New York Giants running back David Wilson hopes to resume his NFL career in 2014 after recovering from a severe neck injury that required spinal fusion surgery, and the good news is that both the Giants and Wilson are optimistic. He recently shed his neck brace, so the 22-year-old Virginia Tech product is rehabbing as he prepares to play in his third season in the league. Wilson’s primary goal is obviously to get health, but he’ll also hope that the Giants can successfully overhaul their offensive line and improve the blocking up front for everyone on that offense.
Per a source close to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Wilson is “ahead of schedule” in his recovery, and he is even expected to be ready in time for training camp. While we are several months off from camp, the fact that Wilson is expected to be ready should give the Giants plenty of hope that they could have the solid 1-2 punch of Andre Brown and Wilson to start the season. Jerry Reese and the Giants know as well as anyone that they can’t trust Wilson to be healthy or to play well in 2014, but the initial outlook is definitely positive.
While Wilson has plenty to work on as a rusher, he is a talented former first-round pick who has game-breaking speed and explosiveness on the ground. He needs good blocking up front in order to succeed, but he’s a big threat to take it to the house when he does receive adequate blocking.