David Wilson remains patient, as usual
Giants fans have been clamoring for another glimpse of their team’s first-round pick.
Giants coaches are pushing the young running back to absorb the offense and prove himself.
Giants teammates are providing reassuring words and stories of their own obstacles as first-year players, relaying tales of limited roles and mistakes that haunt.
Giants running backs are getting injured, being replaced, taking advantage of opportunities.
But David Wilson, the player all of those actions and sentiments and dynamics revolve around, remains calmly patient. He’s not worried that entering this game against the Eagles he had just six carries for eight yards in three games, or that he looks up from the bottom of the depth chart and sees a pile of players on top of him like he’s been stuffed by a goal line stand. It turns out he’s already been in very similar situations at Virginia Tech and in high school.
“I’m used to having to be patient,” he said. “It’s not easy, but it’s not a story I haven't read before.”
Wilson came into the season as the team’s No. 2 running back, a substantial part of the gameplan against the Cowboys in the opener. Then he fumbled the second handoff he was given in the first quarter and was removed from the offense.
“We all know how that went after that,” Wilson said, who would not say how many carries he was expecting to get in that game beyond “more than two.”
Now it seems he's the third option behind Bradshaw and Andre Brown. Of course you don’t draft a running back in the first round to have him complement someone. Eventually, Wilson will get back on the field and be given another opportunity to become a factor.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll get my chance at some point," Wilson said. “But like I said, until that happens, I’m working hard and learning everything I can.”
And applying some things he’s learned at previous stops. Wilson may have had to be patient in high school and at Virginia Tech before he earned his place in the spotlight, but once there he did pretty well.
“I left with the records (from) both of those places,” Wilson said, “so it’s paid off.”