NFL: Wilson gets chance to back up his words on the field

Mon Nov 26, 2012 9:55pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Giants rookie running back David Wilson, who has not been shy about touting his abilities, will have a chance to back up his boasts after a broken leg put Andre Brown on injured reserve on Monday.

Wilson, a first-round draft pick from Virginia Tech, has been relegated to returning kickoffs after fumbling on his second running play early this season but he will now be sharing backfield duties with Ahmad Bradshaw when the Giants travel to Washington to play the Redskins on Monday.

"Monday Night Football. Going through the whole school day waiting to watch their game," Wilson said reflecting on his childhood memories of the nationally-televised game.

"(Now) I'm playing in it, so hopefully I can provide for my team," Wilson told reporters at the Giants' training facility the day after Sunday's 38-10 mauling of the Green Bay Packers.

In 11 games for the NFC East-leading Giants (7-4), Wilson had just 24 rushes for 102 yards and caught two passes for eight yards.

The 21-year-old Wilson, who told New York's Newsday newspaper last month that he believed he will be a Hall of Fame player, will get his chance to perform.

"It's his time," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said on Monday.

"If he has been very vigilant, and paid attention to the way that people have been corrected in front of him, then he's going to give himself the best opportunity," the coach said.   Continued...

New York Giants' David Wilson (22) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals' Mohamed Sanu (12) during the first half of play in their NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 11, 2012. REUTERS/John Sommers II