David Wilson Finally Cleared to Play
The New York Giants received some fantastic news on Monday, as third-year running back David Wilson was finally officially cleared to resume all football activities.
Wilson has slowly been recovering from a neck injury that sidelined him in week six of the 2013 NFL season and had also put his young career in serious jeopardy. Wilson had worked his way back to full strength over the course of the offseason and was merely awaiting final clearance.
Wilson let it be known that his career is indeed still going on, as he tweeted his return to the gridiron on his Twitter account, saying, “Just got cleared…cleared for everything…now the story continues.”
The story continues, indeed. Exactly how that story unfolds may not necessarily be completely up to Wilson, however, despite his encouraging medical clearance.
The G-Men took the proper steps to ensure they didn’t have a ravaged offensive backfield again like they did a year ago, and went out and signed free agent Rashad Jennings and drafted rookie running back Andre Williams. The team also retained free agent Peyton Hillis to give them a complete stable of healthy, talented running backs.
If the season started today Jennings would be the team’s starter, as some in the Giants’ organization have referred to him as a “bellcow” type of back that can “do it all”. Wilson should figure into the offense’s plans to a certain degree, but may be restricted to more of a change of pace role. While Wilson’s exact offensive role is yet to be determined, it’s probably a safe bet he will try to make an impact on returns. That’s where Wilson largely made a name for himself as a rookie in 2012 when he racked up over 1,500 kick return yards.
Wilson should also expect to face some competition from Williams and Hillis, but ultimately can be penciled in as Jennings’ top backup. Wilson does have some flaws as a blocker and has had issues taking care of the football, but he’s much more advanced and more versatile than Williams, while also being a vastly superior talent to Hillis.
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