Having an awesome staff at GMEN HQ often pays massive dividends. Just this morning, our newest addition, Zac Andrews (
@clocktimer_ ), tweeted into @gmenhq that David Wilson had been medically cleared to play football. Here’s the tweet:
— Zac Andrews (@clocktimer_) July 21, 2014
Stopping by David Wilson’s Twitter page at the suggested link confirms the tweet:
What does this mean? Well for one, it means that David Wilson should be in active attendance from day one at camp. This is huge. The Giants are installing a new offense, and if David Wilson is healthy, it will open up new avenues for shaping the play book. The Giants probably had an emergency set of plays for Rashad Jennings and company if Wilson wasn’t cleared, but apparently, he is. So good news all around.
The news is spreading quick about David Wilson. Word already got back to my colleagues @AdamGaneles and @bigbluebloggers, who had these ready made statements and questions ready to go about the Giants ultra-talented, yet injury prone running back, Let’s start with Adam:
Is David Wilson a full-time ball carrier in the NFL? Perhaps not. But he’s an inhuman athlete to be sure. “Flip” possesses a sensational burst/balance combo that allows him to cut through holes like a bat out of hell. In a change of pace role behind the plodding, power style of Rashad Jennings — the defense won’t know what hit them when Flip trots on the field. Additionally, with Ben McAdoo calling the shots, Wilson occasionally lining up on the outside as a receiver is a very real possibility — imagine it — his natural ball skills and route running have been underutilized. Now, it’s a possibility.
— James (@bigbluebloggers) July 21, 2014
Earlier this year our own James Pennisi did a story on David Wilson titled, Giants David Wilson to have neck surgery, future in doubt:
Wilson has been injured since week five, and I wonder if it would have been better for him to have the surgery earlier, rather than later. Even Reese himself didn’t seem very hopeful about the medical staff’s optimistic time table for Wilson’s recovery stating, “Our medical staff feels like he’ll be ready to play this fall, but the neck and back are pretty tricky. So you never know.”
Fast forward to now, and James has so much more to say. In fact, I’ll just let him have the floor. Here’s James Pennisi thoughts on the David Wilson news, enjoy:
New York Giants 2012 first round draft pick, David Wilson, tweeted today that he has been medically cleared for all football activity by team doctors (probably can link to tweet here). In January, Wilson underwent spinal fusion surgery to help repair issues with his spine.
I am ecstatic for Wilson that he has received this much awaited good news. Around this time last year, I remember being absolutely ‘wowed’ by Wilson when watching Giants training camp. He simply looked three times faster than any other player on the field. I had such high hopes for Wilson, as many Giants’ fans did, going into last year that I even drafted him way higher than I should have in my fantasy draft.
Unfortunately, Wilson had a drastic start to the season, fumbling twice in the season opener against the Cowboys, putting him in Tom Coughlin’s dog house. Things got even worse for Wilson when he had to leave game five, against the Eagles, early due to a neck injury. In the subsequent MRI’s and medical evaluations, doctors found that Wilson suffered from spinal stenosis and would be sidelined indefinitely, not only putting an early end to his season last year, but a possible end to his career.
As excited as I am today, and I am sure many of my fellow Giants’ fans share my sentiments, it is important to realize there is no guarantee Wilson will ever be able to fully return from such a devastating, and frightening, injury. However, if he is able to make a successful comeback, look for new offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo, to utilize Wilson as a change of pace back and to get him out in space where he can put his game changing speed, and quickness, on display.
Truly, best wishes to David Wilson on his continued speedy recovery.