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New York Giants Rookie Running Back David Wilson Sets Lofty Goals for 2012

September 2nd, 2012 at 6:30 AM
By Dan Benton

Since high school, running back David Wilson has written out a list of goals he aims to achieve for the upcoming season. Now in his first year with the New York Giants after being drafted in the first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft, he aims to continue that tradition. On Saturday, he shared his list of goals … and he didn't hold back in what he wants to accomplish.

Wilson's rookie tally includes: averaging 5.0 yards per carry, rushing for 100 yards in a game at least six times, having at least one play of 20 yards or more in every game, scoring 10 touchdowns, losing no fumbles and allowing no sacks.

If Wilson is able to reach every goal he's set for himself, it's likely he'll win Rookie of the Year. That's a lot of pressure to put on oneself, especially under the bright lights of New York.

"When everybody else knows, it’s just that much more that lets me know I’ve got to achieve it, and it puts that much more pressure on me," Wilson said. "And I kind of like that feeling."

Former New York Giants running back Derrick Ward, who rushed for over 1,000 in 2008, had a warning for Wilson about going public with his goals.

"Tell the youngster good luck with those goals, but remind him how NYC is if you don't achieve them!" Ward tweeted.

New York is an unforgiving place, but it's unlikely anyone is going to hold Wilson to the same standards he's holding himself for his rookie season. Then again, if he ends up performing like the Giants' previous first-round running back, then things could get a little ugly.

Photo credit: Mike Gannon

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15 Responses to “New York Giants Rookie Running Back David Wilson Sets Lofty Goals for 2012”

  1.  Krow says:

    He should have thrown in ‘ending world hunger’. If you’re not going to hit a goal you may as well not hit that one.

  2.  wrdag says:

    Solving the Middle East crisis….
    Understanding Women…

  3.  The Original G Man says:

    The kid’s got moxie!

    •  The Original G Man says:

      Or maybe it’s gumption? Eh, whatever.

      •  Krow says:

        Well for sure it’s not math …

        Last year we had 411 rushing attempts … in 16 games …

        Bradshaw … 171
        Jacobs … 152
        Ware … 46
        Eli … 35
        … and a couple end arounds…

        So if he’s going to have 6 100+ games … and one might assume action in the other 10 … oh say a modest 30 yards … we’re totaling up 900 yards minimum … divided by 5 gets you 180 carries. A tall order unless …

        … He splits time with Bradshaw starting this Wednesday
        … He supplants Bradshaw by mid-season
        … Bradshaw gets hurt

        … and that’s the minimum. More likely these goals would result in over 1,000 yards, making the scenario even more remote.

  4.  James Stoll says:

    He’ll have to send Bradshaw to the bench in order to achieve those goals

    One interesting fact about the 2011 Giants is that despite being a league worse 3 yards per carry rushing team, they were 7th in overall yards rushed with just over 1400. What that tells you is that they doggedly stick with their balance regardless of success. And while it didn’t seem like it last year I guess the numbers don’t lie. That means they will run the ball at least 25 times a game with Bradshaw if healthy likely getting 15 carries and Wilson about 10. If Wilson is
    Going to get 100 yards on 10 carries there will be plenty of nifty runs.
    We know he has an unusual combination of explosiveness speed and balance.
    It sure is going to be fun to watch.

  5.  GIANTT says:

    Krow , seriously ? so early on e Sunday morning ? my head hurts and it has nothing to do with my birthday celebration yesterday . Factoid which interests only me ( I told my wife and she had the same reaction as you guys , a blank stare ) TC is one day older than me and has the same initials ( The funny thing is I only realized this very recently after years of watching him coach !)

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Happy Birthday.

      Hey, I was out dancing at my niece’s wedding until 2:00AM and was still up at 7:00AM this morning. We older folks need to keep these young guys honest!

      As to Wilson, hell yeah, set those goals high. He has the potential to be a GREAT back, not just a very good one.

      •  James Stoll says:

        If the line can let him get a yard beyond the LOS before first contact, look out

        •  fanfor55years says:

          Well, that’s the $64,000 question, isn’t it? Get this kid some room and he will be special. I hope they realize that if they get just one stud in that line next season he will be a weapon who, in combo with Eli, would give us an elite offense to go with what I believe will be THE elite defense. We are just ONE player away from being almost impossible to beat unless an opponent has a spectacular game.

  6.  fanfor55years says:

    Btw, need to give a plug to the Wychmere Beach Club in Harwichport up in Cape Cod. Unbelievably beautiful spot. And no, I have absolutely no business interest in it whatsoever.

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