Friday, September 21, 2012
A look back: Wilson waits for opportunity
By Ohm Youngmisuk
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- With the emergence of Andre Brown, rookie David Wilson has been an afterthought in the offense.
The team's first-round pick played just four offensive snaps during Thursday night's 36-7 win over Carolina. Wilson saw just one carry for minus-2 yards and had one catch for three yards. Da'Rel Scott played nine snaps in the blowout.
Wilson got six snaps during Sunday's win over Tampa Bay. While it appears Wilson is still in the doghouse for his fumble in the season opener, head coach Tom Coughlin says Wilson's time will come. The rookie still needs to progress.
"A guy that is taken first round, much is expected," Coughlin said. "David is going to have many opportunities."
Brown's emergence, though, has earned him the backup spot to Ahmad Bradshaw when Bradshaw (neck) returns. The Giants could use the two backs as their one-two punch, with Wilson perhaps as a change-of-pace option on a handful of carries.
"There is no assessment of what Andre is doing versus what David is doing," Coughlin said. "David's contribution is going to be such (that) there is a little more to go in terms of his learning curve. So as he continues to do that and develop, he is going to have to take his place here (eventually).
"In our history here, it's been not one (running back). You're always in need of at least two," Coughlin added. "And one year that we had a lot of success, we had three."
The Killer B's: After seeing what Brown and wide receiver Ramses Barden can do when given the opportunity, Coughlin was asked if the two have earned roles on the offense even when starters Hakeem Nicks and Bradshaw return.
"I think there's a place for everybody," Coughlin said. "It's a long stretch. That's being proven right now ... in the third game of the year."