New York Giants running back David Wilson hasn’t had it easy since being a first round pick in 2012. His early career has been marred with fumbling issues and a neck injury.
Before getting injured, he struggled to display the athleticism and speed he is know for and averaged only 3.3 yards per carry. He’s only had five plays of twenty yards or more. Now, he will have to continue to await medical clearance on his surgically repaired neck to fight for the starting job at running back.
He suffered the herniated disc on Oct. 6 and had his vertebrae fused on Jan. 6. A source told ESPN.com reporter Dan Graizano today, that the exam on Wilson’s neck did not show sufficient improvement, and he will continue to be held out of contact drills in OTAs and minicamp. Wilson expects to be cleared for full contact before the training camp next month. If he is not cleared, then the Giants will likely place him on the physically unable to perform list and, perhaps eventually, the injured reserve list.
Once the front runner to start in 2013 OTAs, Wilson must now watch as newly signed free agents like Rashad Jennings and Peyton Hillis and fourth-round draft pick Andre Williams fight for the starting reps. It’s sad to say, but the Giants should be fine without him. Jennings and Williams alone make for a deadly backfield duo. Though, of course, they could use a live wire like Wilson if the former Boise State standout can get heathy and reignite his career.
The Giants running back position will be one worth monitoring in upcoming weeks.