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Former Giants’ RB Tiki Barber on David Wilson: He is as Dynamic a Player the Team Ever Had

June 26th, 2013 at 6:47 PM
By Douglas Rush

Tiki Barber will always go down as perhaps one of the greatest offensive players in New York Giants' history, especially since he is their all-time leading rusher with 10,449 yards, second in team history with 586 receptions and scored 55 touchdowns. But, while attending the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic this week, the retired Giants running back spoke extremely high of another Giant running back who could be seen as someone with a similar playing style like Barber had: current starter David Wilson.

“He is as dynamic a player at that position that the Giants have ever had,” Barber said this week at the Big Daddy Celebrity Golf Classic. “So it is just a matter of him learning those little intricacies of what it takes to be great.” 

Wilson will be taking over for the departed Ahmad Bradshaw, who was released from the Giants back in February after six seasons with the team. In Bradshaw's rookie season of 2007, he was one of two players who ended up replacing Barber when he retired from the NFL after the 2006 season after nine years in the league, all with the Giants.

Despite being the team's leading rusher in  history, Barber thinks Wilson is more dynamic than he ever was because of the breakaway speed the second-year running back possesses.

“Oh yeah,” Barber said. “I wasn’t fast. I was quick, I was elusive, I had good vision but I didn’t have breakaway speed like he does. I wasn’t the athlete like he is. I worked hard to get where I was. As long as he doesn’t take that for granted and works hard on top of it, he can be fantastic.” 

In Wilson's rookie season of 2012, he had 71 carries for 358 yards and four touchdowns. Wilson's breakout performance was back in Week 14 on December 9; where Wilson had 13 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns and four kickoff returns for 227 yards and a touchdown in the Giants 52-27 route over the New Orleans Saints.

Wilson will split carries in the offense with Andre Brown in the upcoming 2013 season.

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7 Responses to “Former Giants’ RB Tiki Barber on David Wilson: He is as Dynamic a Player the Team Ever Had”

  1.  rlhjr says:

    The value in Leach is plain and simple. Where Wilson and Brown are the type of runners who can be effective with only a crease. The presents of Leach would give them “large gaps” to run through. With a plow like Leach in front of him, Wilson could go for 2K. Finally, he’s as good a pass protector as B-Jac was and that is saying something. Other than that, he’s not much to talk about.

    But he’s too rich for the Giants blood at this point. But you never know………..

  2.  Dirt says:

    Tiki is spot on. Wilson has the tools to be a legend.

  3.  jfunk says:

    If Wilson can provide 80% of what Barber was during his last few seasons, we’ll have a ridiculous offense.

    Bradshaw and Jacobs did well for us, but neither ever threatened to dominate a game by themselves like Tiki did. Some of his numbers put him in prestigious company. If he’d had one more season on par with his “Coughlin seasons” in lieu of one of his underachieving first couple and managed to shed just a little bit of his fumbler reputation, he’d likely be in the Hall.

    One thing I always found interesting about Tiki’s running was his ability to bounce off tacklers. He would do this thing where he actually left his feet just before impact so instead of taking a huge hit he would just be hurled sideways in the air. He was often able to keep his feet when he landed too, broke a lot of his long runs that way. And that’s why the lost art of wrapping up when you tackle drives coaches crazy.

  4.  Krow says:

    Tiki has been saying a lot of the right things lately.

  5.  GIANTT says:

    Coughlin talks about balance and we all know that no matter who is on the team ,his philosophy is going to be exactly that . I havent seen enough of Wilson to anoint him and put him on levels with the production of Tiki or Bradshaw but if he plays up to his
    advertising then I will be happy . A good full back will give him those creases that he needs and Henry did that pretty well last year and showed the usefulness of the supposedly outdated position . The Giants seem to have pursued Leach to the limit of what their cap finances will allow . At this point , any supposed interest is merely hype from Leachs camp to get more from Miami . I think he would do a great job for the Giants and really improve the running game but there is only so much that the Giants will give over for the production from this position and theyve reached it .
    Use Bear Pascoe until Hynoski is fit again and if Hynoski is out for more than 4-6 games then I think the Giants should look elsewhere . Again rookie Mike Cox may fit
    or a free agent pick up at vet minimum when other teams start to cut down .
    The final 53 is nowhere even near being written down and Reese is going to tinker like crazy and I think the Giants will be able to pick up a decent replacement for minimum

  6.  CT GIANT says:


  7.  rlhjr says:

    Said before will say it again. You can devalue running backs all you want.
    But a strong running game and offensive balance will never go out of style.
    It’s so old school, that it actually “New Jack”. BOOK IT.

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