We have reached the final player in our breakdown of the 90-man roster the New York Giants will bring to training camp later this week at the Timex Performance Center. That would be running back David Wilson, whose performance in 2013 will go a long way toward determining the Giants' success or failure.
2012 Season In Review
Wilson made a huge splash returning kickoffs, averaging 26.9 yards over 57 returns to give the Giants the most dangerous return man they have had in several seasons. He didn't make that kind of splash as a running back, however. An early-season fumble and concerns over his blocking and knowledge of his assignments in general limited his playing time until later in the season. He finished with 358 yards rushing on 71 carries (5.0 yards per carry) and four touchdowns/backflips.
Wilson is expected to take over as the primary running back with Ahmad Bradshaw having been cut and eventually signing with the Indianapolis Colts. Wilson's ability to protect Eli Manning will likely determine just how much he is on the field. "He is still not 100 percent," offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said during mini-camp. "He still makes mistakes but there has certainly been some significant, some significant growth."
Numberfire projects Wilson for a 797-yard season. If the over/under for Wilson's yardage was set at 800. which would you take. The other question with Wilson is how much the Giants will allow him to return kickoffs. It's something he wants to do and special teams coordinator Tom Quinn wants him to do, but Gilbride and head coach Tom Coughlin might disagree.
In a recent poll, 45 percent of voters from the Big Blue View community said they expect Wilson to return kickoffs part-time in 2013.