New York Giants: Is David Wilson a Lock to Be the Backup Running Back?

Nick Krapf@@NickKrapfContributor IIIAugust 20, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - MAY 11:  David Wilson #34 of the New York Giants work out during Giants minicamp at Timex Performance Center on May 11, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Back in April's NFL draft, the New York Giants selected David Wilson, a running back from Virgina Tech.

Coming off a season where he rushed for 1,709 yards and was named the 2011 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Wilson is expected to give a huge boost to the Giants running game, which finished last in the league in 2011-12. 

The Giants also lost former back-up running back Brandon Jacobs, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers this past offseason.

In two preseason games, Wilson has rushed for 69 yards on 15 carries, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. However, most of his production has come against third and fourth-string defenses.

As a whole, the Giants' running game is still struggling. Ahmad Bradshaw injured his hand in Saturday's game, although the Giants believe he will be fine.

Current backup D.J. Ware carried the ball 11 times and only gained 15 yards against the New York Jets Saturday. It is becoming more and more apparent that Ware is best suited as a third-down specialist, much like he's been for the Giants in years past.

While Ware is the current backup, if his struggles continue, Wilson will most likely be backing up Bradshaw during the regular season.

Is it the right move? I think so. But so far, the coaches seem to lack confidence in Wilson.

There is a report stating that Wilson is having a hard time grasping the Giants' playbook, which has the coaches concerned. We saw this Saturday, when the Giants put Andre Brown into the game before him. While Brown is currently ahead of Wilson on the depth chart, it would be nice to see Wilson play before Brown, especially if he is supposed to be the backup solution.

There are still two more preseason games left for the New York Giants. While the defense and passing game looks to be as strong as they were last year, the running game is still a glaring weak spot. The Giants drafted David Wilson to be the backup to Ahmad Bradshaw, but unless he gets more time, there is a chance that he'll slip down the depth chart.