The David Wilson hype machine, which I consider myself a small part of, has been rolling along smoothly this summer. But Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York is throwing a bit of cold-yet-sensible water on Wilson buzz.
"Tom Coughlin will likely split carries between Wilson and [Andre] Brown, who should complement each other well," Youngmisuk wrote Tuesday. "While Wilson brings the home-run threat, Brown offers the Giants a well-rounded option. He can run with power, can catch out of the backfield, block and excel in the short-yardage game.
"If Brown is healthy after breaking his leg last year, don't be surprised to see the former well-traveled running back get the majority of carries in some games."
There will be a competition in camp to see who earns the most carries, at least for the early part of the season. But Wilson needs to concentrate more on himself than on what Brown does. If Wilson holds on to the ball, displays the same speed and quickness we saw last season, keeps improving in pass protection, and stays healthy, he will be the Giants' lead running back without a doubt. He will be worth owning as an RB2 even though Brown will still be commonly involved and get most of the goal-line looks. If Brown and Wilson end up splitting the carries 50-50, it'll be because Wilson did something to lose his opportunity more so than Brown did something to win it.
I see this situation as similar to the Giants' running game in 2010 with Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs. It was the only season in which Bradshaw played 16 games, and he earned the larger portion of the Giants' 65-35 split in carries. Jacobs scored more touchdowns and even got more carries than Bradshaw in a couple of games. But Bradshaw, the speedy lead back, still finished the season rushing for 1,235 yards and more than 1,500 from scrimmage. Wilson may not reach Bradshaw's 2010 total of eight touchdowns, but he will score a few times, and the yards will be there as long as he takes care of his business in camp.