Giants rookie back Wilson eager to learn

David Wilson was picked No. 32 overall by New York.

The Giants officially began the trek to defend their Super Bowl title this weekend as they indoctrinated their rookie class during mini-camp.

Perhaps no rookie was more anxious — or has bigger shoes to fill — than running back and first-round pick David Wilson. The former Virginia Tech star will be the 1A option behind Ahmad Bradshaw, trying to fill the void left by the departed Brandon Jacobs.  

“It finally set in that I’m ready to be a part of this team,” Wilson said. “The Giants were the Super Bowl champions and the main goal, as coach Coughlin said, is to get back there again. You just go with the flow, be yourself and try not to run in the wrong direction.”

Wilson said he has no problem being Bradshaw’s “project,” as the veteran back dubbed the rookie after he was drafted.

“I don’t know him personally, but I have seen him play and I have heard that comment,” Wilson said. “And I’m definitely looking forward to getting with him. I have seen him run [and] he is a physical back. He’s been doing it for a while. He is a hard worker and that is somebody you definitely want to stick around.”

Wilson was one of the earliest first-round picks to sign a contract (reportedly four years — terms undisclosed — with a $3 million signing bonus). Head coach Tom Coughlin thinks getting every guy in camp on time can only help expedite the learning process.

“It feels good to get back on the field and outside,” said Coughlin. “The first day of a rookie camp is usually difficult to sort out. But the good news is they got on the field, nobody fell down and they’re all okay.”   

Naturally such a taskmaster as Coughlin found plenty to critique, as he pointed out that no matter what major program you came from, the learning process is still light years different in the NFL.    

“Offensively, the only comment I made was [on the center-quarterback exchange] the ball doesn’t always come up when it’s supposed to and everybody’s out there jumping around,” Coughlin said. “The defense is lined up half the time the wrong way and that type of thing. So those are some of the things that have to be kind of ironed out. But when you figure you have your draft choices, your undrafted college free agents that have been signed and then the tryout people, they did all right.”


Follow Giants beat writer Tony Williams on Twitter
@TBone8 for all your offseason news for Big Blue.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Federal mediator joins Met Opera labor talks as…

Unions representing the orchestra and chorus of the Met Opera agreed to have a federal mediator join labor talks on Thursday as a threatened lockout loomed.

Local

Winning $7 million New York lottery ticket sold…

The only $7 million winning New York Lottery ticket for Monday's Cash4Life drawing was sold at a Queens 7-Eleven, officials said on Tuesday.

Local

Brooklyn man charged in roommate's stabbing death

A Brooklyn man accused of violently stabbing his roommate to death on Monday is in police custody and faces murder charges.

International

Dinosaurs could have survived asteroid strike

It turns out there is a good and a bad time for the planet to be hit by a meteor, and dinosaurs were just unlucky.…

Movies

Review: 'Guardians of the Galaxy' is a refreshingly…

Marvel is sitting so high on a cash mountain that it's now thrown $170 million at the relatively obscure and very silly title "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Movies

Review: 'Get on Up' is a war between…

James Brown finally gets his own boring biopic with "Get on Up," but the Godfather of Soul puts up a good fight against the usual cliches.

Movies

Review: 'Child of God' finds director James Franco…

James Franco's 11th directed feature is a noble but sloppy adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child of God," about a feral mountain man (Scott Haze).

Movies

Review: Alex Gibney's Fela Kuti doc 'Finding Fela'…

Prolific documentarian Alex Gibney takes on Afrobeat god Fela Kuti in "Finding Fela," but fails to capture his unique essence.

MLB

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade…

Yankees land Stephen Drew, Martin Prado at trade deadline

College

Playing the Field: Valentine's Day coupling edition

  It’s Valentine’s Day, a day created by Hallmark to make couples spend loads and loads of money on candy, flowers and gourmet dinners. Or…

MLB

Angelo Cataldi: Ryan Howard deserves better from Phillies

Just last week, Ryan Howard endured the embarrassment of a benching that was inevitable, and yet still shocking.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

Career

What do you wear to a career fair?…

Getting that gig starts with presenting the most polished and memorable version of yourself, so refer to our expert fashion advice.

Style

Editors pick: Margiela's finger armor ring

These cool rings from Maison Martin Margiela are designed to overlap over the finger, covering each joint like armor.

Style

Givenchy champions diversity

Riccardo Tisci's uses a variety of ethnically diverse ladies for his spring campaign including Erykah Badu.

Wellbeing

Don't settle for the hotel fitness center with…

Travelers who want to skip the hotel fitness center in favor of local gyms that may offer better equipment, classes and amenities can turn to…