Notebook: Gilbride sees Wilson's potential

May, 11, 2012
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It’s still very early and there’s a lot ahead of David Wilson in his rookie season.

But so far, off the first day of rookie camp, Kevin Gilbride seemed to like what he saw out of the Giants’ first-round pick.

Wilson was quick, hit holes hard and seemed to have little problem catching passes during drills. But what may be most impressive is what Gilbride had to say about Wilson.

When asked if Wilson is more of a finesse or power runner, the offensive coordinator described the way the Virginia Tech product runs and it sounded a lot like Ahmad Bradshaw.

“He is not a big guy so he is a finesse guy,” Gilbride said. “He is a very determined runner. He looks for every yard, fighting for every yard, breaks a lot of tackles. Probably breaks a little more tackles than you would think he is capable of just looking at him. And then combine that with phenomenal speed.”

“Now whether or not he can do that up at this next level remains to be seen,” Gilbride added. “But he looks, no question, that if there is a hole, he is going to get through it and give you a chance to make some big plays. Now what you go to see is the wiggle and make some guys miss.”

DAY ONE HIGHLIGHTS: Wilson showed some burst attacking some holes and looked shifty as well. However, there was one run where the rookie got caught running sideways on the left with nowhere to go as he tried to make something out of nothing. Gilbride said Wilson probably was just trying to impress the coaching staff… Second-round pick Rueben Randle started off slow with a bobbled catch as he went out of bounds along the sideline but got more comfortable as the practice went on and beat third-round pick Jayron Hosley deep down the right side for a touchdown pass from Ryan Perrilloux… Undrafted rookie wide receivers David Douglas (Arizona) and Julian Talley (UMass) both made some nice catches. Talley, wearing No. 3 like fellow UMass product Victor Cruz did before making the team as an undrafted rookie, beat Hosley for one deep catch but Hosley slipped and seemed to aggravate an injury. Hosley sat out the last 10 minutes or so of the second practice of the day… Tight end Adrien Robinson certainly looks big and athletic, making an impressive catch on a high pass over the middle during the morning practice. In the afternoon practice, Robinson had a nice catch over the middle before running down the right sideline for a 15-yard gain but Gilbride pointed out that the pass was intended for another receiver and Robinson actually ran the wrong route… Tight end Christian Hopkins looks agile and also had a few nice catches in drills… Perrilloux continued to show off a very strong arm… FB/RB Joe Martinek of Rutgers was used quite a bit at running back during the non-contact practices. He showed versatility and some quickness but needs to bulk up if he is going to play fullback… Seventh-round pick Markus Kuhn did not participate in practices due to a non-football related laceration on his leg… The Giants announced that registration is open for the NYRR New York Giants Run of Champions 5K and Walgreens Walk, presented by Walgreens and Duane Reade. The run and walk is on June 24 starting at 9 a.m. in the MetLife Stadium parking lot and continues on the roadways before finishing in the north end zone of MetLife Stadium. Fans can register at www.nyrr.org/run-with-us/ny-giants-5k.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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