In a move that came as a surprise to no one, David Wilson has been named the New York Giants starting running back today. The 2012 first round pick by the Giants had 358 yards on 71 attempts last year. Wilson also had 4 receptions, 1 receiving touchdown and 4 rushing touchdowns. Wilson has been presumed to be the Giants starting running back after Ahmed Bradshaw was cut by the team this off-season.
Even though Wilson has been named the starter, it sounds as though head coach Tom Coughlin expects to use him in a platoon with Andre Brown.
“We expect [Wilson] to be our starter, and be in the backfield with Andre Brown, who had a terrific season going last year until he got hurt,” Reese said. “[Brown’s] had the injury bug a little bit since he’s been in the league. But if he can stay healthy, and David Wilson comes on like we expect him too, we think we can have a pretty dynamic backfield.”
The perception of Wilson is that he cannot block and has a problem with fumbles. If he expects to get more carries he will have to fix the problems that got him benched last season.
Still, Wilson has big play maker ability and the speed to turn any play into a big play.
In terms of a fantasy impact, Wilson should get plenty of yards but have his touchdown plundered from him in the red zone.