Giants RB David Wilson has a total of 18 carries for 89 yards – 40 of which came on his lone touchdown run of the season. He was in on just two offensive plays Sunday against the Bengals, though head coach Tom Coughlin today said the team planned on playing him more but the game situation dictated otherwise.
Giants coaches rave about Wilson's explosive running ability; they've seen what he can do at practice and on Sundays during kickoff returns. But that isn't the issue. The problem remains the other aspects of becoming an NFL running back and gaining the coaches' trust.
Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said for running backs it’s about catching passes, it’s about blocking and it’s about being able to protect the quarterback. Blocking is often an area where young RBs struggle, but Wilson has also fumbled and dropped passes and seems to be stuck behind Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown, who have recently split carries with Brown getting goal line work. Wilson's value is pretty low and at this point it's tough to justify a roster spot for him unless you are holding out for the possibility of the banged up Bradshaw missing time.