Ahmad Bradshaw of the Giants has been one of the NFL's best pass-blocking running backs the past three seasons. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Want to know one of the things it is going to take for rookie first-round pick David Wilson (are you listening, Mr Wilson?) to gain the trust of Tom Coughlin and play significant snaps for the New York Giants this season? Try pass-blocking with something approaching the effort and effiiciency of starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw.
According to Pro Football Focus, Bradshaw -- all of 5-foot-11, 195 pounds -- has been asked to pass protect more often than any back in the league the past three seasons. To be exact, he has done so 347 times. In all of those pass-blocking situations Bradshaw has been successful 97.84 percent of the time, allowing only 10 pressures. Only Brandon Jackson of Cleveland (97.92) has a better percentage. You can, however, easily make the argument that Bradshaw is the best in the league since Jackson has only been in 156 pass-blocking situations during that same three-year period, less than half of what Bradshaw has done.
PFF says this makes Bradshaw the "most trusted back" in the league when it comes to protecting his quarterback. Amazing when you consider Bradshaw's stature -- and it will be critical for Wilson, and any other back who wants snaps, to earn the same kind of trust.
After all, the most important thing any offensive player for the Giants can do is make sure Eli Manning stays healthy.