The Daily News Live panel discusses the issues plaguing the Jets and Giants as they prepare for their annual preseason meeting.
The Daily News Live panel discusses the issues plaguing the Jets and Giants as they prepare for their annual preseason meeting.
Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reported the below on July 31:
Wilson will meet with Dr. Frank Cammisa, his first consultation with Cammisa since the burner. Cammisa, the doctor who performed Wilson?s spinal surgery in January, was not at the Hospital for Special Surgery on Tuesday, when Wilson was put though a battery of tests.
The Giants did their best to build a stable of running backs behind the 2012 first-round pick in case a setback occurred. The team always viewed Wilson's return this season as a bonus. Now, however, there's a good chance he will never return.Head coach Tom Coughlin, the only person authorized to speak about player injuries, has only been able to tell us that the team will wait for the doctors to make a determination on Wilson's neck before deciding Wilson's fate with the club.
Reese, appearing on WFAN with Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Monday, seemed confident all will be well with Wilson this summer:
?We brought in Rashad Jennings and he?s definitely a bell cow type of a running back ? he can run it, he can catch it, he can block, he can do everything with it. David Wilson is an explosive player, but first and foremost we?re concerned about his health. We do think all systems are go pretty much for him to be healthy and ready for contact during training camp. We held him out for spring, no contact at all, but unless he has a setback we expect to release him for full contact during the fall. Any time he touches the ball he can go the distance. In this West Coast Offense, we?ll try to get them ball to him in different ways and obviously he?ll help in the return game.?
Wilson is now expected to be ready for training camp, which was previously up in the air.
That's good news for the Giants and Wilson, who was teetering on the edge of missing this season. If he's ready to go I would not expect him to be considered a No. 1 back. Nor would I consider Andre Brown a No.1. Both have proved to be unreliable thus far in their careers. The Giants still have a need here no matter what happens with Wilson and Brown.
The Giants are likely pleased about Wilson's exuberance, but to be clear, they are not expecting him in camp this summer. The team has stated they are in the market for running backs even if they re-sign Andre Brown. New OC Ben McAdoo and RB coach Craig Johnson will discuss with management the type of players they will require to run the new offense. Former Green Bay RB James Starks has been rumored as a possibility having played under McAdoo with the Packers.
QB Eli Manning is excited about playing in Ben McAdoo's version of the West Coast offense. After last year's disastrous offensive showing, the ten year vet is ready to return to being a championship-level quarterback.
However, the Giants? running game, averaging just 69.9 yards per game, all of a sudden looks like a multifaceted entity that could actually be a weapon for this team.
Again, the eventual grade will be based on production up until this point, not the future. But it?s important for us to look at what this unit may look like in the second half.
[sny-box]Citing an NFL source, the NY Daily News reports David Wilson has a disc-related neck injury and "will likely be out several weeks."
He said it?s been extremely challenging so far but that he and his guys will keep plugging away until something works.
?I think the thing that has been encouraging, yet disappointing, is you see glimpses, so you say we have a shot here,? Gilbride said. ?We?re just not stringing enough of them together and that?s what we have to get better at. That?s that consistency thing and that?s where if you can keep doing the same things over and over, you?re going to limit or reduce the number of errors and you have a much better chance of stringing together those eight to 10-play drives that have been very characteristic of us, but not this year.?
The Giants hope to get into the win column Sunday at 1 p.m. when they host the Philadelphia Eagles, who have dropped three straight games after an opening week win.
The Giants pounded the Eagles 42-7 in Week 17 last season, but that game had no real meaning for either side. However, Sunday?s game has huge implications for two teams desperately trying to stay alive in a weak NFC East.
That?s because the Giants have struggled to an 0-2 start out of the gate, with turnovers plaguing what the team has been able to muster offensively.
The focus for Big Blue has been to try to establish a running attack, but now that Carolina will be shorthanded in the secondary, hopefully the Giants will try to exploit their opponent?s weakness.
David Wilson carried the ball 7 times for 17 yards. Explosive, right? Well, he didn't fumble so can't complain about that...Brandon Jacobs had four yards on seven carries, but one was a TD. Da'Rel Scott had 2 yards on five carries but had a 23-yard TD reception at garbage time.
Tom Coughlin admitted they didn't have much room to run today, a combination of the Giants' offensive line being subpar and the Broncos' defensive line being stout.
A few years back, another Giant RB had slippery hands as well. He overcame his issues after Tom Coughlin and crew helped him adjust his style.
Tiki Barber became a regular part of the Giants' offense in 2000 and averaged nearly nine fumbles from 2000-2003. When Coughlin arrived in 2004, Barber's fumbles went down and his production went up - way up.
The problem is that this week, Eli Manning will be going up against his older brother Peyton, who is fresh off a game in which he threw seven touchdown passes.
However, that is for the defense to worry about. The Giants? offense has plenty more to be concerned with than Peyton Manning?s performance.
Not the way to do it, David. The fans are not your problem. As Tom Coughlin said today, hold onto the football and the rest will take care of itself....looks like he's made amends...
The David Wilson Era did not get off to a good start to say the least. ?He fumbled twice and it effectively cost the Giants the game. His first miscue came on a first and goal in the first quarter after the Giants drove 82 yards on four plays. It cost the Blue at least three points.
The second took place after halftime on a 2nd and 15 from the Giants' 24. Wilson was stripped of the ball, which was recovered by Cowboys' safety Barry Church, who ran it in for a TD putting Dallas up by ten.
The Giants turned the ball over six times en route to an extremely frustrating 36-31 loss Sunday night to the Cowboys. Dallas scored 17 points off Giants? turnovers.
For the offense in the preseason, the two main questions involved running back David Wilson adapting to a starting role and the offensive line trying to work through a multitude of injuries.
Sure, the offense has plenty to work on after an inconsistent preseason, but Gilbride wants to see his players in meaningful game action to see how they respond.
He is very excited about what second-year running back David Wilson brings to the table in a starting role. With Andre Brown out until at least midseason, Wilson will be the go-to guy in the backfield.
On paper, I?d have to agree.
A quarterback with two Super Bowl M.V.P. awards. Two explosive and dynamic wide receivers. An up-and-coming talented receiver. A running back with blazing speed. Another power running back. And a tight end who led his team last year in receptions.
The Giants? offense started three possessions in the first half at or inside the Colts? 12-yard line. Yet, the team managed to just settle for two field goals and have a turnover on downs.
There were a few positives offensively, but overall, a lot of work still needs to be done. It didn?t help that David Baas and Victor Cruz both went down with injuries on the opening drive ? though both X-rays (Baas? left knee and Cruz?s left foot) came back negative.
The running back position in the NFL has undergone major changes in recent years. Most NFL teams don't ask just one player to carry the mail for them any longer. Rushing attacks have become a collaborative effort of situational players who possess different styles. The position has also been devalued at the NFL Draft, where no running backs selected in the first round for the first time in league history this past April.
The Giants understand the need for a stable of rushers. They recently won a championship deploying a three-pronged approach called "Earth, Wind and Fire." All of those players are gone, now, and the the team is turning to two uniquely talented young men - David Wilson and Andre Brown.
On offense in particular ? looking past Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz of course ? a few young guns will be looked upon to shoulder the load.
And offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride is confident that these young guns will come through.
The answer to both questions is yes. Nicks has been working out on the side with Eli and plans to ramp it up as training camp nears.
From Ebenezer Samuel of the Daily News:
"We've hooked up twice already this week," Nicks said Thursday during his Verizon Hakeem Nicks Football Camp for youngsters in Englewood, N.J. "We're gonna do it two, three more times before camp starts."Nicks in entering the final year of his rookie contract and needs to sing for his supper this season, so to speak. He must perform at the level expected of a No.1 receiver in order to garner big bucks from Big Blue before next March.
The article is authored by former NFL Rookie of the Year Matt Bowen, who spent seven years in the league.
From a player's point of view, Bowen concedes ball security remains an issue with Wilson, who was red flagged for fumbling problems coming out of Virginia Tech. However, Wilson has improved in that area, and his top-end speed to the edge is too valuable of a trait to keep him off of the field.
Both the Redskins and the Giants have inquired about signing Hightower this off-season, according to the Washington Post.
The last team to employ the running back was Washington -- back during the 2012 pre-season -- while New York has been the primary team linked to him this off-season.
Special teams coordinator Tom Quinn believes Wilson can handle both duties with no issue.
"I think he can do both," Quinn told reporters this morning at rookie minicamp. "We?ll see how it all plays out. Obviously, he?s tremendous at doing that and with his expanded role, we?ll see where it leads and hopefully someone else does step up. We like to have depth in those positions. We?ll see....That?s not my decision. He said he?d like to do both, but it all depends on the game and his carries and what his role is on the offense if it is expanded."
Curry, the former fourth overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft who has been since cut by both the Seahawks and Raiders, took a physical with the team. Questions remain about Curry's knees, as he has worked out for the Bengals and Bears without signing onto a team.
The Giants may be looking to add a veteran to the linebacking corps heading into training camp. The team did not address that position during the draft after parting ways with Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn this off-season.
Offensively, the team re-signed left tackle Will Beatty and added Brandon Myers to replace Martellus Bennett, who signed with the Chicago Bears. Also making the lineup is first-round selection Justin Pugh, who is penciled in at left guard, as well as Victor Cruz, who has yet to re-sign with the team for the coming season.
The free agent would only add depth to the Giants at the running back position, as the team can rest surely on the legs of sophomore David Wilson and his capable backup, Andre Brown.
Rounding out the depth chart is former Terp Da'Rel Scott and Ryan Torain. The Giants also added Michael Cox out of Massachusetts in the seventh round of the NFL Draft, then signed Jeremy Wright out of Louisville in the subsequent days.
The Giants had seven picks in this weekend's draft, adding depth to a number of key positions, including offensive and defensive line, running back and the secondary. Of course, a position that remained untouched was linebacker.
From the top:
Though protecting Eli Manning and creating gaps for David Wilson to burst through was a premier concern, the Giants still need to address areas of need along the roster.
The Giants next pick 17th in the second round (49th overall). One name rumored to be a fit is Kevin Minter, the inside linebacker out of LSU.
Wilson, expected to become the Giants' starting running back with the departure of Ahmad Bradshaw, impressed as he saw an expanded role toward the end of 2012.
"The first-rounder's explosiveness was evident as he racked up the most all-purpose yards (1,925) yards by a rookie in franchise history," writes Wesseling. "But mistakes in pass protection, route running and ball security limited his offensive snaps. Now that Ahmad Bradshaw is gone, general manager Jerry Reese is confident that Wilson can be the "lead dog" in a tandem attack with Andre Brown."Reese told WFAN in New York Wilson can handle the workload of a featured back in the NFL back in January.
Among his top six was Giants GM Jerry Reese, who was praised for his ability to find the right players to thrive under the tutelage of head coach Tom Coughlin.
Wilson told Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger that he is ready to assume a larger role, but realizes now that Ahmad Bradshaw is gone, he still has much to prove.
"The job is not given to anybody, you?ve just got to go out and earn it," the Giants top pick in last year's draft stated.Wilson did not contribute at RB last season until near the end of the season, being used mainly used as a kick returner, where he led the league in returns and return yardage. The team felt Wilson's blocking was not up to the level required of their backs to warrant more reps. He aims to change that this season. More from Jenny:
One of the biggest surprises at the beginning of the off-season was the release of veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw.
It was assumed by many that former first-rounder David Wilson, who impressed in Bradshaw's absence, would inherit the role of lead back. But Coughlin expects both Andre Brown and Da'Rel Scott -- a former Terp -- to compete for the job.
Obviously, with the release of incumbent Ahmad Bradshaw, the battle for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart is between Brown and David Wilson.
It does beg the question, however, of whether Brown is capable of being the Giants' lead dog.
With the recent release of workhorse running back Ahmad Bradshaw, Wilson is expected to be the lead dog in the backfield in 2013.
The rookie came on strong late in the season and bounced back nicely from his opening night fumble on the national stage. But now that Bradshaw is gone, the Giants will have to be a little more patient with Wilson as he continues his development.
But can Wilson take the wear and tear required of a featured NFL back? Keep in mind, he is also the Giants' top kick returner. They will need at least one other reliable backfield option this season to keep Wilson fresh and change things up.
With Andre Brown recovering from knee surgery and Kregg Lumpkin and Ryan Torain free agents come March 12th, the only other RB the Giants have under contract is Da'Rel Scott (enter jab here). Unless someone steps forward from this group, or the team brings in another player (including Bradshaw), things will be touch-and-go in the Giants' backfield this season.
Bradshaw, who recently underwent a procedure to replace the screws in his injured foot, rushed for 1,050 yards in 14 games last season and is now set to become a free agent.
In his absence, rookie first-rounder David Wilson stepped up to the place, emerging as the Giants' most lethal weapon in their final games.
Bradshaw, expected to be sidelined for about 10 weeks, had the latest operation to replace a screw in his foot. It mars the third surgery on his right foot, in addition to the surgery he had on his left foot and surgeries on both of his ankles.
At 27 years old, questions are imminent regarding Bradshaw's future and workload with the Giants. Rookie David Wilson seemed to assume the lead dog role as Bradshaw's injuries crept up with him late in the season.
Wilson finished second in the voting to Baltimore's Jacoby Jones, who was selected to the first team.
Wilson led the league in kick returns (57) and return yards (1,533). He also had a 97-yard return for a TD and a league-high seven returns of 40 yards or more.
Without hesitation, Reese replied:
"I don?t think there?s any question that he can be that. It?s a two- and three-back league nowadays, but do I think he can be a lead dog? I do think that," he said.
Though he said he wants to be a Giant forever, he could not promise he would be back with the organization in 2013.
?You just never know who won?t be back next year,? Bradshaw said as he cleaned out his locker earlier this week. ?Including me.?
Still, the Giants came out of the gate firing.
In what would eventually prove to be their final contest of the year, the G-Men demolished the visiting Eagles, 42-7, begging the question -- where has?this been all season?
Bradshaw, who declared himself healthy just hours after the team's loss to Atlanta, missed Sunday's game with a sprained left knee.
Earlier this week, Bradshaw said, "I'm playing ... I just have to get it through to Tom Coughlin and the training staff. As of right now, I feel like I can go and be ready Sunday."
Bradshaw said he is healing faster than he expected, and given his track record of playing through injury, it is not unprecedented to see the running back suit up, especially for a game of this magnitude.
He'll likely continue to split time with rookie David Wilson, who totaled 55 yards on 12 carries in his first career start against the Falcons.
But in the Giants? 34-0 loss to the Falcons, the offensive line is just as much to blame as any other facet of the team?s pitiful performance.
This was the first time the Giants have been shutout in a regular season game since Dec. 1, 1996 against the Philadelphia Eagles ? a streak of 256 games.
Wilson's fellow Virginia Tech teammate, Jayron Hosley will most likely draw the start at CB in place of Prince Amukamara (hamstring) , who has been ruled out of tomorrow's game.
GEICO SportsNite has reaction from Tom Coughlin and David Wilson, as the Giants will be without Ahmad Bradshaw Sunday against the Falcons.
Ahmad Bradshaw was ruled out with knee and foot injuries, leaving Wilson to handle the bulk of the workload in the running game in what will mark his first career start in the NFL.
"I always have been preparing because you never know when your opportunity is going to come and when you?re going to be the guy. So even the first week of the season I was practicing to be prepared for whatever and it?s been that way ever since," Wilson said earlier today.
Bradshaw?s sprained knee may keep him out of Sunday?s contest against the Atlanta Falcons. That just means that the next guy in line ? in this case David Wilson ? will have to come up big if Bradshaw is out.
?We?ve had guys who have always stepped up and recognized the absence of one player is going to require someone else to elevate their game, whether it?s performance on the field or emotional,? Gilbride said. ?His (Bradshaw) toughness with everybody is always appreciated and that enthusiasm he brings. So you lose that.?