Giants’ RB David Wilson was uptown working at the Korilla BBQ food truck on W125th St this morning to celebrate Boost Mobile’s commitment to “Shrink Hunger”, handing out complimentary meals to residents (see event info below). He is beginning to emerge as a major face on the Giants’ roster.
Wilson told Jenny Vrentas of the Star-Ledger that he is ready to assume a larger role, but realizes now that Ahmad Bradshaw is gone, he still has much to prove.
“The job is not given to anybody, you’ve just got to go out and earn it,” the Giants top pick in last year’s draft stated.
Wilson did not contribute at RB last season until near the end of the season, being used mainly used as a kick returner, where he led the league in returns and return yardage. The team felt Wilson’s blocking was not up to the level required of their backs to warrant more reps. He aims to change that this season. More from Jenny:
Wilson has been mostly staying in New Jersey, training and preparing at the Giants’ facility. He said he’s added a few pounds of muscle — he wants to play between 208 and 210 pounds, up from 205 last year — in order to be a better pass protector, which he knows is the key to him staying on the field.
The Giants fell in love with Wilson’s speed an versatility last April. He showed glimpses of that with 97-yard KO return for a TD (and a league-high seven returns of 40+ yards) and several explosive plays from scrimmage. He hopes he can continue to contribute on special teams as well as on offense.
“I’d truly miss being back there on kick returns if they decided to take me off,” Wilson said. “And I would still try to get back there somehow.”
Wilson also revealed he had minor surgery on his had to remove a bone chip. From Ebenezer Samuel of the Daily News:
“It happened awhile ago,” Wilson said at a Boost Mobile “Shrink Hunger” event in Harlem. “I didn’t want to do it, like, before the season. But it was already chipped. So (they) just take it out so it won’t be floating around.”
Wilson was still sporting several black stitches running from his palm down his wrist on Thursday. The injury is hardly serious, though, he said, and he’s not expecting to miss any time because of it. In fact, Wilson said he has been training at the Giants facility the last several weeks.
For every NYC resident that participated in today’s event, Boost Mobile will donate a meal for a NYC child to City Harvest’s Skip Lunch Fight Hunger program, which helps feed hungry kids and their families during the summer. David Wilson will be on hand to distribute free lunch from NYC’s own Korilla BBQ, to NYC residents that come out to join the fight. In addition to the meals, Boost Mobile will donate $10,000 to City Harvest in recognition of David Wilson’s dedication to the NYC community.