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New York Giants’ David Wilson, Andre Brown Setting Lofty Goals; Team Likely to Use Two-Back System

August 5th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Dan Benton

When the New York Giants released their unofficial depth chart late last week, running backs David Wilson and Andre Brown were listed as the co-starters. And despite lofty goals being set by each — which included 1,300 yards and 22 TDs for Brown — the duo is more than okay with splitting carries.

"We’re both going to contribute," Wilson said on Sunday. "The depth chart is a political thing, something that they have to put out there so the fans and other teams will know."

Still, like Brown and his goals, Wilson plans to strive for his … even if he and Brown end up splitting carries.

“I have the chance to be the starting tailback for the New York Giants,” Wilson said. “The Super Bowl is here this year so my main focus this season is going in, wherever and whenever I can contribute. And whenever I’m on the field, I definitely want to have an effect on the game in a positive way so we can win as many games as possible and make that run for the Super Bowl.”

Meanwhile, for Brown, he's stepped away from the goals he set for himself earlier. Not because he doesn't feel he can reach them, but because he feels, even in a two-back system, that he might be selling himself short.

"I'm going to go back on that because somebody once told me, don't set personal goals because you don't want to sell yourself short of them," Brown said. "I'm just going to go out here and play ball and just let the numbers take care of themselves."

As always, and with every position, health will be a key to success for the Giants and their two young running backs in 2013.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon


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6 Responses to “New York Giants’ David Wilson, Andre Brown Setting Lofty Goals; Team Likely to Use Two-Back System”

  1.  James Stoll says:

    With Diehl likely to start and Snee yet to practice will they be able to run to the right side?

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    Like Pope says, we have some really big guys at tight end. That will help. So will Hynoski as soon as he returns.

  3.  demo3356 says:

    Peter King had some really good stuff in his MMQB Giants preview..

    Manning is also as comfortable in his system as any quarterback in football. It helps that he’s had the same position coach/offensive coordinator, Kevin Gilbride, since his first year in the league, 2004. Gilbride runs a diverse, wide-reaching though fairly traditional scheme that places a heavy emphasis on run-pass balance and base personnel. The Giants used a standard two-back, two-receiver set an NFC-high 29.2% percent of the time last season, according to Football Outsider

    Cruz, a slot connoisseur, has the bigger numbers, but many defenses find Nicks the more challenging receiver to deal with. The Giants do a great job isolating the fifth-year pro on the weak side, where he either draws one-on-one coverage or attracts an expensive double team that benefits the supporting receivers

    While many seven-man matchup zones have the added bonus of naturally hiding a back seven’s weaknesses, the drawback is these variegated concepts require a lot of communication and synergy. Minor tweaks to the lineup can disrupt this, leading to costly busted assignments. The Giants found this out in 2012, when seven different players started in their secondary, and they as a defense gave up 28 plays of 30-plus yards, second most in the league.

  4.  The Original G Man says:

    Hello, all y’all. Long time, no see/talk/chat/etc. Hope everyone’s summer has been going well.

    Very excited about the running game this year. David Wilson is the most dynamic player we’ve had in a long, long time (ever?). Combining him with Andre Brown gives them a true lighting/thunder combo in the backfield

    •  JimStoll says:

      the RB’s look really special this year
      hopefully the O-Line cooperates

      anyone heard anything about the severity of Pugh’s concussion and expected down time?

      •  Krow says:

        Pugh is doomed. No one who dares to stand between David Diehl and the football field can be expected to live.

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