New York Giants running back David Wilson suffered a scary neck injury last season, and there was plenty of worry regarding his status for the start of the 2014 season. Now, it looks like it would be a surprise for him to miss the start of the season, as the New York Daily News’s Ralph Vacchiano reports that Giants GM Jerry Reese expects Wilson to be cleared for contract “by the start of training camp”. In fact, Vacchiano reports that Wilson is already “taking reps” on the field, so it would be a bit of a surprise for him to miss preseason action in August.
Wilson had just 44 carries for 146 yards in five appearances last season before going down with a gruesome neck injury against the rival Philadelphia Eagles on his only touchdown run of the season, and he struggled mightily behind an absolutely incompetent offensive line. The third-year back out of Virginia Tech is incredibly explosive and excels when he gets past the first level, but the 5’9″ RB is, unsurprisingly, a non-factor when his offensive line can’t get enough push to allow him to get past the first level.
Although he won’t get as many carries next season with Rashad Jennings in the mix and fourth-round pick Andre Williams vying for carries (the Giants will also probably take it easy with Wilson following the injury), he’s in a better position. The Giants will be able to manage his snaps, allowing each of the home-run threat’s carries to be optimized. More importantly, the Giants offensive line is much better with the additions of Geoff Schwartz and Weston Richburg.