An interesting transition has taken place in the Giants' offensive backfield. RB Ahmad Bradshaw was once thought of as the "big play threat" in New York to complement Brandon Jacobs.
In a new "thunder and lightning" combo of one speedy playmaker and one bruising inside runner, rookie RB David Wilson comes in as the spark of electricity the Giants staff believes will serve as a complement to the projected workhorse in Bradshaw.
In addressing the media Wednesday, coach Tom Coughlin touched on a few items that we have thought to be true since the 2012 NFL draft took place. He said that the Giants system is predicated on a two-rusher attack. He said that RB was their biggest position of need coming into the draft and that Wilson was the highest-rated player on their board at Pick 32.
He said Wilson's skill set was, and is, viewed by the staff as ideal to serve the complementary role in which they envision him.
Wilson spent his first three practices of training camp taking third-team snaps, but once the pads went on, he became interspersed with the second group as well. This means double the reps, which is the most important thing right now. That's what tells me something.
While you would like to eventually see the Giants break off some first-team reps for a player who they may be depending on sooner than later given Bradshaw's injury history, Wilson is coming along. I believe he will continue to become more involved in a focused role as the playbook gets shored up in a few weeks.
From all accounts, he needs to work on his pass protection, but he looks terrific catching the ball, which is not a surprise to anyone who saw him play at Virginia Tech.