GIANTS' CHASE BLACKBURN ON DAVID WILSON: "HE REMINDS ME OF LADAINIAN TOMLINSON"
"Since being drafted in the first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the
Giants, rookie running back David
Wilson has received nothing but tremendous praise by scouts, pundits,
coaches and teammates. A week ago, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said he
may be the most explosive player he's ever
coached. Over the weekend, that sort of next level esteem continued to be
heaped upon the rookie as linebacker Chase
Blackburn said Wilson reminded him a lot of future NFL Hall of Famer LaDainian
“He reminds me of [Tomlinson] when I first came into the league a little bit,
just the speed and like the vision and stuff,” Blackburn said.
The significance of that compliment wasn't lost on Wilson, who doesn't seem
to mind the pressure that's being put on him.
“Hope I have the same career — or better,” Wilson said. "I’m competitive, so
I’m gonna get after it. You always gotta try to be the best, that’s how I figure
Considering Wilson hasn't taken so much as a single training camp snap,
expectations should probably be tempered. After all, everyone remembers the last
time the Giants drafted a running back in the first round who had similarly high
expectations. To say that didn't work out would be a bit of an
Still, Wilson has all the tools, athletic ability and instincts to be a
player in the NFL. If he can
stay healthy, familiarize himself with the system and not float away as a result
of all of these comparisons and compliments, he stands a good chance of making
an immediate impact … which is something he fully expects of himself.
“I’m going in expecting to make an immediate impact,” Wilson
If nothing else, this sure gives fans something to look forward to come