During Monday's team practice, New York Giants first-round pick David Wilson was spotted taking reps with the first team offense. Starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw suffered a contusion in his hand that kept him from participating fully in practice. The big question is: has Wilson passed D.J. Ware for the second string running back position?
Although Ware had an impressive outing in the first preseason game, his second game against the Jets was far from impressive. Now halfway through the preseason, David Wilson has led the team in rushing with 69 yards on 15 attempts averaging 4.6 yards per carry, while Ware has rushed for only 45 yards on 16 carries averaging 2.8 yards per carry, though he does have the team's only rushing touchdown.
There were two key plays that stood out in which Ware made a mistake. He missed his assignment on punt protection that resulted in a blocked punt, then later he dropped an easy screen pass. Though Ware had a subpar game, Coach Coughlin insists that is not necessarily the reason Wilson is working with the first-team offense in practice.
"Just the fact that he hasn't had those reps with the first group, and we want to take a look at that," Coughlin said. "This was scheduled. David's going to move up, and get some plays with the ones."
It is clear that Bradshaw will remain the primary ball carrier. He was active for practice Monday, but was held out for precautionary reasons. Wilson and Ware will continue battling to be Bradshaw's spell back in the last two preseason games. Wilson possesses speed that no other running back on the roster has which may give him the edge in the competition.
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