Former first-rounder David Wilson has yet to receive formal clearance from doctors after offseason neck surgery, but the Giants remain hopeful he will soon.
General Manager Jerry Reese said on WFAN that Wilson was expected to be ready come training camp.
They hedged their bets anyway by signing free agent Rashad Jennings, but are optimistic that Wilson can become the explosive player they thought they were drafting in 2012.
“We brought in Rashad Jennings and he’s definitely a bell cow type of a running back – he can run it, he can catch it, he can block, he can do everything with it,” Reese said. “David Wilson is an explosive player, but first and foremost we’re concerned about his health.
“We do think all systems are go pretty much for him to be healthy and ready for contact during training camp. We held him out for spring, no contact at all, but unless he has a setback we expect to release him for full contact during the fall. Any time he touches the ball he can go the distance. In this West Coast Offense, we’ll try to get them ball to him in different ways and obviously he’ll help in the return game.”
That’s the strongest suggestion yet that they expect him to be full strength, and a big contributor to their new offense under coordinator Ben McAdoo.