Should David Wilson be the primary kickoff return man for the New York Giants in 2013.
Wilson, the second-year running back, obviously wants to. "That’s the part of the game that I like the most ever since I started playing football. That was age eight," Wilson said during mini-camp.
He is obviously very good at it. He averaged 26.9 yards per return a season ago, and led the league with 57 returns and 1,533 yards.
Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn would like to see Wilson returning kickoffs despite the increased load he will carry as a running back this season with Ahmad Bradshaw now a member of the Indianapolis Colts.
"I don’t think it’s too much to do both, but I’m not making all the decisions," Quinn said. "I think it all depends on the game. There’s other guys that have done both, whether it was as a punt returner and a starter or a kickoff returner and a starter."
The guy making the decisions is head coach Tom Coughlin, and his history has been that he does not like to expose starting players to return duties. Bradshaw and another running back, Derrick Ward, each returned kickoffs early in their careers. Each, though, were relieved of that responsibility once they became more heavily involved in the offense.
Quinn said during mini-camp that "you'd have to" consider using Wilson's explosiveness on kickoffs as much as possible. Again, though, Quinn knows it's not up to him.
"We’ll see how that all plays out. Obviously, he would like to do it. He’s done it very well, but we’ll have to see how it all comes down with where he is on the depth chart and what he’s doing on offense," Quinn said. "It might be maybe for one or two or you don’t need him for one or two, but we’ve got other guys that we feel good about. There’s a bunch of guys that can do the job if it’s not David.