Ahmad Bradshaw: I’ll make David Wilson my project

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Veteran players aren’t always happy when their teams spend a first-round draft pick on another guy at the same position, but Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw is looking forward to playing with David Wilson, the Virginia Tech running back drafted by the Giants in the first round.

I plan on using him as my project,” Bradshaw said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News. “He’s a very talented running back and he’s from Virginia. Two Virginia guys in this running back corps is going to be dangerous. I expect to use him as my project to get him better, to get him smarter and just to mature him a little bit, just to help him understand the NFL.”

Last year Bradshaw split carries with Brandon Jacobs, and he sounds like he’ll be happy splitting carries with Wilson, too. Bradshaw also said he’s going to work with Wilson on learning all the pass protections in the Giants’ playbook.

“If you can’t protect that quarterback, you can’t get out there,” Bradshaw said. “That’s how we look at it now.”

And Bradshaw will take it upon himself to make sure Wilson can get out there, even if that costs Bradshaw some playing time.

22 responses to “Ahmad Bradshaw: I’ll make David Wilson my project

  1. In an odd way … Wilson could extend Bradshaw’s career. He’s too fragile to carry the entire load … spreading it out may keep him in the league longer than if he has to put the entire running game on his back … and on his bad feet.

  2. team player. Bradshaw has always said and done the right things since the Giants drafted him in ’07.

  3. I wish more athletes had an attitude like Bradshaw instead of always thinking everything has to be about them. It’s definately a refreshing change of pace. Kudos to you, mr Bradshaw.

  4. That’s pretty cool. Bradshaw seems to embrace a team concept and that is what seperates the champions from the lower rungs. If anything that should provide a solid work enviroment for a rookie and maybe that’ll stay w ith Wilson when the time comes in his career to be a mentor.

  5. That’s what I like to see, team first attitude all the way! David Wilson will have a chance to learn from a former 7th round pick who has outplayed that status and then some with contributions to two championship runs and plenty of big time games along the way. Not to mention, throughout his career he has played through injuries that would keep all the internet comment board tough guys (myself included) in bed for months. So think on that before making your witty comments and jokes. Good stuff, Ahmad!

  6. Great job Bradshaw. It’s obvious that someone took you under their wing when you were a young player. This is how a pro should act.

  7. For all the bad that’s been said about Barber and Jacobs, Bradshaw’s attitude shows that his predecessors were good teammates. Barber was a good mentor to Jacobs even though Tiki showed himself to be egotistical and arrogant after his playing career. Jacobs was a loud-mouthed tough guy for sure, but he always treated Bradshaw as his little brother, showed immense respect for Derrick Ward and always looked at the running back corps as a team, not just a bunch of individuals.

  8. It makes financial sense for RBs to split carries. It extends their careers, thereby providing more years to earn an NFL salary.

    Smart approach by Bradshaw.

  9. It’s great to read some positive news once in a while it’s refreshing amongst all the negativity in this world as “misery loves company” seems to rule when someone is a good person (insert Tebow). High & tight boys as TC says. Hopefully all works out as football is a team sport. GO BLUE!!!

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