Giants sophomore running back David Wilson was the No. 1 selection among NFL.com writer Chris Wesseling’s top 10 players poised for bigger roles in their second seasons.
Wilson, expected to become the Giants’ starting running back with the departure of Ahmad Bradshaw, impressed as he saw an expanded role toward the end of 2012.
“The first-rounder’s explosiveness was evident as he racked up the most all-purpose yards (1,925) yards by a rookie in franchise history,” writes Wesseling. “But mistakes in pass protection, route running and ball security limited his offensive snaps. Now that Ahmad Bradshaw is gone, general manager Jerry Reese is confident that Wilson can be the “lead dog” in a tandem attack with Andre Brown.”
Reese told WFAN in New York Wilson can handle the workload of a featured back in the NFL back in January.
In his rookie season, Wilson rushed for 358 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged 27 yards per kick return, with a 97-yard return for a score Week 13 vs. the Saints. After the bye week, he totaled 897 all-purpose yards and five of his six touchdowns.
Also cracking Wesseling’s list was Lamar Miller of the Dolphins (2), Peter Konz and Lamar Holmes of the Falcons (3), DeMario Davis of the Jets (4), Riley Reiff of the Lions (5), Whitney Mercilus of the Texans (6), Dave DeCastro of the Steelers (7), Isaiah Pead of the Rams (8), Michael Floyd of the Cardinals (9) and Nigel Bradham of the Bills (10).
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