It turns out David Wilson has two new jobs this week.
Not only has the rookie been promoted to backup running back with the loss of Andre Brown to a broken fibula, but he's taken on the responsibility of trying to get the two newest Giants -- running backs Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin -- up to speed in the offense they will be running while with the team.
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The second task is the ironic one because it was just two weeks ago that the Giants doubted whether Wilson had enough of a grasp on the schemes himself to see an increased role.
Now the student has become the teacher, even though he's still a student himself.
"I try to help and it also helps me because it's like I'm getting quizzed when they ask me questions about the protections," Wilson said Thursday. "They're keeping me on my toes if they know it or not."
"He was definitely there giving us little pointers on how to run the plays and the blocks and showing us examples," Torain said after his first Giants practice. "He's been very helpful."
On Monday against the Redskins, Wilson will be able to answer the questions that the Giants' coaches have had about him. Tom Coughlin said he's ready to go, if for no other reason than this: "He's got to go."
"We've had people that have had to step up in the past when situations like this have arisen," Coughlin said. "We've put a lot of responsibility on their shoulders and it's time for him. He's a first- round draft choice, a talented kid. He got some plays the other night, which was a good thing. We go from there."
Coughlin said he spoke with Wilson this week about just that. His message to the rookie was to "ratchet it up."
With Brown gone and starter Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) not practicing Thursday, Wilson took most of the first-team reps. He split time in the backfield with his new teammates/pupils.
Wilson has been attending after-practice quiz sessions for several weeks with fullback Henry Hynoski in which Hynoski drills him on looks and pickups. Now he's got two other players asking him the same questions. The difference between Hynoski and Torain and Lumpkin, though, is that Hynoski recognizes if Wilson gets the answer wrong. The other two have no way of knowing.
"I won't tell them wrong," Wilson said confidently.