David Wilson Fantasy News

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.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014, 9:39pm

Ralph Vacchiano, Sulia - [Full Article]

Tom Coughlin says he's "counting on" RB David Wilson this year, but can he? "Just pray," Coughlin said. "All in due time with David. Just pray. You’re praying that he has a return to excellent health and that the doctors are totally convinced that he is recovered and ready to go. When that time comes, you’ll have another contributor who, if he gets a step, he’s gone.

“I’m counting on him, but I am not going to put him in any circumstance until it’s an absolute that he’s 100 percent. I’m not going to mess with that one.”

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 9:01am

Jordan Raanan on Twitter - [Full Article]

Giants coach Tom Coughlin: "I'm planning that [David Wilson] is there until they tell me different." Said it may just be in different capacity.

Fantasy Impact:

Wilson is coming off a neck injury and it seems like the team could turn to Rashad Jennings as their lead back. Turnovers, injuries and bad luck have really changed the outlook of the once-promising Wilson...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 8:58am

Jordan Raanan on Twitter - [Full Article]

Giants coach Tom Coughlin says the more they watched RB Rashad Jennings, the more they liked.

Fantasy Impact:

The tweet noted that the team thinks he's an 'all-purpose player' and that he's very good at screens, which leads us to believe he could potentially be a three-down back. That's something Peyton Hillis is not, and David Wilson, who is coming off a neck injury, has yet to prove. Jennings could be in store for a big workload in 2014.

Beat: Rashad Jennings expected to take over RB1 job
Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 10:52am

NY Daily News - [Full Article]

The line in front of Eli Manning will undoubtedly be stronger after a miserable season that saw him constantly under pressure. And the rebuilding of the line should also thrill the soon-to-be 29-year-old Rashad Jennings, who gained 733 yards in 15 games (eight starts) with the Raiders last season. He figures to take over as the No. 1 back — a role he’s never had for a full season in four years in the NFL — and will split time either with David Wilson, if he recovers enough from neck surgery, or Peyton Hillis, who agreed to re-sign with the Giants on Tuesday for two years and $1.8 million.

Fantasy Impact:

Rashad 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.

Rashad Jennings agrees to terms with Giants
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 5:17pm

Rashad Jennings, Twitter - [Full Article]

Rashad Jennings has apparently agreed to terms with the Giants: "Flying to the Big Apple tonight! Looking forward to signing the dotted lines with Giants."

Fantasy Impact:

Rashad 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 offers terrific insurance. It wouldn't be a shock if he wins the RB1 job outright, though the Giants had a very difficult time running the ball in 2013. Jennings' ADP will be somewhat dependent on Wilson's status.

'No reason' to believe David Wilson won't play in 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014, 10:57am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Giants beat writer Dan Graziano on RB David Wilson: "A source close to the situation told me this week that Wilson is recovering very well from his neck surgery, lifting weights and working out and that there's 'no reason to believe he won't be playing' in 2014."

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants RB situation could once again be muddled heading into the 2014 season. Andre Brown is a free agent and Wilson is coming off of neck surgery. Until a pecking order is established, this is probably a situation to avoid at this point.

David Wilson to have neck surgery on Jan. 16
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 4:41pm

Ralph Vacchiano, Twitter - [Full Article]

Here are the details on David Wilson's surgery: He'll have a fusion of the vertebrae to repair the herniated disc in his neck on Jan. 16.

Fantasy Impact:

Wilson is expected to return to football, though the Giants aren't counting on him to be their starter in 2014.

Giants interested in re-signing Andre Brown
Thursday, January 2, 2014, 10:55am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Giants RB Andre Brown, who had almost 600 all purpose yards in eight games, is an impending free agent who has been measured about his future plans. After being involved in more than a dozen league transactions already, cut and signed by five different teams, Brown knows not to get his hopes up.

As he left the facility on Monday, though, he told The Star-Ledger he would be willing to get a deal done with the Giants as soon as possible. According to a person familiar with the situation, the team has already expressed interest in retaining the running back for next season.

Fantasy Impact:

David Wilson's long-term health is a question mark, so the Giants would be wise to lock up Brown to an affordable deal.

Monday, December 30, 2013, 1:09pm

Ralph Vacchiano on Twitter - [Full Article]

Brandon Jacobs says he's undecided about playing next year, but he'll need four months of recovery time from his knee surgery.

Fantasy Impact:

It doesn't seem likely that Jacobs would return to the Giants, but the team will need to keep Andre Brown and David Wilson on the field first.

Thursday, December 26, 2013, 11:48am

NY Daily News - [Full Article]

There are some people who think Giants RB David Wilson should never play again because of his neck injury, though he apparently is determined to try. Still, betting on him is risky. Same with Andre Brown, who has spent half of each of the last two seasons on injured reserve.

Fantasy Impact:

The Giants' backfield is likely to look a good bit different heading into the 2014 season. Brown is very capable but has a long injury history. The G-Men are likely to draft/sign another RB this offseason in case Wilson can't play.

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Giants 'doubt' that David Wilson needs surgery
Friday, November 8, 2013, 12:01pm

NY Daily News - [Full Article]

Giants RB David Wilson injured his neck on Oct. 6 in a game against the Eagles, and was later diagnosed with a herniated disc and spinal stenosis. It was initially thought he’d miss 3-4 weeks, but he was reevaluated on Monday and team doctors declined to clear him to play.

There remains at least a possibility that Wilson’s condition will be career-ending, though sources say the Giants still are hoping their 2012 first-round draft pick will be able to return next season.

Asked if Wilson will need surgery on his neck, Tom Coughlin said, “I doubt that.” A team source said nothing has been determined yet and more won’t be known until Wilson’s neck is reevaluated by doctors again in “several weeks.”

“I don’t know what to think (long-term) because it’s obvious that medically there’s no green light,” Coughlin said. “So we’re still in a holding pattern, believing that he’s going to get better.”

Fantasy Impact:

It was a lost season for Wilson, who came into the season as a breakout RB but never really got going. He finally scored his first touchdown against the Eagles in Week 5 and then promptly injured his neck. Andre Brown looks like the back to own in the Giants' backfield, but Peyton Hillis is expected to get the start in Week 10.

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David Wilson likely headed to IR
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 11:47am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

With running back Andre Brown due to return at 4 p.m. today from the short-term injured reserve list, the likely roster move to free a space will be running back David Wilson heading to injured reserve, according to multiple people briefed on the matter.

Wilson, the team's 2012 first-round pick, injured his neck against the Eagles back on Oct. 6 and has not returned to action since.

A follow-up MRI earlier this week revealed significant progress, but he was not green lit by the training staff to return. The area of concern still lies around the herniated disc as it pertains to a case of spinal stenosis, a chronic injury that Wilson was diagnosed with following a trip to a specialist after the initial injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Wilson is droppable at this point. We feel Andre Brown has the most upside in the Giants' backfield, but Peyton Hillis is expected to get the start in Week 10 as the team eases Brown back into the fold.