Wilson waiting for another opportunity

September, 27, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Who would have guessed that through three games, Andre Brown would be the Giants' leading rusher?

And, who would have guessed that first-round draft pick David Wilson would have just six carries for eight yards?

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"I’m just looking for my opportunity," Wilson said Thursday. "'Til then I'm just practicing hard, working hard, keeping my head up, learning everything I can."

Wilson was one of the most buzzed-about Giants in training camp this summer, tantalizing fans (and reporters) with his speed and athleticism. Big things were expected of him, as a change-of-pace back to complement entrenched starter Ahmad Bradshaw.

But then Wilson fumbled on just his second NFL carry, against the Cowboys on opening night. Coach Tom Coughlin benched Wilson for the rest of that game, and he's seen little action since.

Meanwhile, Brown was given first crack at replacing Bradshaw when he went down with a neck injury in Week 2, and has flourished, rushing for 184 yards and three touchdowns the past two weeks.

Wilson had hoped to get some of the carries Brown received. "We were supposed to be switching (back and forth), but that didn’t happen," Wilson said. "But you know, it’s just a matter of I guess getting the coach’s trust back, the offensive coordinator and et cetera. I mean, Dre, he’s been here for a while, he knows all the plays, and I guess they’ve got more confidence in him. And then he went out there and he definitely took advantage of his opportunity."

"If I was the coach," added Wilson, "I probably would have done the same thing."

Despite being a first-round pick, Wilson has had to wait his turn for playing time before. He didn't become a starter until his junior year at Virginia Tech. And when prompted on Thursday, he listed several players who were ahead of him on the depth chart in high school.

"I’m used to having to be patient," Wilson said. "And it’s not easy. But it’s not a story I haven’t read before."

Bradshaw will be back in the lineup Sunday against the Eagles. Brown is expected to get carries too, after his fine performances the past two games.

As for Wilson? Well, we'll just have to wait and see.

"There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll get my chance at some point," Wilson said. "But like I said, until that happens, I'm working hard and learning everything I can."
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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