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Giants running back David Wilson has lofty goals

David Wilson runs the ball during a game

David Wilson runs the ball during a game against the New England Patriots at MetLife Stadium. (Aug. 29, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

David Wilson's list is up. The question is, is he up to the list?

The first-round draft pick said he begins every season by compiling goals and hanging them in his locker. This year, it's quite an ambitious tally for a backup running back.

Among the achievements he wants to check off are: Averaging 5 yards per carry, scoring 10 touchdowns, having at least one play of 20 or more yards per game, racking up six 100-yard rushing games, allowing no sacks and making it through the season with no fumbles.

Many players come into a season with goals but few are brave enough to spell those out publicly for fear of underachieving or setting too high a standard. Wilson said he has no such concern.

"When everybody else knows, it's just that much more that lets me know I've got to achieve it, and it puts that much more pressure on me," Wilson said. "And I kind of like that feeling."

Boley says he's ready

After missing almost all of the preseason, linebacker Michael Boley (hamstring) was limited in Saturday's practice. He said he expects to play against the Cowboys on Wednesday.

"As a competitor, I don't like to miss games, period," Boley said of weighing the risk of playing Wednesday with the 10 days before the second game and a chance to rest further. "Hopefully I'll be out there, and I look forward to it."

Giant steps

RB D.J. Ware, cut by the Giants on Friday, signed with the Buccaneers and will face his former team in Week 2 . . . Tom Coughlin addressed the decision to put CB Terrell Thomas (knee) and DT Shaun Rogers (blood clot) on season-ending IR: "We felt that in the best interest of the player and the team that this was the direction that we should go," he said. "It certainly is a difficult thing . . . Nevertheless, we have to think in the best long-term interest of not only the player but also the club." . . . CB Jayron Hosley (toe) said he practiced more than he expected Saturday with little soreness. Coughlin said his availability will be based on "pain tolerance" . . . Coughlin said CB Prince Amukamara (ankle) probably will not play against Dallas . . . LT Will Beatty (back), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back), DE Justin Tuck (shoulder), DE Osi Umenyiora (knee) and LB Mathias Kiwanuka (groin) practiced Saturday . . . The Giants claimed OT D.J. Jones off waivers from the Eagles and waived G Mitch Petrus.

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