<
>

Coach's big decision: Is Wilson ready?

12/2/2012

The loss of running back Andre Brown to a broken fibula is no small blow to the Giants.

Brown had 385 yards rushing and was averaging 5.3 yards per carry as a complementary back to Ahmad Bradshaw. And he was particularly effective in the red zone, with eight touchdowns -- tied for the team lead with Victor Cruz.

Is rookie David Wilson ready to step into that complementary role? And, is Tom Coughlin ready to give it to him? We'll find out Monday night.

Wilson has just 24 carries for 102 yards through the first 12 weeks of the season. We all know how explosive he looked during the preseason, but we all remember his fumble in Week 1 against the Cowboys, too.

Coughlin's biggest concern: Will Wilson be able to help protect Eli Manning when the pass rush is bearing down on him? Can he pick up the blitz?

Speaking of Bradshaw, back in 2007 -- his rookie season -- he received just six total carries through the first 15 weeks of the season. But in Week 16, with Derrick Ward out with an ankle injury, Coughlin finally gave Bradshaw his opportunity. In a 38-21 win over the Bills, Bradshaw got 17 carries and rushed for 151 yards -- including an 88-yard touchdown scamper.

Wilson is capable of big plays like that, too -- if he has earned the coach's trust.