NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS: It's David Wilson's Ball To Carry. He Just Needs To Run To Daylight Now.
The Giants backfield has been many things over the years. In recent history, they dabbled in Earth, Wind and Fire. Remember them? Even before those guys, came Thunder and Lightning? What we have heading into the 2013 season doesn't even amount to a thud and a flicker right now. Even Ron Dayne, in his unknown present state, can help the G-Men this season.
The days of the two and three headed monster are over. Welcome back to the age of monistic-style rushing. It worked with Joe Morris during the smash-mouth era, but I don't think this offensive line can manage that brand of play. Rodney Hampton was a one man gang under Dan Reeves. So, maybe there is hope for our second year running back who spent last season returning kicks. Isn't that the way Tiki Barber started? Oh right, at the time he ran behind the best offensive line in football.
Heading into this season, the Giants have a suspect offensive line and will be handing the ball off to one guy worth mentioning - David Wilson. After him, there are no real options. Even fullback Henry Hynoski will begin the season a compromised player. He is trying to return from ligament and knee issues. He was recently removed from the PUP list and may play in Sunday night's opener.
In a short time, David Wilson has taught us he can spot holes, exploit them with speed, and run for daylight. The question remains however, can he be a feature back in the NFL? At a minimum, is he ready to endure twenty-two carries a game, and take the pounding that comes along with it? At 5'9''and 205 pounds, we'll see.
Third and short situations already concern me. The ability to move the chains via the ground concerns me. And with a questionable tight end situation, Coach Gilbride's ability to maintain balance in his play calling, concerns me as well. Can Wilson be effective catching passes out of the backfield? This is all important unless we plan on having Nicks and Cruz make every critical play throughout the Giants season. That won't work, will it....
With Andre Brown out for the next six weeks or so, the Giants have Da'Rel Scott and Ryan Torain to fall back on - or just fall. Charles Way and D.J. Ware, they're not.