You had to know it was only a matter of time before running back David Wilson, the New York Giants' first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, moved up the team's depth chart. Wilson, throughout the preseason, has taken most of his practice reps with the third team.
That changed this week when the speedster from Virginia Tech began taking some reps with the first-team offense.
Wilson admitted some nervousness when he first began getting reps with the first unit at the beginning of the week.
"You just feel more… I mean I’m in there with Eli [Manning] and those guys. You want to go out there and show what you can do," Wilson said.
Wilson has carried 15 times for 69 yards (4.6 yards per carry) in two games, working during the second halves of each game. He also had two receptions. In the opening preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars he had a 48-yard kickoff return.
Manning sounded like he was looking forward to seeing how Wilson handled getting some playing time with the first unit, which iappears likely to happen Friday against the Chicago Bears.
"Any time you get a rookie, every game, every practice, they're learning. The more reps you can get them, especially with the first group, what we're doing, different things, changing things, more audibles, he's got to be put in that situation on a whim," Manning said. "He's got to know exactly what his assignment is, and what's going on. You have to throw that at him a little bit, see how he adjusts, see how quickly the game is played at this level, and how you have to know the offense like the back of your hand."