- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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"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."
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