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New York Giants: Examining David Wilson's Role on Offense and Special Teams

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COMMENTARY | Following the release of six-year running back Ahmad Bradshaw, the New York Giants have some decisions to make regarding David Wilson's role on offense and special teams.

The 2012 rookie spent much of the beginning of the season in head coach Tom Coughlin's dog house for fumbling in Week 1 against the Dallas Cowboys, but little by little, Wilson earned the trust of Coughlin and transitioned into a weapon for the G-Men on special teams and out of the backfield on offense.

The 22-year-old running back rushed for 358 yards and four touchdowns last season, and while it doesn't seem like a lot of production, it's pretty impressive when you consider that Wilson only received 71 carries.

His production began in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns, when Wilson rushed for his first-career touchdown while contributing 44 rushing yards on just two attempts. From there, Wilson gained more trust from the coaching staff and was utilized more and more in the offense and on special teams.

It was the rookie's breakout performance against the New Orleans Saints in a Week 14 52-27 blowout win for New York that has fans most excited for Wilson's sophomore campaign.

Wilson rushed for 100 yards and two scores and added a 97-yard kickoff return TD on special teams, making him the first player in NFL history to record 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in a single game.

With Bradshaw out, the Giants should be looking to both Wilson and Andre Brown--who's returning from a broken leg last season--to carry the load out of the backfield.

So what exactly is Wilson's role for the 2013 season?

According to ESPN New York, it sounds like Wilson's role on special teams will be diminished because of his promotion in the Giants' backfield on offense. With Wilson emerging as the primary candidate to be the starting running back on the depth chart, New York is looking to other players on the roster-whether it be Rueben Randle or Jerrel Jernigan-to take over the primary kick return duties.

Ultimately, this is a wise move for the G-Men. The last thing they need is for Wilson to get injured while playing on special teams because the offense severely needs his speed and power at running back.

At the same time, I think the Giants' brass needs to find a happy balance between his time on special teams and offense, because he is one of the best kick returners in the league.

Ideally, Wilson will be the starting running back and will see a fair share of kick return opportunities, but the primary plan with Wilson should be to keep him healthy so that he can contribute in as many ways as possible for the Giants' offense in 2013.

Pete Schauer is a native of the Jersey Shore where he covers the New York Giants for Bleacher Report and writes for HoopsHabit and contributes to the YES Network.

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