EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – David Wilson didn’t practice today, but he stood on the field at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center and was in the hearts and minds of his coaches and teammates.
On Monday, Wilson will be examined in New York by Dr. Frank Cammisa, who performed spinal fusion surgery on the third-year running back in January.
“Until we here what the doctor says, I am just praying that the kid is okay,” Coughlin said. “When he was cleared to play he came out and exhibited no fear, no nothing. I was really excited about that coming out. We are obviously concerned, but we will have to wait and see what the doctors say.”
The Giants practiced today for the first time since Wilson was helped off the field on Tuesday. With Wilson, the running back position appeared to be one of the deepest on the team. It’s still good, even without Wilson’s speed and elusiveness.
“I think we have some talented guys at that spot,” Coughlin said. “I think Rashad has done well. I think the young kids are coming along the more we give them to do. Michael Cox has had his spots; Kendall Gaskins did some pretty good things today. We will let this thing play out, but it will be some kind of combination with people involved. Certainly, Rashad is well-schooled in the protection schemes; he does a nice job at that. The young guy (rookie Andre Williams) will have to learn and come along and look according to that. Michael Cox has been around here for a year, we can use him in that capacity as well and he has speed. They will have plenty of opportunities in the preseason to show what they can do and where they fit.”
“We’ve got a special group,” Jennings said. “Every single running back has the ability to implement their talent inside the system in their own unique way. You’ve got a guy that’s powerful, you’ve got a guy who’s your speedster, you’ve got a guy who’s a little bit of both, guys who can catch the ball out of the backfield. It’s a very diverse room and it’s fun to see each one of us be able to gel inside the system.”
- Several Giants missed practice today and a few more left the workout early.
In addition to Wilson, the group not working included defensive tackle Mike Patterson (shoulder); wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (hamstring); offensive lineman John Jerry (knee); linebackers Spencer Paysinger (who has not practiced since Sunday while recovering from a concussion) and Spencer Adkins (groin); receiver/return specialist Trindon Holliday (hamstring); and cornerback Travis Howard (knee).
The group leaving early included defensive end Robert Ayers (ankle), tackle Will Beatty (illness), cornerback Bennett Jackson (ankle) and wide receiver Corey Washington (heel).
- Wide receiver Rueben Randle returned to practice after missing Tuesday’s workout with a sore hamstring…Randle did a nice job keeping his feet inbounds to catch an Eli Manning pass in the back of the end zone.
- The defense made several big plays today. On the last play of practice, a Manning pass was batted in the air by Jacquian Williams and intercepted by Jameel McClain…Earlier, cornerback Charles James II stepped in front of Mario Manningham to intercept a Ryan Nassib pass…Defensive end Emmanuel Deke blocked a Curtis Painter pass. Jordan Stanton secured the ball and was escorted by his defensive teammates to the end zone.