The biggest question mark about David Wilson going into this season remains his ability to pass block and keep Eli Manning safe so that he can film more funny commercials. But it’s really hard to tell how well he can do it until he faces opposing players who, unlike the Giants' defenders in practices, are looking to rip Eli’s head off.
Which is why Wilson remains a mystery, even to the Giants, with the season one month away from starting in earnest.
“David has worked diligently in learning the offense and being more confident about his job and from that standpoint he has a better awareness as far as what his job is,” running backs coach Jerald Ingram said Tuesday. “Now physical and that kind of thing, that will be tested this week. We’re looking forward to that and having an opportunity. We don’t have a true blitz drill here and that kind of thing where he needs more physical work and that kind of thing. But playing against a physical team such as Pittsburgh will be a very good test for him. We’re going to try and put him in as many situations as we can being the first game and as he grows through the games.”
Ingram said that a lot of pass protecting is summed up in two words: Want to.
“There are a lot of examples of guys that have done it,” Ingram said. “(Danny) Woodhead has done a great job for his size, so you’re showing players and Ray Rice and a lot of different players that have done a great job of being complete running backs. That’s where I have to do a better job of showing David and creating that 'want to' and that technique and the more he actually gets a chance to actually hit somebody, the better he’ll get. You only get better at doing. You can’t get better at not having an opportunity to actually hit somebody. So we’re going to give him as many hits and opportunities as we can.”
Does Wilson have the “want to”?
“I think the ‘want to’ is there,” Ingram said. “When he was in high school and in college … all they had to do was run. You come into the NFL and you’re not just a runner. You’re everything. You’re accountable to everyone and it’s a stepping stone for a lot of runners over the years and it’s just one area that he’s got to learn to get better at. But I won’t say he’s afraid to in any way. Not at all. The guy has got courage. He just has to learn how to.”