David Wilson joined the growing chorus of NFL running backs upset yesterday with a newly approved rule that will penalize backs for lowering the crown of their helmets into defenders when in the open field. “Any time you’re running the ball, you’re head is the first thing, you run with a lean,” Wilson said while in Harlem at a Boost Mobile “Shrink Hunger” event in which he signed autographs and posed for pictures with fans. “I don’t like it, but the rules are the rules. It’s a game I like to play and they keep modifying it. I’ll adjust to it, I guess.” Wilson was less diplomatic on ESPN Radio, calling it “ridiculous” and saying: “I guess I’ll get fined a couple of times and try to figure it out.” Wilson figures to have plenty of opportunities with the ball in his hands after the team cut veteran Ahmad Bradshaw. He doesn’t just plan on becoming the Giants starting running back this coming season and doesn’t only want to develop into a consistent 1,000-yard rusher. “I’m looking to be in that elite category,” Wilson said. When the Giants waived Bradshaw, a move that opened eyes across the league, it opened the door for Wilson to take over. It was somewhat surprising, considering Wilson, the Giants’ first-round pick out of Virginia Tech last season, was used sparingly out of the backfield, getting just 71 carries, which he turned into 358 yards and four touchdowns. The Giants backfield now consists of Wilson, Andre Brown, Ryan Torain and Da’Rel Scott. Wilson made an impact as an explosive kick returner, using his sprinter’s speed to average 26.9 yards per return for 1,533 return yards and taking one back 97 yards for a score.
Giants’ Wilson ready to adjust to ‘ridiculous’ new rule
New York Post | Mar 22