New York Giants: David Wilson

Coughlin not sure about Wilson's return

February, 21, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS -- One day after ESPN reported that running back David Wilson is targeting a training-camp return, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin tried to tamp down expectations, saying he's not sure when Wilson will be cleared.

"Do I think he'll be ready for training camp? I really don't know the answer to that," Coughlin said Friday at the NFL scouting combine. "A lot has to do with his attitude, the way he feels and the way the doctors and trainers obviously feel. He's not going to be put out there until he's ready for that. I'm not even (sure) how (much) he's going to be limited in the spring."

Wilson suffered a herniated disk last Oct. 6 and underwent surgery Jan. 16.

Coughlin said Wilson was in good spirits when they talked a few days ago. Wilson has begun light weight-lifting with his legs, reporting little pain, according to Coughlin.

"Forget about the fact that he could be a difference-maker on our team; it's the idea, is he going to be healthy enough to be able to withstand?" the coach said. "We're not going to put him out there unless he really, really believes in himself and when the doctors believe he's ready to go."

Coughlin addressed other issues:

• He sounded confident that guard Chris Snee will rehab his surgically repaired hip and will return for the 2014 season. Coughlin said there's "no question" that Snee will be ready. He likely will have to restructure his contract.

• Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul is making "very good progress" with his troublesome back. Said Coughlin: "He wants to be the player he was a couple of years ago. I'm interested in that."

• Second-year tackle Justin Pugh has been encouraged to gain weight. Coughlin said he wants Pugh in the 310- to 315-pound range. "That," he said, "would add power in his play."

• Coughlin declined to speculate on the future of defensive end Justin Tuck and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, both of whom will be free agents on March 11.

Reese: Wilson will start at RB

August, 23, 2013
David Wilson and Andre Brown are both currently listed as first-team running backs on the Giants depth chart. But you can expect Wilson to be the one in the backfield on the Giants' first series in Dallas on Sept. 8.

General manager Jerry Reese said as much on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" Friday morning on ESPN Radio.

"We expect [Wilson] to be our starter, and be in the backfield with Andre Brown, who had a terrific season going last year until he got hurt," Reese said. "[Brown's] had the injury bug a little bit since he’s been in the league. But if he can stay healthy, and David Wilson comes on like we expect him too, we think we can have a pretty dynamic backfield."

Both running backs should get plenty of action this season. They've had almost the same amount of carries in the Giants' first two preseason games. Wilson has 13 carries for 50 yards, and Brown has 12 carries for 59 yards.

Reese was also asked about injured wide receiver Victor Cruz, and whether he'll be ready to go by Week 1 against the Cowboys.

"We’re hopeful of that," Reese said. "He’s day to day, and he’s got a strong will, and he says he’ll be ready, and I believe him."

Wilson hopes to impress vs. Colts

August, 18, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When the Giants released Ahmad Bradshaw back on Feb. 6, it paved the way for David Wilson to become the team's starting running back.

Nevertheless, Wilson said this week that he wasn't all smiles when he heard the news.

"It was mixed feelings, because we had a close relationship," Wilson said Friday. "You hate to see one of your friends go -- not only a friend, but a mentor. But everybody has got to move on. The NFL is a business, and I was just happy to see him land on another team, and a team that’s got potential. I was also excited knowing that I would get the opportunity to step up and play a big role in this offense."

Bradshaw wound up with the Colts -- and even though he's currently working his way back from a foot injury and won't play Sunday night, he is expected to be at MetLife Stadium when the Giants and Colts play their second game of the preseason. Wilson is looking forward to seeing him.

"He was in this offense and he knows what it takes to be successful in this offense, and he tried to teach me everything he could while he was here," Wilson said, "so we just have a good relationship."

Wilson had five carries for 16 yards, and two receptions for six yards, in the Giants' first preseason game. The starters only played one quarter against the Steelers. When asked to evaluate his performance, Wilson initially said he wasn't happy with it, but then corrected himself.

"I can’t say I wasn’t happy with it. It’s kind of what I expected," Wilson said. "It was the first preseason game and we were going to come off the field with some things we need to correct. I think it was just good to have something on film and to go out there. Most people executed really well and some people were executing good enough, so you can go back and watch it on film and reevaluate and see what you need to fix and work on."

The starters are expected to play a little longer against the Colts -- about 20 snaps, according to coach Tom Coughlin. Wilson hopes to see more action, in both the running game and the passing game. He had 71 carries for 358 yards as a rookie, but only four catches for 34 yards.

"That’s what I’m trying to show, is that I can be that every-down back," Wilson said. "There’s only one way to show it and it’s to get in there and do it."

Wilson lost a fumble in last year's regular season opener, on just his second NFL carry, and ended up in Coughlin's doghouse for a while. But he's come a long way since then.

"I was young last year and came in and this offense, the running back plays a big role and it’s a lot thrown at you," Wilson said. "It’s kind of complicated for the running back. When I came in, I just tried to grasp as much as I could and take it one day at a time and learn something and get better at something each day, and I’m still doing the same thing now.

"I still haven’t learned everything that the running back needs to do like a second nature. That’s the point I’m striving to get to, where I can be like, ‘Hold on. Eli, look at this,’ where I learn the offense that good that I can correct some things. And there have been running backs in this system that know it that well. And I’m just taking it one day at a time, trying to get better and better each week."

Giants ready to run on two-back system

August, 4, 2013
David WilsonJohn Munson/The Star-Ledger/USA TODAY SportsDavid Wilson is expected to share carries with Andre Brown in the Giants' two-back system.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –- On the New York Giants' unofficial depth chart, there is just one position that has two starters listed for one spot.

David Wilson and Andre Brown are both listed as the starting running back. Even though the depth chart is “unofficial,” it’s an indication of how both backs will play a significant role this season.

“We’re both going to contribute,” Wilson said before Sunday’s practice. “The depth chart is a political thing, something that they have to put out there so the fans and other teams will know. You know, like I said, it’s mostly for the media.”

No matter who starts, Wilson and Brown should see their share of carries and opportunities. Tom Coughlin has indicated that he will ride the hot hand and will go with a two-back system. If Coughlin has his way, the coach would have a third back to sprinkle in like he did when he had Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw and Derrick Ward.

Right now, the Giants have two backs who bring two different skill sets. Wilson, the expected starter, is the explosive and elusive speedster who can bust a touchdown run on any carry. And Brown is the bigger back who can run with a nice combination of power and speed. He also is expected to resume his role of being the goal-line back, which he played before he broke his leg late last season.

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Jim O'Connor/USA TODAY SportsAndre Brown will help David Wilson carry the load.
“David is a different style of back than we’ve ever really had here at the Giants over the years,” quarterback Eli Manning said. “A lot of speed and explosiveness. We got to see what’s the best way to use him. He might have a little different runs that help use his talent to his best ability.

“Both of them are different style runners,” Manning added. “And we’ll kind of understand that and put them in to do things that they are best at.”

The coaching staff trusts the veteran Brown. But the coaches also understand Wilson's home run ability and the different dimension he adds to the offense. Wilson has pretty much been getting the first carries in practice and his goal is to consistently improve on a different area of his game throughout camp. Wilson has to prove that he can consistently protect Manning on passing plays.

He’s eager to prove he is up to the task and hopes to show his biggest strength in a preseason game and avoid tackles for real instead of being tagged in non-tackling practices.

“I’m just looking forward to full speed contact,” Wilson said. “Out here in practice, you get tagged up and you think to yourself, ‘He wouldn’t have made that tackle.’ Even if we did it 10 times over again. You just have to live with it that you got tagged but in a game you can actually break a tackle and get yards after contact.”

And it's in those preseason games when Wilson hopes to show more of the electric flashes he displayed last year as a rookie. Wilson may not get many touches in the preseason, but he is expected to start the preseason opener on Saturday at Pittsburgh.

“I have the chance to be the starting tailback for the New York Giants,” Wilson said. “The Super Bowl is here this year so my main focus this season is going in, wherever and whenever I can contribute. And whenever I’m on the field, I definitely want to have an effect on the game in a positive way so we can win as many games as possible and make that run for the Super Bowl.”

Coach's decision: Run or pass?

December, 22, 2012
This isn't the Baltimore defense of the past.

Entering Sunday, Baltimore is ranked 26th in yards allowed per game, 22nd in passing yards allowed and 26th in rushing yards. Injuries are a main reason why the Ravens have struggled, but the team still has plenty of solid players on defense that haven't played up to par.

Coming off a 34-0 loss, the Giants offense should be looking for a bounce-back game. The offense has been hit or miss down the stretch, alternating between good and bad weeks. In the last four weeks, the Giants have scored zero, 52, 16 and 38 points. Going by that, the Giants should put up points Sunday.

The big decision will be whether to try to beat the Ravens through the passing game or to try and get the running game going. Baltimore is susceptible to both, and obviously a balanced game is desired, but it seems the Giants tend to have success in just one area.

Running the ball could be a problem this week depending on the health of Ahmad Bradshaw. The veteran is working his way back from a knee sprain and might not be able to shoulder the full load. While David Wilson showed he can run the ball with no problem, the Giants coaching staff still does not fully trust him -- evident in last week's loss when he only received 12 carries despite being the start.

In the passing game, it just hasn't clicked this year. Manning is having a down year after having the best of his career, with just 20 touchdowns through 14 games. In his last four road games, Manning has just one touchdown pass. The Giants just have not been able to get it going on the road in the air.

It also doesn't help that Hakeem Nicks' injuries have slowed him down, and while Victor Cruz has had a great season overall, in the six games of the second half he has just 25 catches for 369 yards and two scores. In the first eight games, Cruz had 54 catches for 650 yards and seven scores. Teams have found ways to limit the damage those two have done down the backstretch.

Baltimore can be scored upon and the Giants are going to need some points to win Sunday. The question is whether they get it done with their passing offense or the rushing offense.

Coughlin breaks down loss to Atlanta

December, 17, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants coach Tom Coughlin met with the media Monday and broke down the team's 34-0 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. Here are some of the points Coughlin harped on, including a rather surprising opinion about the first half of the game.

NOT BAD?: Despite being down 17-0 at the end of the first half, Coughlin wasn't that upset with what he saw.

"To be honest with you, the first half was not bad," Coughlin said.

Coughlin pinned some of the blame on himself, but the Giants couldn't execute. They had two interceptions, a missed field goal, and couldn't convert twice on fourth down. Coughlin said he went for it on fourth down because he wanted to galvanize his squad.

MISSED TACKLES: Defensive tackle Chris Canty said the Giants missed 18 tackles in the game, as they allowed Atlanta to rush for 129 yards on the day. It's a problem that has plagued the Giants in the past.

"It’s frustrating anytime. Defensively and special teams, that’s what you have to do," Coughlin said. "Yesterday, we made a specific point about it because of Michael Turner’s history and the quality of back that he is, but not only that, the size of the receivers and the power and speed in which they play. You had to swarm the ball and get them down right away without allowing them to have a chance to get going."

COMING UP SHORT: The Giants went 0-for-3 on the day in fourth-and-short situations, with David Wilson being stonewalled on 4th-and-1, and Manning throwing two incomplete passes to Victor Cruz and Kregg Lumpkin. Coughlin saw chances to grab the first down, but the Giants couldn't make the play.

"The first short-yardage run, I think we had a chance; a couple things had to happen. We had to combo-block and get off and we didn’t get up on the mike-backer," Coughlin said. "We didn’t really clean the hole out and so it was congested. He just never had a real chance of any kind of day light to squeeze through.

"The other two were passes and the one (to Cruz), there wasn’t real good separation and I don’t know that there was pressure to throw it, but it was thrown. That was an incompletion. Later on, we were trying to go in the right spot (to Lumpkin), but the ball was tipped."

NO PASS RUSH: The Giants had just one sack on the day, courtesy of Canty, and struggled to get close to Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan. The once vaunted Giants pass rush is now tied for 16th in the league with 32 sacks.

"We’re being well pass-protected. We’re not getting, and when we do get the one-on-one, we don’t seem to be able to get there," Coughlin said. "The rhythm of the throw is gone. The ball is off. Should that be the case consistently? No, of course not. We should have more pressure on the quarterback, but it has not happened for us and so we continue to strive for it to happen."

Wilson struggles in first start

December, 16, 2012
ATLANTA -- There was a notable difference between how David Wilson's first start began for him and how it went for his team in Sunday's 34-0 loss to the Falcons.

The rookie running back from Virginia Tech opened strong in replacing the injured Ahmad Bradshaw. He had 47 yards on six carries in the first quarter, but he finished the same way the Giants played overall.

Wilson's final six carries were good for just 8 yards, although he said he didn't notice the Falcons making any changes on defense.

"I didn't really notice a difference; we've just got to bring it, be more physical," he said. "They played harder than us today."
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Josh D. Weiss/USA TODAY SportsDavid Wilson had 12 carries for 55 yards.

Wilson finished with 55 yards on 12 carries.

After New York forced a punt early in the second period, they started a drive at their own 20-yard-line while trailing 14-0.

Falcons defensive end John Abraham dropped Wilson for a 1-yard loss on first down, and Eli Manning threw his second interception on the next play.

Kregg Lumpkin replaced Wilson on the Giants' next possession, and had some success with three carries for 39 yards as Big Blue moved to the Atlanta 33.

That was about it for the Giants' running attack for the rest of the game. At that point Wilson and Lumpkin had combined to rush 10 times for 85 yards.

From then on, they rushed 11 times for 12 yards. Lumpkin's final six carries went for 3 total yards.

That downward slide began on second-and-2 from the 33, where Lumpkin was stopped for no gain behind right tackle. Then, he gained just a yard behind right guard.

Wilson re-entered as Giants coach Tom Coughlin opted to go for it on fourth-and-1 from the 32.

Wilson went left, the Falcons stretched it out, and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon led the way as Atlanta dropped the play for no gain.

Wilson caught one pass for 11 yards, and any hope that he might impact on the game by way of kickoff returns was wiped away by the strong leg of Falcons kicker Matt Bosher.

All seven of Bosher's boots went into the end zone, and on the three Wilson brought out he mustered an average of 22 yards to start drives at the 13-, 20- and 16-yard lines.

Field possession was an all-day disaster, as the Giants' average starting spot was their own 18 while the Falcons' average drive began at the Atlanta 39.

"They were kicking them deep, and some of them you try to make work and others you've got to take the knee," Wilson said.

There would be no more highlights for either back.

On the Giants' final play, though, Lumpkin took a backward pass from Manning and turned upfield for what looked like a sizable gain. Abraham tracked him from behind and swung his right arm like a hammer upper-cut to pop the ball out. The Falcons recovered, and ran out the final 4:06.

"When I threw [Abraham] by I knew he was behind me, but I didn't know how close he was," Lumpkin said after finished with nine carries for 42 yards and a reception for no gain. "I was trying to get down field, pick up the first down and maybe more. I just had the ball swinging.

"You're supposed to carry it high and tight all the time. He poked it out, and they got the ball back. We've just got to go back to the drawing board, and get it to work."

Running backs ready to step up

December, 14, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Three running backs with a combined 41 carries this season are going to have to pick up the slack in the backfield this weekend.

With Ahmad Bradshaw out with a sprained knee and foot issues, the Giants will turn to rookie David Wilson and a pair of veterans who have been on the team less than a month in Kregg Lumpkin and Ryan Torain. Lumpkin and Torain each don't even have a carry this season.

Wilson is in line to be the starter when the Giants take on the Falcons. He rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries in last week's win over the Saints, showcasing the top-end speed that made the Giants draft him in the first round. He's rushed 41 times for 211 yards and three touchdowns on the year.

"I think I had a great week of practice," Wilson said after practice on Friday. "I know my assignments and I know what to expect and just having a great week of practice and showing the coaches and building their confidence so they’re not worried and rolling in their sleep hoping that I can pull it together on Sunday."

While Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said he sees no reason why Wilson can't handle 20 carries this week, he added that it's to be seen whether that will be the case. He said the other backs can help the team in different ways, and even said fullback Henry Hynoski "might" be the team's best pass protector among the running backs with Bradshaw out. Coughlin has been impressed with what he's seen out of Torain and Lumpkin in pass protection.

"They've worked very hard at it since they’ve been here," Coughlin said. "They have been in the classroom since they got here to catch up and they’ve done a pretty good job at it. They’ve been on teams, so they know what to expect. Hopefully, if we can categorize how we use them, and their knowledge in that area is sufficient, they’ll do fine."

Lumpkin, who has played a total of eight snaps on offense in the last two games, is expecting his role to increase this week with Bradshaw is out. He's been used on third downs, in addition to special teams, and believe he has his pass protection down. He said he's feeling comfortable within the offense.

"Just gotta play confident and comfortable, have fun" Lumpkin said. "Make sure Eli (Manning) is protected and catch the ball, run, score touchdowns."

Torain has yet to play this season but said he feels great about the offense and praised the coaches and teammates for helping him out and working with him. He started at running back for the Redskins last year and has shown he can get the job done in extensive work.

"I definitely feel like I'll have an opportunity this week and just wait until the coach calls my number," Torain said. "I'll be waiting patiently. I'm very excited and ready to help the team."

David Wilson suddenly gets star treatment

December, 12, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Reporters swarm around the same players every week in the Giants locker room. The quarterback, Eli Manning, always has a big crowd around him when he talks. Defensive end Justin Tuck draws a large group, too -- as does safety Antrel Rolle.

On Wednesday, the media had a new target: rookie running back David Wilson.

"There's a new celebrity in town," said O-lineman Chris Snee, smiling, as he walked past Wilson's locker after practice.

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Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger/US PresswireDavid Wilson's three-TD game thrust the rookie into the spotlight.
He's right. New York, and the NFL, are still buzzing about Wilson's performance three days ago against the Saints. He scored three touchdowns and became the first player in NFL history to have at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game.

Wilson said he hasn't received too much ribbing from his teammates about all the extra attention. "They've just been real happy for me," Wilson said, "telling me they're expecting it every week (now)."

The rookie might get an even bigger opportunity this coming Sunday against the Falcons, with Ahmad Bradshaw suffering from a sprained knee. Bradshaw did not practice Wednesday, and coach Tom Coughlin does not sound confident Bradshaw will be able to play. (Click here to read more.)

Wilson has just 41 carries on the season, for 211 yards. But he believes he can handle being the Giants' primary ball carrier. "It's football," Wilson said. "I've been playing it for a while now."

Wilson also wants to continue handling kickoff returns, even if he becomes the starter at running back. Can you blame him? He has 1,321 kickoff return yards on the season -- tops in the NFL by almost 300 yards.

"That's always been the part of the game that I favored the most and enjoyed the most," Wilson said. "Because there's no real heavy assignment -- it's just going out and competing and trying to dominate the kickoff team."

Another big topic of conversation Wednesday was Wilson's touchdown celebration -- a backflip, which he unleashed three times last Sunday.

Wilson said he plans to keep doing flips. But some of his teammates aren't thrilled about it. (Click here to read more.)

Regardless of whether Wilson continues his post-TD acrobatics, he is suddenly a key factor in the Giants' fortune this season. He has come a long way since opening night on Sept. 5, when he committed a costly fumble in a loss to the Cowboys and landed in Coughlin's doghouse.

"That's a dramatic change," Wilson said, laughing. "I just kept sticking with it, being persistent, and trying to get better and better. And preparing each week like my number was going to be called."

It finally got called last Sunday, and he delivered.

"He's accepted any and every role that we've given him," said Coughlin. "He's always come to practice or to the meetings with an interest in trying to learn everything as fast as he possibly could.

"Someone asked me that the other night about his attitude, and his attitude has never changed. It's always been an aggressive, positive attitude."

And it's starting to pay off.

David Wilson receives honor from NFC

December, 12, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants rookie running back David Wilson has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, after his historic performance Sunday against the Saints.

Wilson became the first player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game. He had four kickoff returns for 227 yards (including a 97-yard touchdown return), and 13 carries for 100 yards (and two rushing touchdowns).

He also set a single-game franchise record with 327 total yards in the game.

Only three other players in NFL history have had two rushing touchdowns and a kickoff return touchdown in the same game: Washington's Andy Farkas (1939), Philadelphia's Steve Van Buren (1945), and Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew (2006).

Wilson is the first Giants kickoff returner to win this award since David Meggett in 1994.

Coach's decision: Run Wilson run?

December, 9, 2012
David Wilson's ascension to the No. 2 running back totaled a grand total of seven offensive snaps Monday. Or four more than Kregg Lumpkin, a running back who was signed that week.

The Giants have talked about wanting to give their first-round pick more of a chance to showcase his skills, but in their first chance to do so, they instead kept him on the bench. That raises this week's big coach's decision: Will this finally be the week to unleash Wilson?

The Saints are the worst rush defense in the league as they allow 153.8 yards per game. Each team runs it down their throats. Last Thursday, the Falcons rushed for 124 yards, 71 of which came on the first five runs of the game and resulted in a touchdown.

Last week, the Giants rode Ahmad Bradshaw and he responded with a 100-yard game, just his third of the season. It's understandable that the Giants wanted to go with the hot hand as well as the running back with the best pass protection skills. Doing that, though, exposes Bradshaw's nagging foot to even more duress in games, and also doesn't make defenses adjust to a different running back.

One thing that may help Wilson see some more snaps this week is the success Atlanta's No. 2 running back, Jacquizz Rodgers, had against the Saints last week. Rodgers, who has a similar build to Wilson and is a nightmare to tackle in open space, carried the ball eight times for 43 yards. Those aren't eye-popping statistics, but it shows that Rodgers had success in limited carries against the Saints.

Against the Saints, the Giants will look to run the ball just like every team has. It would seemingly be the perfect opportunity to give Wilson his shot as he would be facing a poor run defense and the opportunities will be there to New Orleans. If the Giants can't trust Wilson to carry the ball more than four times against the Saints, there's a good chance they won't trust him all year.

Wilson garners praise from coaches

December, 6, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- He only had seven snaps on offense, but David Wilson earned high marks from the coaching staff for his performance Monday against Washington.

"The coaches said I did good and I read my blocks well," the rookie said.

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Harry E. Walker/MCTDavid Wilson carried the ball four times Monday.
Wilson, the team's No. 2 running back now that Andre Brown is lost for the season with a broken leg, is going to get more opportunities to showcase why the team selected him in the first round of this year's draft. He carried the ball four times for nines yard against the Redskins.

"I was kind of expecting more (plays) but really I didn't know what to expect," Wilson said. "I'm just glad to be involved."

Despite being one of three running backs taken in the first round of the draft, Wilson has barely made a difference on offense this year. With his fumble in the opening game and the emergence of Brown as a goal-line back, Wilson became the odd man out in the running back rotation. Coaches talked about him not being able to handle all aspects of the job, specifically pass protection.

With Brown out, the team has to turn to Wilson for fear of putting too much of a burden on starter Ahmad Bradshaw, who has chronic foot issues. Monday, it didn't work out that way as Bradshaw played 55 snaps and Wilson and fellow back Kregg Lumpkin combined for 10. Wilson had seven offensive snaps; offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said it was because Bradshaw played well and how the game was playing out.

Giants head coach Tom Coughlin liked what he saw from Wilson on Monday.

"He ran hard and he showed that he can go in there and play, there's no question of that," Coughlin said. "He has learned, he has developed. We need that. We need to be able to count on a number of backs this time of year."

Wilson hopes he continues to see increased playing time. Thus far, he has been known more for his work on special teams.

"I've been contributing on special teams but at heart I'm a running back and I'm always going to be a running back," Wilson said. "Getting involved on offense is something I really want to do."

The Giants enter Sunday's game with the Saints needing a win to stay a game up in the NFC East. While Wilson may or may not play much, he believes the Giants will emerge victorious.

"Coach told us about how our first two visits down there weren't so nice. We want to welcome them to our town," Wilson said. "They're going to come up here, we're going to give them our best effort and we're definitely going to come out with a win because we have to."

Coughlin to Wilson: 'Ratchet it up'

November, 29, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Ready or not, it's David Wilson's time to showcase his skills in the aftermath of Andre Brown's broken fibula that will cost him the remainder of the regular season.

"Ratchet it up," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said Thursday of his expectations moving forward for the rookie running back. "He's ready to go."

With the team suddenly thin at running back, Coughlin has talked with Wilson about how he has to be prepared and ready to fill a larger role in the offense. The rookie had barely been used in the offense but that's likely to change even with the signings of Ryan Torain and Gregg Lumpkin.

"We’ve put a lot of responsibility on (other players') shoulders and it’s time for him. He’s a first-round draft choice, a talented kid," Coughlin said. "He got some plays the other night (against Green Bay), which was a good thing. We go from there."

With the addition of the new running backs, Wilson said it's helped him because he's having to answer questions from them about the offense which reinforces his knowledge. Late in last week's blowout of Green Bay, Wilson had six carries for 13 yards and caught one pass for five yards.

"I just want to be productive for the team and I have been doing my role on kickoff returns," Wilson said. "I just wanted to find a way to be productive and provide something for the team and I have been doing that.

The pair of new running backs had their first practices Thursday and Coughlin said it's a possibility that they could play this week.

Torain, who played with Washington for two seasons including last year, said he was training and playing seven-on-seven football in Chandler, Arizona to help him stay in shape. While he didn't latch on with a team until late in the year, Torain remained confident he'd be able to eventually sign with some team and dedicated himself to eating right and staying in good shape.

The running back started four games with the Redskins last year and rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown before being waived later in the year. He described his time in Washington as a "good opportunity," and believes he'll be ready if needed to face his former team . He added that he isn't able to give many pointers about Washington's offense.

"It will be an awesome first game back," Torain said. "First game back, that being my former team, I am excited to play against my old buddies. But it is definitely a game and I got to play my hardest."

Lumpkin, who was with Seattle earlier this year, actually had job offers outside of football during the past few months. One was from a mortgage company in Atlanta, but he decided to put off the business world to further his NFL career and sign with the Giants.

He was already practicing with the special teams unit Thursday and spent time in the pass protection meetings. Brown played special teams in addition to his goal-line duties.

Lumpkin said: "Just trying to learn as fast as possible and as much as possible."

Wilson on pass protection: Let me try

November, 19, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- David Wilson's pass protection came under fire last week from Giants offensive coaches, but the rookie isn't sure how the team would be able to come to such conclusions.

"They say those statements, but I haven't been put in the situation to see if I can pick up a blitz," Wilson said. "I don't know if it's from my college film or what that comes from. I'm just waiting for my opportunity to get out there."

Wilson has just 18 carries for 89 yards on the year, with team personnel saying he doesn't give the team enough as a pass protector.

"They see (the deficiencies). Maybe it's like I'm not firm enough in practice or something. I don't know," Wilson said. "(Running backs coach Jerald Ingram) knows how to evaluate and do his job. That's not my area. I'm the player, he's the coach. I still got leaning to do and growing to do as a player."

While the Giants' running game has struggled at times, the Giants have been reluctant to use Wilson. He fumbled on the second carry of his career, which cost him playing time, but rushed for a combined 79 yards and a touchdown against Cleveland and San Francisco in consecutive weeks in October. He has just three carries for two yards in the four games since.

When Ingram met with reporters Monday, the coach pointed out Wilson's weakness in pass protection while complimenting his speed. The rookie is also the team's kickoff returner.

"Yeah he’s explosive, but at what cost is he explosive?" Ingram said. "Is he explosive at the cost of not being able to protect well, not being able to know his job well enough being a pro? That all has to develop."

Wilson believes he hasn't missed on any blocks in practice since training camp, and said he's not far from the level the team wants him to be as a blocker.

"When you say show us more, do more, you wonder, 'Where?'" Wilson said. "I work hard in practice and do my plays when I'm in."

As he continues to find himself without much work each week, Wilson said the waiting process has made him hungrier.

"Week after week seeing guys go out there and being successful and have fun out there on the field, and you're just watching. You can just imagine how it feels," Wilson said. "Me, having such a high competitive level, that makes it that much harder."

Wilson 'very happy' for Martin's success

November, 10, 2012
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As Doug Martin and David Wilson were drafted back-to-back by the Buccaneers and Giants in the first round of the NFL Draft this year, the two will forever be linked together as their careers developed.

So far, Martin, who went 31st to the Buccaneers, has become the household name, especially in light of his 251 yards and four touchdowns he scored on the Raiders last week. Wilson, meanwhile, has emerged as a premier return man, but rarely runs the ball, with just 17 carries on the year.

Seeing Martin have this type of success as a rookie hasn’t made Wilson envious of the opportunities his fellow rookie has been offered this season.

“Him getting his carries on his team is him. So just cause he does something it’s not going to make me be like 'I want to be like Doug Martin,'” Wilson said. “He wants to be a great football player, I want to be a great football player and I hope everybody on this team wants to be great at their position. That’s when championships are won.

“You have to work hard and play your role and know what you go to do, and right now I’ve been doing that and working hard and playing my part on the team. Whatever they ask me to do, I’m ready to do.”

Wilson, who has 88 rushing yards this year, said he doesn’t keep tabs on Martin, or link their careers together, but he notices when a running back has the type of performance Martin did last week. His 251-yard game against Oakland is one of the best rushing performances in NFL history.

“Congratulations to him,” Wilson said. “That’s amazing to come in and have that great of an impact on the team. I was very happy for him.”

As Martin is running wild lately, Wilson is still bidding his time to try and get more involved in the offense. Since rushing for a combined 79 yards and a touchdown on nine carries against the Browns and 49ers, Wilson has just two carries for one yard in the last three games even as the running game has struggled. While Martin gets fed the ball consistently, Wilson barely gets his chance, although he didn't do himself any favors with his opening-night fumble.

“Not because he went out there and played good do I want to play good,” Wilson said. “I want to play good because I want to play good.”

While Wilson continues to be more of a threat on special teams, averaging 26.8 yards per kickoff return, he continues to work hard in hopes his number gets called. Giant offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said Wilson is getting better as the season has progressed.

“We try every week to unleash him, but again, you have to put guys in position to do what they’re capable of doing and not asking them to do something that they’re either going to struggle themselves or get somebody else in a difficult position,” Gilbride said. “We are trying to do whatever we can, we’re giving him chances with what we think he can handle.”