In an interview with WFAN Thursday, Giants general manager Jerry Reese was asked when he believes David Wilson can handle the workload of a featured running back in this league.
Without hesitation, Reese replied:
“I don’t think there’s any question that he can be that. It’s a two- and three-back league nowadays, but do I think he can be a lead dog? I do think that,” he said.
“Because he’s not a little guy, and he has incredible balance,” Reese continued. “You see guys have some big hits on him and he stays up — he’s not an easy guy to take down. So he’s much stronger than you might think just from how he looks on the field. But he’s a sleek, well-chiseled athlete. I do believe he can be the lead back.”
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.
Wilson emerged from coach Tom Coughlin’s doghouse in the second half of the season. After the bye week, he totaled 897 all-purpose yards and five of his six touchdowns.
The rookie began to see the most action when Ahmad Bradshaw was injured early against New Orleans, then drew the start the following week in Atlanta.
In the season finale, he and Bradshaw split carries near-evenly.
“He can be a 15-carry guy,” Coughlin said of Wilson. “I think you’d be surprised how strong this guy is. He has outstanding legs. He wants it, he wants to be a player, he wants to do well, he loves to play and I think he had outstanding endurance. I’ve seen him. I mean (heck), he runs all day long. I like that part of it.”
There have been rumblings from Bradshaw about his uncertain future with the organization.
When cleaning out his locker, Bradshaw stated he would like to remain a Giant but said “you just never know who won’t be back next year … including me.”
Coughlin prefers using a two-back rotation in the backfield. Then the organization must consider Andre Brown, who also was a part of the rotation before breaking his leg.
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