Giants running back Rodney Hampton stopped by to watch his old team practice last week and was paying particular attention to David Wilson. The organization’s lineage of running backs is a proud one stemming from Frank Gifford to Joe Morris Ottis Anderson Hampton Tiki Barber Ahmad Bradshaw and now Wilson.
Before any of them ahead of Wilson became complete they first had to learn how to block. It’s why Hampton wasn’t as interested in watching Wilson run the ball as he was to chart his progress picking up a blitzing defender.
“The blitz pick-up you’ve got to do that to play here” Hampton said. “It’s a part of every practice. I’m sure that’s what [Wilson] is thinking about. He’s not worried about catching the ball or running with it. He’s thinking about the blitz pick-up period and getting it right.”
Wilson needs to get it right Sunday night when the Giants open their season against the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. In his second season Wilson figures to be a prominent part of the Gia