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In the New York Giants Blog from Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, running backs coach Jerald Ingram had some strong words for rookie running back David Wilson in an interview on Monday:
“Just because you’re a first-round draft pick doesn’t mean you’re ready to play or they all would be great. It’s about winning games, it’s not a popularity contest. It’s time for you to grow up and be a man now and see what you can do with the whole ball of wax. Until he proves that it’s hard to stick him out there and feel comfortable.’
Ingram further expanded on what he saw as areas where Wilson could improve his game:
“David has to learn you can’t be just a runner, that’s not what we do, you have to be a complete running back, you have to be knowledgeable, you have to be smart, you can’t just accept your mistakes.”
Ingram also pointed out that Wilson was not unique among running backs for having to ride the bench while learning the intracacies of the NFL game. Ingram pointed out that other Giants running backs like Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, and Ahmad Bradshaw has to sit until they learned the lessons the Giants want Wilson to learn now. He also indicated Wilson would continue to sit until he learned the value of pass protection and blocking assignments, skills essential for running backs in the Giants system.
Wilson, drafted in the first round by the Giants out of Virginia Tech, has seen very little action this year. In the first game of the season versus their division rival Dallas Cowboys, Wilson fumbled on one of his two carries, which the Cowboys recovered. The Giants ended up losing the game. To date, Wilson has had only 18 carries for 89 yards (4.9 yards per carry) with 1 touchdown and 1 fumble.
Ingram summed up his comments on Wilson by pointing out first round talent does not give you a sense of entitlement:
“Just because you’re a first-round draft pick doesn’t mean you’re ready to play or they all would be great. It’s about winning games, it’s not a popularity contest. It’s time for you to grow up and be a man now and see what you can do with the whole ball of wax. Until he proves that it’s hard to stick him out there and feel comfortable.”
“Yeah, he is explosive, but at what cost is he explosive?’’ Ingram asked. “Is he explosive at the cost of not being able to protect well, not being able to know his job well, not being a pro? ‘’
Read more: Giants RB coach says it is time for David Wilson to ‘grow up and be a man’ http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/giantsblog/giants_grow_coach_says_and_man_time_fiMrZakwDq3KdNSqfggaZJ#ixzz2C7f6fmqS
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