Giants to showcase 1st-round pick Wilson vs Bears

For the first time since the Super Bowl champion New York Giants

reported to training camp, first-round draft pick David Wilson is

nervous.

It’s not the nervousness associated with the fear of failing,

the running back from Virginia Tech is just excited heading into

the third week of the preseason.

With veteran starter Ahmad Bradshaw limited by a bruised right

hand, Wilson has been getting the majority of carries with the

first team at practice. It doesn’t mean he is going to start

against the Chicago Bears on Friday night at home, but it is a very

good indication he is going to get the ball a lot.

”Each week I look at it as an opportunity to prove yourself and

move up on the depth chart,” Wilson said Tuesday after practice.

”This week, they moved me up tremendously and are giving me a

shot, so you definitely want to take advantage of that.”

The 32nd pick in the draft, Wilson came into training camp

behind Bradshaw on the depth chart, and is probably heavily favored

to beat out veteran D.J.Ware as the No. 2 back.

Wilson hasn’t disappointed the Giants (No. 3 in the AP Pro32).

After two preseason games, he leads the team in rushing with 69

yards on 15 carries, a 4.6 yard average.

Most of his yardage has come against the second and third teams

of Jacksonville and the Jets, so this will be his chance to

showcase himself against a front-line defense.

”I just want to go out there and be productive with the

first-team offense and show I deserve more with the first-team

offense,” said Wilson, who rushed for a school-record 1,709 yards

with the Hokies last season. ”I’m a rookie and I’m learning, and

the running back protecting the quarterback is a big role. They’re

not going to put you out there until they know you know your role

and you’ve proven you’re ready.”

Wilson gave an indication that he could be trusted when he

picked up a Jets’ blitz against David Carr last weekend. With

two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning at quarterback this week, the

pressure will be greater.

Manning is eager to see Wilson play, adding this will be a great

learning experience for him.

”I thought he runs hard,” Manning said. ”He runs and lowers

his shoulder and delivers a powerful punch. That’s his style. That

powerful running back is kind of a New York tradition. Even though

he is not considered the big back that the Giants have been known

for, he still runs hard, like a lot of running backs here do.”

Wilson liked the compliment, but said there is more to his

game.

”I just go play,” he said. ”I don’t look at one aspect of my

game and focus on that. I try to be a back that can do everything.

When I am on the field, I just go play.”

During the opening days of training camp, Bradshaw said Wilson

was making too many moves when running instead of picking a hole

and going straight into it.

Wilson smiled when asked about it, saying he hasn’t changed his

style. His knowledge of the offense is better, though.

”I know the playbook more, so I know what to expect a little

bit,” he said. ”When I first got here I barely knew the playbook

and the plays, and I just knew enough that the coaches would say

`messing up’ and start screaming at me. When you get more into

detail in the playbook and know what you are doing, you can become

more of yourself.”

If Wilson is anything like last year, the Giants, who had the

NFL’s worst rushing offense, are going to love him. He rushed for

100 yards in 10 of 14 games and scored nine touchdowns on the

ground.

”He has definitely got people excited with what he has done,”

guard Chris Snee said. ”To go against a first-team defense,

especially the Bears, a very good defense, will be a good test for

all of us and also for him.

Wilson said the key is not to try to do too much.

”In my position in this league you can’t go out there and try

to make the big play all the time, at least I’m not comfortable to

go out there and do it now,” Wilson said. ”You can turn a bad

play into a worse play by always trying to have the greatest

play.”

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