Sunday, August 4, 2013
David Wilson still wants to return kickoffs
By Dan Graziano
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The first New York Giants depth chart of training camp, released Friday, listed David Wilson and Andre Brown as co-starters at the running back position. With former starter Ahmad Bradshaw having left for Indianapolis via free agency, the backfield carries are up for grabs, and Wilson -- the team's 2012 first-round draft pick -- knows he's got a good shot to get the bulk of them.
But just because he might be the Giants' starting running back doesn't mean Wilson wants to give up his job as the team's primary kickoff returner.
"I definitely want to do it," Wilson told me before Giants practice here last Thursday. "I really got passionate about those kickoff returns, so I want to be back there."
Wilson led the NFL last year with 1,533 kick-return yards and ranked sixth with an average of 26.9 yards per return. There has been some speculation that he might have to give up at least some of his kick-return duties if he takes on a larger role in the offense, but he's determined to do what he can to fight against that.
"It's just about being in shape," he said. "Because I know I've got a real good chance of being the starter (at running back) and getting more carries. So you've got to be in shape to take those kick returns 60 yards and then stay on the field and run the next play if it's a toss sweep or something. So I'm jogging around in practice, running around and making sure I'm in shape to make sure I can handle that, because it's something I really want to do."
At 22 years old and entering his second NFL season after collecting only 71 carries in his first, I imagine the double-duty is something Wilson can handle at this point in his career.