For five years, New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw had been the student; Brandon Jacobs the teacher. The two developed an incredibly close, almost brother-like bond. But now, with Jacobs a member of the San Francisco 49ers, it's Bradshaw's turn to step up and assume the role teacher. It's a role he's embracing, telling Michael Eisen of Giants.com he's anxious to help mold 2012 first-round draft choice David Wilson into a superstar.
“I plan on using him as my project,” Bradshaw said. “He’s a very talented running back and he’s from Virginia. Two Virginia guys in this running back corps is going to be dangerous. I expect to use him as my project to get him better, to get him smarter and just to mature him a little bit, just to help him understand the NFL.”
Hopes are already quite high for Wilson, whom General Manager Jerry Reese referred to as a "bulldog" during an interview with Mike Francesa on Monday afternoon. Perhaps with a little tutelage from Bradshaw, the rookie can help make an immediate impact. At least that's what the team is hoping for.
"You don’t have to worry about school and grades and different things. Now it’s just straight football. You worry about this playbook and doing the right things, so when it comes time for you to make a play or come out to practice and be in the right position," Bradshaw added. "Coming in you have a lot of different things going through your head and you’re trying to make the coaches happy, meeting new teammates. You worry about a little bit of everything when you first come in. That’s why it’s a good thing to come in and just be level-headed and be ready to learn.”
Wilson is a level-headed, respectful, courteous guy. He was the first player in history to wear a suit and tie to the NFL Combine and has not had so much as a partial hiccup off the field. He's a tremendous fit for the Giants' locker-room, and should jump right in and ready himself for football. It's hard to imagine a scenario where he becomes too overwhelmed to participate or grasp the things he needs to learn.
Reese has said time and again that Wilson topped their big board at pick #32, and in only a few short days, as rookie mini-camp (May 11-13) gets underway, hopefully we'll all see why.
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