David Wilson Fantasy News

Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 7:26pm

New York Giants - [Full Article]

Running back David Wilson, who was cleared on Monday for full participation in camp after undergoing a fusion of the vertebrae to repair the herniated disc in his neck in January, took reps with the second-team offense. He was making cuts like his old self and still looks like one of the most athletic players on the field.

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David Wilson (neck) cleared to play
Monday, July 21, 2014, 10:36am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Giants RB David Wilson, who had a follow-up appointment today to receive medical clearance on his surgically repaired spine, was given the green light, according to an announcement made by Wilson himself.

Fantasy Impact:

Wilson's return will put a dent in Rashad Jennings' ADP, which is fine by us. Jennings ADP has been creeping up, but Wilson's return should ensure that Jennings is around in the 5th/6th round on draft day. The Giants went out and signed Jennings to be their lead back, so we're envisioning Wilson in a change-of-pace role. He flopped as a RB1 last year and has never had the full trust of Tom Coughlin and Co. in pass protection or ball security.

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 7:50pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The optimism surrounding David Wilson's recovery from neck surgery continues to mount as we gallop toward training camp.

Echoing general manager Jerry Reese's comments last month, New York Giants co-owner John Mara said at a YMCA donation ceremony on Thursday that the team plans for Wilson to be ready to play.

"We expect him to be playing ... all signs are he'll be ready to go," Mara told reporters, per Newsday's Tom Rock.

Wilson, who seems to always find the ire of coach Tom Coughlin, could play a big role as the change-of-pace back the Giants lack -- if he can stay healthy. Doctors will re-examine his neck on Monday -- the same day the Giants report to training camp.

Fantasy Impact:

We expect Rashad Jennings to carry the load for the Giants. Wilson could become his primary backup if he's deemed fully healthy.

Giants RB David Wilson (neck) expected to be cleared for camp
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 10:07am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Giants GM Jerry Reese said on WFAN that RB David Wilson was expected to be ready come training camp.

“We brought in Rashad Jennings and he’s definitely a bell cow type of a running back – he can run it, he can catch it, he can block, he can do everything with it,” Reese said. “David Wilson is an explosive player, but first and foremost we’re concerned about his health.

“We do think all systems are go pretty much for him to be healthy and ready for contact during training camp. We held him out for spring, no contact at all, but unless he has a setback we expect to release him for full contact during the fall. Any time he touches the ball he can go the distance. In this West Coast Offense, we’ll try to get them ball to him in different ways and obviously he’ll help in the return game.”

Fantasy Impact:

Reese described Jennings as a 'bell cow' but also said that Wilson would be involved if/when he's cleared to play. We view Jennings as a solid fantasy RB2.

Friday, June 6, 2014, 10:39am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Giants RB David Wilson worked, again, in non-contact drills, primarily returns. Tom Coughlin said of Wilson's Wednesday diagnosis, "It's not a negative report as far as we're concerned. Probably right where it should be at this point." The hope remains that Wilson will be cleared for contact by the start of training camp next month, but until he is, he's not, and it can't be assumed he ever will be. Everyone's encouraged about Wilson right now, but they need to be 100 percent sure he's safe before they put him back on the field.

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 10:14am

Giants.com - [Full Article]

David Wilson’s wait continues, but today he took another significant step closer toward a full return to the football field.

The Giants’ third-year running back underwent another exam this morning – a CT scan - to gauge the progress on his surgically-repaired neck. And while Wilson wasn’t cleared for full participation, the exam revealed he is progressing to where that could occur next month.

“There has been significant progress and healing since David had the fusion,” said Dr. Russell Warren, the Giants’ team physician. “But the reality is it has only been four and one-half months since the surgery. We anticipate that when David is re-evaluated at the start of training camp he will be cleared at that point.”

David Wilson (neck) not yet cleared for contact
Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 11:02am

Mike Garafalo - [Full Article]

Giants RB David Wilson (neck) saw a doc today and will have another checkup right before the start of camp. Hope is he will be cleared then.

Fantasy Impact:

This seems like a setback for Wilson, who was hoping to get cleared today. Peyton Hillis, Michael Cox and rookie Andre Williams are currently competing for snaps/carries behind Rashad Jennings.

David Wilson (neck) has an MRI on Wednesday
Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 2:17pm

Ralph Vacchiano, Sulia - [Full Article]

David Wilson (neck) is scheduled for an MRI on Wednesday. He sounds sure he'll be cleared to play. "I don't even think about (the neck injury) when I’m out there," Wilson said last week. "I’m just doing everything normal. If you focus on that, it’s the wrong thing to focus on. I’m trying to focus more on building chemistry with my team and learning this playbook so we can have a better season than we did last year.

“I have no pain and there’s nothing I can do to make it better. But I want to express that I’ve never had any pain. I went home to my family and they were shocked to see me. On Memorial Day weekend, like, ‘Oh my God, is your neck…how is your neck?’ I never had any pain. I’ve been walking on my own, talking on my own, doing everything normal, running, exercising like regular. I want to express to everybody that I have never had any pain at all, zero percent. I’ve been healthy and doing well.”

Fantasy Impact:

If cleared, Wilson will compete with Peyton Hillis, Michael Cox and Andre Williams for carries behind Rashad Jennings.

Monday, June 2, 2014, 10:07am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Don’t sleep on Giants RBs Peyton Hillis or Michael Cox yet. Both have had solid springs so far and both will make a serious play for the No. 2 gig behind Rashad Jennings.

Fantasy Impact:

The assumption is that David Wilson or rookie Andre Williams will be Jennings' backup, but it sounds like Hillis or Cox could win the job. The uncertainty probably means that Jennings is locked in as the RB1.

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 2:05pm

Dan Graziano, Twitter - [Full Article]

Giants RB David Wilson says his next doctor appointment is Wednesday. He's hoping he can be cleared by doctors for contact then.

Fantasy Impact:

We're expecting Wilson to (at best) fill a change-of-pace role behind Rashad Jennings, who was terrific for the Raiders in a starting role last season.

David Wilson took part in non-contact OTA
Wednesday, May 28, 2014, 6:43pm

NY Giants - [Full Article]

The Giants are taking an optimistic wait-and-see approach with their former first-round draft choice David Wilson, who missed most of last season with a neck injury. However, the third-year running back was on the practice field for the first of 10 non-contact organized team activities (OTAs) on Wednesday at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Wilson worked on both special teams as a returner and in offensive drills, including taking this handoff from quarterback Josh Freeman.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a sign that Wilson is on track to return this season, though he still has to be fully cleared for contact. We would expect him to play behind Rashad Jennings.

David Wilson should be cleared for camp
Monday, May 12, 2014, 3:15pm

Ralph Vacchiano, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jerry Reese said he expects RB David Wilson to be cleared for contact by the start of training camp. He's already on the field, taking reps.

Fantasy Impact:

This is good news for Wilson and a bit concerning for Rashad Jennings, who is penciled in as the Giants starter. After his 2013 debacle, we don't expect Wilson to be anything more than a RB2 in 2014 barring an injury to Jennings.

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 2:51pm

Ralph Vacchiano, Twitter - [Full Article]

RB David Wilson "is on schedule to be back" this season, Giants GM Jerry Reese said. However his return would be a "bonus".

David Wilson expects to be ready for OTAs
Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 4:09pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

For Giants RB David Wilson, the hardest part has always been accepting the unknown.

He doesn't feel any pain in his neck, and never has. The only thing keeping him off the field are "pictures," or X-Rays that will show whether or not his spinal chord has fused properly following surgery in January.

He's not sure when that clearance will come, but has appointments for future MRI exams set up.

Nonetheless, he expects to be ready for offseason training activities, which begin in less than a month.

"For sure," he said. "I expect to. I want to."

He added: "We're just playing it by ear," he said. "I had the longest break out of anyone in this locker room. I'm just looking forward to getting back out with my teammates and competing. I love to compete. I'll always have that in me."

Fantasy Impact:

Given the negative comments by team officials in the last few weeks, we'll believe it when we see it. Wilson's return will certainly change the dynamic in the Giants' backfield, but for now we're expecting Rashad Jennings to be the clear RB1 with Wilson potentially rotating in as a change-of-pace back.

Giants signed Rashad Jennings to be the starter
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 11:02am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Giants beat writer Dan Graziano gives his take on the Giants backfield:

The Giants signed Rashad Jennings to be their starting running back. They believe he's ready at this stage of his career, after backing up guys like Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville and Darren McFadden in Oakland, to handle a starter's workload. They believe he can catch the ball for them out of the backfield, that he can grind out yards between the tackles and that he's capable of delivering a big play. Assuming he picks up the blocking schemes and can help in pass protection, he's their guy.

That said, Wilson is still on the team, and if the 2012 first-round draft pick shows he's recovered from neck surgery, there is surely going to be a role for a player with his skills. The Giants are hearing good things about Wilson's recovery, but they know they can't count on him, so they signed Jennings and brought back Peyton Hillis in order to construct a backfield in case Wilson can't be a part of it.

I think their plan is for Jennings to get the bulk of the carries with Hillis as his backup, and if they are pleasantly surprised by Wilson's health and availability, they will find ways to work him into the offense. If healthy, he offers a lot.

Fantasy Impact:

Jennings was the #6 RB from Week 9 to Week 15 (when he was playing starter’s snaps for the Raiders) and that included a missed game against the Jets in Week 14. The team still believes in David Wilson, but Jennings is fully capable of winning the RB1 job outright. The Giants had a very difficult time running the ball in 2013, so they need to sort out the offensive line as well. Still, Jennings is a three-down back and has a relatively clear path to a starting gig. For a closer look at Jennings' potential workload and production, click here.