David Wilson is a fast guy. But fast enough to compete with Usain Bolt, the world's fastes man? Jenny Vrentas of 'Monday Morning Quarterback' got Wilson to confess he would love to race Bolt during a 'Ten Things I Think I Think' Q&A with the New York Giants' 2012 first-round draft pick.
"I think if I could race anyone, it would be Usain Bolt. He’s the fastest guy in the world, so if I could say how close I was to him, or if I beat him (just kidding), I’d have props. It would be cool just to say you did," Wilson told Vrentas.
On a football-related note, Wilson has seemed to have a different demeanor this training camp than last. A little bit less gregarious on the field. Maybe the best way to describe it is to say he seems more professional.
What did the second-year running back learn as a rookie? His answer to Vrentas was simple:
Defensive tackle competition tough to call
The Giants are deep, talented and experienced at defensive tackle heading into 2013. One of those defensive tackles is veteran Shaun Rogers, who spent last season on IR with a blood clot in his leg. Speaking about the defensive line in general, Rogers was optimistic about its potential:
"If guys live up to their potential, we could be the best in the NFL," Rogers said.
Defensive end Justin Tuck, asked about the intense competition for roster spots at defensive tackle, was frank:
"Honestly, there’s been times this season, times in my career, you look at guys we’ve got in that [defensive line] room and you just say, he shouldn’t be here," Tuck said. "But out of all the guys we have in that defensive line room, I don’t see anybody that doesn’t have the potential, [doesn't] have the talent, to make a team somewhere, if it’s not here."
A punter in the Hall of Fame?
Giants' punter Steve Weatherford says "it's a metter of time" before the Pro Football Hall of Fame opens its doors to a punter. Weatherfors says the first one should be former Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy.
"He has become synonymous with a great punt," Weatherford said. "If you make an amazing catch, jumping over a cornerback and snatching the ball away from him, the players of my era say, ‘That guy just got (Randy) Mossed.’ If somebody gets of a great punt, we say, ‘He Ray Guyed it.’ Or, ‘He has Ray Guy hang time.’ Everybody knows exactly what that means.
"When your name becomes an adjective, I think you transcend your position and that’s about the time when you become a legend."
Will Beatty older, wiser, better
A year ago Will Beatty was a question mark for the Giants. He missed most of the preseason with a back injury and had never been a starting left tackle for a full season. After a terrific 2012 season, Beatty has a rich new five-year, $37.5-million contract and is considered one of the game's better left tackles.
George Willis of the New York Post sat down with a reflective Beatty on Thursday.
"I’m having more fun now even though I’m older," the 28-year-old Beatty said. "When I was younger I was healthier and more athletic. But the more you know about this game, the more you understand it, the easier and faster you can play."
Ryan D'Imperio embracing opportunity
Fullback Ryan D'Imperio is only in camp with the Giants because of Henry Hynoski's knee injury. D'Imperio, a seventh-round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 2010, played 12 games in 2011. If Hynoski isn't ready to open the season D'Imperio has a chance to stick with the Giants.
"It’s an opportunity. Any time you’re on the field, it’s an opportunity to show what you can do," the free-agent pickup said. "It’s your resume that you’re putting out there, you’re trying to make the team you’re on and you’re trying to put film out there for other teams in case you get released."
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