When you look at the New York Giants roster, there is no question which two second-year players are poised for breakout campaigns.
Running back David Wilson and wide receiver Rueben Randle are the obvious selections.
Wilson, the Giants' first-round draft pick in 2012, has taken the reigns in the Giants backfield. And with Andre Brown breaking his leg for the second time in as many years, it'll be up to Wilson to be a do-it-all back, in terms of blocking, third downs, short-yard situations and, of course, giving the team a reliable running game.
The Giants don't usually draft running backs in the first round, so in the case of Wilson, the organization has extremely high hopes for the young play-maker. And rightfully so.
Wilson's fumbling issue landed him in coach Tom Coughlin's doghouse at the start of the 2012 season, but after Ahmad Bradshaw and Brown were both unable to suit up due to injury Wilson earned a second change. Wilson responded with 247 rushing yards and four total touchdowns.
As the clear-cut starter, this season is Wilson's time to break out. He has the potential to be a top-10 running back in the league.
On to Randle, the second-year wide receiver who has been drawing praise since spring OTAs.
In the absence of starters Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, Randle got to work in with Eli Manning and the first-team offense -- at the "X" and "Z" receiver spots -- proving he's worthy of getting starter reps.
With Nicks healthy and Cruz's contract situation in the rearview mirror, Randle is projected to be the Giants third wideout, lining up on the outside opposite of Nicks with Cruz in the slot.
Of course, it's hard to expect Randle, a third wide receiver, to have as much production as the starting running back. But Randle's sophomore campaign will have major ramifications for the Giants' plans come the offseason.
Nicks is in the final year of his rookie contract, and injuries have plagued the receiver over the past few seasons. Should Randle thrive in whatever role the Giants put him in, he could be the heir to Nicks, allowing the organization to pass on paying him top market value and instead promote from within.
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