A week after David Wilson's position coach publicly spelled out the reasons the first-round pick is not playing a larger role in the Giants' offense, Wilson is starting to scratch his head over what he has to do to get some work.
"I didn't hear what he said, but I've been wondering why I'm not getting somewhat involved," Wilson said. "You'd think there could be some aspect or way I can contribute on the offense. But the coaches have their own plan and they know the perfect time to put me in there."
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The answer so far has been not yet. Wilson has only 18 carries in his first 10 games and has yet to play more than two snaps in a row. Running backs coach Jerald Ingram said Wilson needs to develop into an all-around running back before he can get on the field. Ingram said Wilson needed to "grow up" and "be a man" and "learn to be a pro."
"I think now it's all about getting me out there and seeing what I can do," Wilson said, showing a whiff of frustration for the first time. "It's one thing to talk about it and practice it, but until you actually get the opportunity to be on the field, you can't really show it."
Ingram addressed that conundrum last week, too, noting there is no real chance to test Wilson except for the games, and those snaps are too valuable to waste on experimentations. Wilson said he hasn't missed a blitz pickup in practice since the end of training camp and is struggling to find ways to prove himself.
"When they say show more and do more, you wonder 'Where?' '' he said. "I work hard in practice and do my plays when I'm in . . . I'm just waiting for my opportunity."
"Week after week, I see guys go out there and be successful, and, just watching, you can just imagine how it feels," said Wilson, the 32nd overall pick out of Virginia Tech. "Me, having such a high competitive level, that makes it that much harder."