As the NY Daily News puts it, the New York Giants wanted to have “David Wilson providing the lightning and Andre Brown providing the thunder” in a two-back system. Brown has been injured however and that means an expanded role for David Wilson with Da’Rel Scott likely to see some action as the back up.
“We’ll play it by ear,” offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said. “Da’Rel is going to play, there’s no question about that.”
In the final preseason game Da’Rel Scott carried the ball four times for 25 yards and Gilbride thinks he can handle the back up role.
“I thought he showed as much of a physical presence in the running game that you’d like to see,” Gilbride said. “You know he’s got the speed. And you know that if there’s a hole there he’s going to exploit that and he’s got a chance speed-wise to go the distance. No one’s going to catch him. But I think we were waiting to see that dynamism. I thought he did.”
Da’Rel understands the opportunity in front of him.
“I have a huge opportunity to let the organization know that we don’t have to bring nobody in,” he said. “I’ve just got to prove to them that I deserve to be here.”
The Giants were working out other running backs this week. He might not get many opportunities to prove his worth.
“Whenever the ball’s in my hand, I want to make plays and be smart with it and protect the ball,” Wilson said. “And when the ball’s not in my hands I want to do things like run my right routes, catch the ball, protect the quarterback — all the things I need to do.”