Tiki Barber knows a thing or two about the many running backs that have played for the New York Giants over the course of the franchise’s history. Barber really, really likes second-year running back David Wilson.
Wilson struggled in his rookie season last year after being the last selection in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. He’s poised to have a bigger role with the team in 2013 and Barber likes what he sees.
In fact, Barber says Wilson is as dynamic as any running back in Giants history via a quote obtained from NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling:
“He is as dynamic a player at that position that the Giants have ever had,” Barber said this week via ESPNNewYork.com. “… I didn’t have breakaway speed like he does. I wasn’t the athlete like he is. I worked hard to get where I was. As long as he doesn’t take that for granted and works hard on top of it, he can be fantastic.”
Barber’s praise is easy to agree with, even with Wilson’s struggles during last season. Wilson struggled to adapt to the NFL but has the blend of size and speed that could allow him to be an effective back in New York.
It’s high praise coming from a man in Barber who rushed for over 10,000 yards on his career and holds the franchise record as the career rushing leader.
Wilson has a lot to live up to as a first-round pick, but if Barber is to be believed, he’ll do just fine when he finally puts it all together.
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