article by ESPN New York’s Kieran Darcy reported the following quote from head coach Tom Coughlin on Wilson’s recent visit:
“Progress has been made, so it’s not a negative report at all in our opinion,” Coughlin said. “He’s probably right where he should be.”
When Wilson finally does return, the impact and role he will have is a bit up in the air. The Giants signed Rashad Jennings to be their starter and also drafted Andre Williams and re-signed veteran Peyton Hillis.
However, Wilson has a skill-set that really separates him from the rest of the pack if he can put it all together. Wilson has elite speed and playmaking ability that makes him a menace in open space. New York could always allow Wilson to find his footing by putting him back into his kick returner role, where he excelled in his rookie season.
Even before he was hurt last year, Wilson struggled. He coughed it up twice on opening night and played scared after that. The Giants are praying to once again see some of that explosiveness he displayed in college and as a rookie.