- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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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.
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."