All things considered, it's been a relatively quiet offseason for New York Giants rookie running back David Wilson. Since being drafted in the first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, he's made few public appearances and done very little in the way of drawing off-field attention. And as he tells Pat Traina of Inside Football, that's because he needs to be prepared to contribute when called upon by head coach Tom Coughlin.
"I want to learn the playbook, I want to keep myself in the best possible shape because when camp starts, I need to be ready to go," Wilson said. "They drafted me to come in here to make plays, not mess them up."
Wilson is often praised for being a tremendously hard worker with an incredible attitude, and he's already demonstrated that thoroughly. During a down time in which many NFL athletes, both veterans and rookies, are finding themselves in trouble with the law, Wilson has found himself quietly preparing for the next big chapter in his life.
"I just want to go out there, be on the field, and contribute to the team in some way. One step at a time," he added.
Following rookie mini-camp, several of Wilson's teammates and coaches were quick to praise him. Not just because of his work ethic, but because of his unique athletic ability that offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride called "explosive." Quarterback Eli Manning also raved about how quickly he was picking up the offense and playbook, but cautioned that Wilson may not see the field until he had a full grasp on everything the team was doing offensively.
Earlier this month, ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk speculated that D.J. Ware had the inside track on the job to back-up Ahmad Bradshaw, and obviously nothing has changed since then. If Wilson is to earn more reps and an increased role, it's going to happen at Training Camp in Albany which begins (first practice) on July 27th.
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