Giants' Kevin Gilbride says David Wilson is unlike any player he's coached with the team Published: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 2:18 PM Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 4:07 PM By Jorge Castillo/The Star-Ledger
John Munson/The Star-LedgerRookie running back David Wilson has impressed offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride with his explosiveness.
Kevin Gilbride has coached his fair share of dynamic weapons in his five seasons leading the Giants offense. He's had Tiki Barber, Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs at running back; and Plaxico Burress, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz at wide receiver to name a few.
The list is long and accomplished, but Gilbride doesn't believe he's ever had a piece to utilize quite like rookie running back David Wilson.
"I don't know if we've had a guy as explosive, regardless of the position, here," said Gilbride of the Giants' first-round pick. "Tiki was a tremendous all-around back, Brandon would give you something, Ahmad gives you toughness, but this guy's got the explosion I'm not sure how many guys in the league have."
Gilbride, entering his sixth season as Giants offensive coordinator, added that it's early and Wilson has plenty of learning to do before he can transfer his skill set to when it matters most, but during the team's three-day minicamp this week Wilson provided a dose of his potential by consistently darting to the outside and turning the corner out of the backfield.
"There are guys in this league who have physical credentials and you say, 'Oh, why can't he play?' Because he can't learn." Gilbride said. "I don't think David's that case. I think he's going to learn, but right now he's very definitely in step one."
The Giants are looking for the rookie running back David Wilson, drafted at the end of the first round, to provide a breakaway threat that was missing. Wilson received extensive practice time with the first unit this week as Ahmad Bradshaw was recovering from a hand injury.
Quarterback Eli Manning is among those who are eager to see how the speedy Wilson responds when given a greater opportunity against an always-rugged Bears defense.
“You have to throw that at him a little bit, see how he adjusts, let him see how quickly the game is played at this level,” Manning said. “And you have to know the offense like the back of your hand.”
The 5-foot-9, 205-pound Wilson ranked eighth at Virginia Tech with 2,662 career rushing yards. He equaled a team record by rushing for at least 100 yards in 10 games last season.
One thing Tom Coughlin can't stand is RB's who can't hold onto the ball:
Rookie David Wilson fumbled seven times and lost four of them at Virginia Tech last season.Wilson's first-quarter fumble in Wednesday's opener wasn't a fluke. Ball security has been a concern ever since he declared for the draft and it's probably a reason the coaches didn't even give him a chance to redeem himself against the Cowboys. Wilson is going to have to earn back the trust of the staff now. Sep 6 - 7:59 AMSource: Newark Star-Ledger
According to the Daily News, the Giants' coaches are now "excited" about David Wilson. It looks like Wilson has finally worked his way out of the doghouse. With Ahmad Bradshaw coming off a 34-touch day and Andre Brown still dealing with a concussion, the first-round rookie is prepping for a real offensive role this week. The Daily News says Wilson "should get a share of the load on Sunday." We're not comfortable starting him in fantasy circles yet, but there's plenty of stash appeal here. Wilson hasn't fumbled since Week 1. Source: New York Daily News Oct 10 - 9:20 AM
David Wilson expects competition but ready to be Giants' starting running back By Jenny Vrentas/The Star-Ledger on March 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM, updated March 21, 2013 at 3:56 PM
NEW YORK -- David Wilson was the Giants' first-round pick last year, but he doesn't expect the starting running back job to be handed to him.
"The job is not given to anybody, you’ve just got to go out and earn it," Wilson said today, at a Boost Mobile "Shrink Hunger" community event, to help City Harvest combat hunger in New York City.
Ahmad Bradshaw was cut by the Giants last month, and the team has said Wilson, Andre Brown, Ryan Torain and Da'Rel Scott will all compete for playing time.
So Wilson has been mostly staying in New Jersey, training and preparing at the Giants' facility. He said he's added a few pounds of muscle -- he wants to play between 208 and 210 pounds, up from 205 last year -- in order to be a better pass protector, which he knows is the key to him staying on the field.
"Because at the end of the day, Eli is our quarterback in there," Wilson said. "And when the game is in a tough situation, the ball is going to be in his hands to make decisions. And when he makes those decisions, he’s got to be able to stand in the pocket."
Wilson's rookie season got off to a rocky start, after a critical fumble in the season opener against Dallas. He found a niche as a kick returner, using his sprinter's speed for one return touchdown and 1,533 return yards, until he grew into a bigger role on offense. Even if he earns the starting job, Wilson hopes he's still used as a returner.