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David Wilson cleared, ready for takeoff

New York Giants running back David Wilson walks

New York Giants running back David Wilson walks off the field at the end of practice on the third day of minicamp in East Rutherford, N.J., on Thursday, June 19, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

David Wilson showed the doctors what they wanted to see. Now he's ready to do the same for a different audience.

"I think the fans really want to see me prosper this year, and my teammates as well," the running back said Monday after being cleared to fully participate in Giants training camp after offseason neck surgery. "I've been waiting for that moment and I think it's time."

His first two seasons have featured quick glimpses of his ability but no sustained success. He's been in and out of Tom Coughlin's doghouse for fumbling issues and played in only five games last year before the neck injury sidelined him.

Now the 2012 first-round pick will have to carve out a place for himself in a running back group that was built with the idea that he might not be back.

"It's just bonus bodies," he said of the crowded backfield.

The biggest bonus is Wilson himself after what could have been a career-ending injury.

"He is a special athlete," Eli Manning said. "He does have a lot of great skills and we have to figure out a way to get the ball in his hands and let him make some plays."

Coughlin said Wilson will be eased back into action, but Wilson said he expects to jump right in without any precautions or even extra equipment to protect the neck.

"The doctor said that I was good to go," Wilson said of Monday's exam. "I'm back to normal. I can play regular football with no special equipment, no medication or anything else . . . That was the best news I'd gotten in a while."

Giant steps

LB Jon Beason (foot) was the only Giant placed on the PUP list at the start of training camp. WR Mario Manningham (knee) and LT Will Beatty (knee) will be limited, but they participated in Monday's conditioning run. G John Jerry (knee) also will be limited at first. He did not participate in the run . . . The Giants added G John Sullen to replace the retired Chris Snee on the 90-man roster . . . WR Kris Adams was waived after failing his physical . . . The Giants' first practice of training camp will be held at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday. It is free and open to the public.

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