David Wilson will have opportunities to shine as a running back on the New York Giants, but his role will evolve and become more defined as the season progresses.
There's no way to make a definite statement on what his role will be at this time. There's just too many intangibles to account for.
If Ahmad Bradshaw has a bad game or two—or records one of his trademark fumbles—Wilson will have a chance to show the world what he's really about.
What if Bradshaw has an amazing season and never gives Wilson to chance to showcase the potential the G-Men believed in when they drafted him?
Giants rookie tailback David Wilson runs low to the ground, he can cut on a dime and he has breakaway speed that almost makes coach Tom Coughlin giddy.
But the Giants know that already. And to veteran tailback Ahmad Bradshaw, it’s time for Wilson to stop working so hard to showcase those one-on-one running talents. To the veteran, it’s time for the understudy to adopt a simpler approach.
“Just with the fresh legs, you feel good and you want to show your talents out there. But everybody knows he’s fast and he can make moves,” Bradshaw said Friday. “It’s just the way he does it. At times, it’s not even needed.”
It’s been impossible not to notice Wilson’s flash throughout camp, and Coughlin has raved about the first-round pick, saying he “looks very fast, looks very quick.” Yet Wilson still seems languishing on the depth chart, with Bradshaw and veteran D.J. Ware taking most of the first-team carries.
Wilson has electrifying talent, Bradshaw said, but he’s also wearing out his body.
“He’s great. He’s still young,” Bradshaw said. “He kind of does his own thing, juking and doing a lot of things, putting a lot of torque on his ankles and knees and different things. We’re trying to teach him how to be a professional and just hold back on some of those things.”
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It wouldn't be a huge stretch to say Bradshaw is feeling the heat. With Brandon Jacobs gone—and D.J. Ware and a rookie running back as his own competition—Bradshaw should smell blood.
However, Bradshaw knows just as well as anyone, that this NFL has a very short memory. If Bradshaw gets outperformed by Wilson during the course of the season, his days as a Giant could very well be numbered.
Wilson's role will not only have an effect on the Giants' success, but on Bradshaw professionally, and possibly personally.
No one wants to get beat out by the new kid on the block, but Wilson's role on the Giants could evolve to the point where that scenario can become a reality for Bradshaw.
May the best man win.