and really you're changing the parameters and combining different arguments. you asked for 1rst rd RB's who didnt succeed the first 2 yrs and then did, and I named several off the top of my head. the rest is pure speculation. you have your opinion, which I value and find fair, and I have mine. I believe Wilson can be a quality everydown back, and believe he would be much closer to that peak had he been used much better.
and MS, you're post is fair. TC i guess deserves the attention as much if not more than KG. he is the HC after all. And, that's fair if you think he's just not a good RB. agree to disagree and its not like i'm saying you or gmen46 is wrong. i just believe something different. i do think hes a quality back and if healthy, will end up proving so.
Bradshaw was a 7th rd pick, and again, not expected to replace Jacobs or even Ward for his first yr or two (wound up being yr 3 when he shared the load more equally w/ Jacobs).
With a 1st rder, as you of course know, one expects a hell of a lot more. Even allowing for missing 11 games on IR his 2nd yr. He did give us some thrills his rookie yr as a kick returner, but that's not the most you hope for from a 1st rd pick, is it? And we didn't get even that his 2nd yr.
I take no joy in recounting this. He's a Giant 1st rd RB, I had high hopes for and from him, as did all Giants fans. Jacobs was aging and the mighty warrior Bradshaw was quickly wearing down when we drafted Wilson 2 yrs ago.
But right now we don't know when he will play again, or even if he WILL ever play again. I know you and many others believe he will be back next fall, but the reality is, you don't know that. And the Giants don't know that either at this time, which is why now we are picking up little used 28 yr old back up RBs, signing short contracts with a 1 yr wonder RB that's built like a FB, and still hoping we get lucky with a mid round RB pick in the draft. Because we can NOT rely upon our 1st rd pick of only 2 yrs ago. BTW, I'm hopeful Jennings will work out for us, and I like Hillis as a back up, 3rd down short ydge back, but, come on, that patchwork is not what we've come to expect from Giants RBs, is it?
TC ruined this kid in his rookie year.
While I believe Wilson definitely has something to prove next year, don't forget how many times he got hit in the backfield as soon as he had the ball in his hands. I still have nightmares thinking about that.