New York Giants’ Running Game Will Survive Without David Wilson
The New York Giants‘ David Wilson appeared to have a bright future when the team spent a first-round pick on him back in 2012. He showed plenty of promise as a rookie, but recent developments might mean that the G-Men will never see Wilson hit the field again.
According to ESPN.com, the Giants are shutting down Wilson due to a nagging neck injury, which is believed to be potentially career-ending.
Wilson is coming off of a season where he ran for 146 yards and one touchdown. Not amazing by any means, but with more carries and a bigger role, Wilson could have made a big difference for this team. Not to mention, Wilson was a beast when it came to kickoffs. Unfortunately, we will likely not get to see that electrifying playmaking ability this upcoming season.
Although it is sad to see this happen to such a young talent, New York did prepare this offseason by picking up Rashad Jennings and re-signing Peyton Hillis. Hills is a one-time 1,000-yard rusher and Jennings is coming off of a pretty solid season. As an Oakland Raider last season, Jennings racked up 733 yards and six TDs on the ground. They also added rookie Andre Williams, who looked great in his NFL debut last night during the Hall of Fame Game.
No matter how the running back position looks, QB Eli Manning has to have a big season. In 2013, Manning threw for 3,818 yards and 18 touchdowns, but also tossed 27 interceptions, which is 100 percent unacceptable. The veteran quarterback absolutely has to get that interception total down if the Giants plan on doing anything in the 2014-15 season.
Having a solid running game would certainly take some pressure off of Manning, but that solid running game is going to have to exist without Wilson in the lineup.
That just means players like Jennings and Williams are going to have to step up even more, but the team has the personnel to still be solid in the rushing department.