Bradshaw on Wilson's readiness: "It'll take time"

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw, top,

New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw, top, leaps over Washington Redskins free safety Madieu Williams (41) for a first down during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Giants won the game 27-23. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (Credit: AP)

Ahmad Bradshaw returns to MetLife Stadium on Sunday night unsure of whether his primary replacement is up to the task just yet.

The Colts running back was released from the Giants this winter after a six-year career that included two Super Bowl rings. Second-year running back David Wilson has been penciled in as the Giants’ starting tailback.

“It’ll take time,” Bradshaw said of Wilson being ready for that role. “It took time for me. It just takes time with being comfortable, learning that offense. Once he does that he can kind of take over. He has the ability, he has the quickness.”

Of course Bradshaw hasn't been watching Wilson in training camp, so he really doesn't know how ready Wilson is. But he knows from experience that players do not simply jump into the Giants' offense and understand it all. It wasn’t until Bradshaw’s third NFL season that he became a fixture in the Giants’ backfield, and he didn’t start games regularly until 2010.

Bradshaw underwent foot surgery this offseason and was recently taken off PUP by the Colts but has not begun practicing with the team yet. He will, however, travel with his new squad for the preseason game on Sunday against his old squad.

“It’s an exciting time, just to be able to get back and get to see the guys, get back into Giants Stadium,” he said, adding that it’s been “strange” learning a new offense and wearing a new jersey and it is sure to be equally strange looking across the field at his old teammates on Sunday.

“I’ve been with the Giants for my whole career,” he said, “and never thought about it on the other side.”

Tags: David Wilson , Ahmad Bradshaw , Giants , Colts

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