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22 David Wilson RB
Height/Weight: 5-9/205 | Birthdate: 6/15/1991 | Birthplace: Danville, VA, USA | Team: New York | College: Virginia Tech | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 15/0 | Average Draft Position: 130.07
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David Wilson taken to hospital for tests on his neck


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Giants running back David Wilson will undergo a battery of tests on his neck at the Hospital for Special Surgery after suffering what coach Tom Coughlin called a "burner," reports NFL Network. The Giants will be extra careful with Wilson, who had neck surgery in January.

David Wilson leaves practice with neck 'burner'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Giants running back David Wilson, who underwent major neck surgery in January, walked off the practice field Tuesday with a trainer, reports ESPN.com. Coach Tom Coughlin said Wilson suffered a neck "burner."

"We were all praying that it would not be an issue, that he could just come back and go to work," Coughlin said. "He was cleared. So we'll see. I'm not going to speculate what it is. We'll have to see what the doctors say."

Per the Newark Star-Ledger, a burner is "a blanket term for any trauma to the neck or shoulder area that can cause momentarily tingling, pain or numbness."


David Wilson working on returns


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Running back David Wilson is one of several Giants working on kick and punt returns early in training camp. It's another sign the team feels Wilson, who's coming back from neck surgery, is not a health risk.

David Wilson takes a hit, feels good


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/25/2014) Giants running back David Wilson "definitely" feels ready for football after taking a hit from linebacker Cooper Taylor in training camp practice on Friday. Wilson has come all the way back from a neck injury that halted his 2013 season. 

"That felt good," Wilson said to the New York Daily News. "I definitely know I'm cleared now."


Rashad Jennings atop Giants' depth chart


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) As expected, the Giants listed Rashad Jennings as their starting running back. The unofficial depth chart, which could change quickly, has David Wilson as the No. 2 back followed by Peyton Hillis and rookie Andre Williams.


No restrictions on David Wilson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) Giants running back David Wilson said he won't wear anything special to protect his neck. Wilson received full clearance Monday following last year's fusion surgery.

"The doctor said that I was good to go. I’m back to normal. I can play regular football with no special equipment, no medication, or anything else," Wilson said. 

The third-year pro added he's not worried about his stamina or taking that first big hit.

"No real concerns," he said. "I’m just excited, most definitely. I’m ready to get back out there and compete. I love competition so I haven’t been sitting on the couch. As I came out here and got started with training camp, I knew that my appointment was [Monday] and training camp is [Tuesday], so I prepared myself. Like I said, you want to be prepared to go out there and have fun."

Wilson will compete for snaps with Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams.


David Wilson says he's been cleared, will practice


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) Giants running back David Wilson posted on Twitter Monday morning that he's been cleared for training camp. Wilson had fusion surgery on his neck and spent the offseason rehabbing with regular medical check-ups. He's now set to compete for playing time in training camp. 

In two seasons and 21 games, Wilson has 115 carries for 504 yards (4.4 avg.) and five touchdowns with six grabs for 42 yards and another score. 


Giants owner expects David Wilson to start camp on time


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/17/2014) Giants owner John Mara said Thursday that he believes running back David Wilson will be cleared for the start of training camp. Wilson suffered a neck injury last season, had fusion surgery and is waiting word from his doctors to resume his career. Every report since early June has suggested the same thing. 

"We expect him to be playing ... all signs are he'll be ready to go," Mara told reporters, per Newsday


Rashad Jennings set to start for Giants?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/1/2014) When the Giants signed running back Rashad Jennings this summer, it was with the intention of making him their workhorse back, ESPN reports. His ability to run between the tackles as well as catch passes makes him the most versatile back on their roster. 

However, that was before they drafted Andre Williams and expected David Wilson to return. ESPN believes Wilson could push Jennings for carries and catches once he's cleared and has impressed the coaches enough with his abilities. If he's healthy he'll play a role.

Williams could also develop as a rushing downs type of back though he'll have to make strides in training camp first.


David Wilson has appointment with doctor


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/26/2014) Giants running back David Wilson is hoping a July 21 exam of his surgically repaired neck will clear him for contact in time for training camp, reports ESPN.

Wilson had a season-ending neck injury in Week 5 last year and underwent surgery this offseason. If healthy, he would compete with Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams for playing time.


Giants optimistic about David Wilson's return to 'full contact'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2014) Giants general manager Jerry Reese said he fully expects running back David Wilson to be ready for contact during training camp. Wilson missed 11 games last season due to a severe neck injury.

"We brought in Rashad Jennings and he’s definitely a bell cow type of a running back – he can run it, he can catch it, he can block, he can do everything with it," Reese told WFAN. "David Wilson is an explosive player, but first and foremost we’re concerned about his health. We do think all systems are go pretty much for him to be healthy and ready for contact during training camp.

"We held him out for spring, no contact at all, but unless he has a setback we expect to release him for full contact during the fall. Any time he touches the ball he can go the distance. In this West Coast Offense, we’ll try to get them ball to him in different ways and obviously he’ll help in the return game."


Doctor thinks David Wilson will be cleared for camp


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/4/2014) Giants team physician Dr. Russell Warren anticipates that running back David Wilson will be cleared for football when he's re-evaluated before the start of training camp. Wilson is making his way back from neck fusion surgery. 

"There has been significant progress and healing since David had the fusion," Warren said in a statement. "But the reality is it has only been four and one-half months since the surgery. We anticipate that when David is re-evaluated at the start of training camp he will be cleared at that point."

The Giants report to training camp on July 21. Wilson should end up competing for playing time this summer with Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams. 


David Wilson does not gain medical clearance


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/4/2014) Giants running back David Wilson (neck) saw a doctor Wednesday, but he did not gain medical clearance, reports FOX Sports.

Wilson tweeted Wednesday that while the news wasn't what he wanted he's still optimistic he'll be ready for Week 1. He will have another checkup before the start of training camp. Wilson had neck surgery in January but has been running well in non-contact drills at practice in recent weeks.

If healthy, Wilson will compete for playing time with Rashad Jennings and rookie Andre Williams.


David Wilson stands out in drills


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/30/2014) Giants running back David Wilson still has yet to get clearance to practice and take contact, but he was running well in drills according to the Newark Star-Ledger. Wilson is working his way back from neck surgery that ended his 2013 season early. Per the paper, Wilson's speed and cutting "really stood out."

David Wilson looks good at OTAs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2014) Giants running back David Wilson took handoffs and looked good at OTAs, as shown in this video posted by the team. Wilson is returning from neck surgery and still needs to be cleared for contact ahead of training camp.

David Wilson's status still unknown


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/23/2014) Giants running back David Wilson is trying to return from neck surgery, but it's no guarantee he will ever play again, reports ESPN.

According to the report, it says "no one knows if Wilson will ever play again following neck surgery. Indications are that he will, but no one knows for sure yet." 

The Giants have done well to cover themselves in case Wilson is out by signing Rashad Jennings as a free agent, bringing back Peyton Hillis and drafting Andre Williams. If Wilson does return he would be part of the running back rotation, but he might have the most upside of that group.


David Wilson on track for contact in training camp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Giants running back David Wilson, who's coming back from neck surgery, is already on the field taking reps and should be cleared for contact by the start of training camp, general manager Jerry Reese told the New York Daily News.

Giants add RB Andre Williams in Round 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) With the 113th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New York Giants selected running back Andre Williams from Boston College.

Williams is a tough physical back that had some issues in receiving drills at the combine, which is why his draft stock took a hit. However, he rushed for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2013, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. He also broke out for a 339-yard, two-touchdown performance on the ground against N.C. State.

The Giants currently have Rashad Jennings, Peyton Hillis and David Wilson under contract.

David Wilson 'on schedule to be back'


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/1/2014) Giants general manager Jerry Reese said Thursday that running back David Wilson "is on schedule to be back" this season after having neck surgery in late January, reports the New York Daily News.

The report adds that Reese said having Wilson return would be a "bonus."

The Giants could definitely use Wilson, but they signed Rashad Jennings this offseason and brought back Peyton Hillis.


Giants' David Wilson expects to be cleared for OTAs


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/22/2014) When the Giants open offseason training activities in less than a month, running back David Wilson said he expects and wants to be cleared for them. Wilson is coming off of neck surgery to repair a herniated disk. Initially there was no timetable for his return but it sounds like Wilson is optimistic he's close to returning

The Giants made it clear they weren't going to count on Wilson being ready for the start of the season. The team went out and signed free agent rusher Rashad Jennings to anchor their run game. 

"Me and the doctors know," he told the Newark Star-Ledger. "As soon as the doctors see what they need to see, I'm good. For right now, he said I'm doing really well and I'm ahead of schedule. I'm staying positive and my teammates and family are all giving me support."


Tom Coughlin 'praying' for David Wilson's return to health


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) Giants coach Tom Coughlin said he won't put David Wilson into full-contact practice until he's certain the speedy running back is 100 percent. Wilson is recovering from neck surgery and has yet to be cleared.

"All in due time with David," Coughlin told the team's website. "Just pray, you're praying that he has a return to excellent health and that the doctors are totally convinced that he is recovered and ready to go. When that time comes, you'll have another contributor who, if he gets a step, he's gone."


Coughlin still counting on David Wilson


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/1/2014) Giants coach Tom Coughlin said at the NFL owners meeting that he's counting on running back David Wilson (neck) to contribute this season, but he's not sure in what capacity.

"I'm planning that he's there until they tell me different," Coughlin said. "Now to what extent is he there? Does his presence mean you have to have another number at that spot? All those things are possible."

Wilson had neck surgery in late January after missing 11 games last season. Coughlin said Wilson is "making outstanding progress" in his recovery.

"Whenever I see him I tell him to slow down and stay with what they're telling you that you can and can't do" Coughlin said. "He's been working on his legs for a month or more."

The Giants signed Rashad Jennings as a free agent this offseason, but Coughlin said Wilson will still have a role if healthy.

"Let's get him back. Let's see. I wouldn't rush him into anything," Coughlin said. "Before you ask it, he's a superb kickoff returner. Can he go out there and do that? I don't know. I would be very slow about that."


Giants OC: Pass pro 'first and foremost' for running backs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2014) New Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo said his running backs must be good pass protectors "first and foremost." That might be bad news for David Wilson and impending free agent Andre Brown, who aren't great at blitz pickup.

"You’d like to have a complete back," McAdoo said. "Obviously, it’s ideal to have a guy who’s functional out of the backfield catching the football, but at the end of the day, if they can’t protect the quarterback, they’re going to have a hard time getting on the field."


Giants GM Reese: We will look for a running back


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/24/2014) With David Wilson's status optimistic but still not definite to return from major neck surgery and Andre Brown a free agent, Giants general manager told the media in Indianapolis that the team will shop for a new running back.

"Obviously, we can't put all our eggs in that basket," Reese said of Wilson. "We will continue to look for running backs in free agency and the draft as well."


Coughlin hesitant about David Wilson's return


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) Although ESPN reported earlier this week that running back David Wilson is on track to be ready for the start of training camp, Giants coach Tom Coughlin cautioned that he doesn't know when Wilson will really be ready. 

"He's not going to be put out there unless he's ready for that," Coughlin told NFL.com. "He's very pleased with where he's at now. ... Forget about the fact that he could be a difference-maker on our team -- it's the idea that 'Is he going to be healthy enough to withstand (hits)?'"

Wilson recently underwent neck surgery in late January after missing 11 games last season. He has already started weightlifting and working out, so he appears to be headed in the right direction.