New York Giants running backs coach Jerald Ingram believes running back David Wilson is in a good position to be their starter this season now that Ahmad Bradshaw is no longer around.
“I think he’s in a position to compete to be the guy,” Ingram said, per Giants.com. “He has the talent, has the speed, has a few plays from a year ago underneath his belt.”
Wilson will have a chance to separate himself from the other running backs during training camp.
“Once we put the pads on, we’ll see who is physical, who’s determined to make plays out there,” Ingram said. “I think he’s grown. He has a fairly good understanding of the offense right now. He’s definitely in position to be the guy, but I think just like what we’ve done in the past here, we’re going to be a rotation type team and what certain backs do best, we’ll play. I think he’s a playmaker. He’s definitely going to contribute and help us out. There are some goals that he has to accomplish for us. He’s definitely on a better track than he was a year ago in understanding our protections and doing those kinds of things. I think we’ll take advantage of his natural ability as much as we can, but everything will start with me as a coach. I’ve got to do a better job of coaching him and getting him ready to play, just like Andre Brown. We’ve got young guys here. We’ve got a tradition of great running backs here that have established themselves as leaders on this team and that’s where he’s got to be. He’s got to be a guy that Eli (Manning) can trust in every situation possible and we’ll go from there, but right now I think he’s on track.”
Ingram says WIlson has improved in pass protection since last season.
“I definitely see progress,” Ingram said. “I think he’s got a clear understanding as far as what our protections are, what is expected of him, but until you actually physically ask that individual to do that full speed and full gear, we’re not exactly doing that right now. But I think when we go to camp, he knows what his goals are right now and what he has to accomplish to be a complete running back and contribute on our team. I think we’ll get that out of him. He’ll be a much improved player from that situation this year.”