The big news all week has been that rookie running back David Wilson will likely see more action in lieu of Andre Brown’s season-ending broken fibula. Gilbride said Wilson is working hard, and he’s encouraged with the rookie’s progress.
“I think he’s making fewer mistakes, and I think you see a little bit of it, an incremental growth,” Gilbride said. “It’s never as fast as a coach would want, but it is definitely happening.”
The Redskins are good against the run and usually have a few interesting blitz packages – many of which Wilson has obviously never seen. Still, Gilbride said there’s no excuse for Wilson not being ready.
“You’ve got to be ready and have an understanding of what your assignments are and what adjustments you have to make to handle the specific challenges or problems that the Redskins present,” Gilbride said. “He’s certainly been around long enough to learn from the guys ahead of him that have done a great job with handling that stuff.”
In addition to Wilson, newly signed Giants’ running backs Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin may see some action if necessary.
“Based upon what we’ve seen, they look like they’re making the adjustment fairly quickly,” Gilbride said. “The transition has gone probably more quickly than I thought was possible.”
The Giants are coming off a game in which they rushed for 147 yards collectively against the Green Bay Packers. Gilbride was pleased with this output, but he said the success in the red zone was even more important.
“We did some nice things; schematically we had some ideas, the coaches came up with some really good thoughts and it was reflected in the success in the red zone,” he said. “We were very, very good. We played hard. We were physical, and I think we did some good things with the opportunities that were presented.”
Gilbride hopes his rushing attack can command the attention of the Redskins’ defense, which will in turn open up passing lanes for Eli Manning.
And as long as Wilson hangs onto the ball, the Giants will be in business.
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