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John Mara: Giants planned for not having David Wilson

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There’s a lot of pessimism around the Giants when it comes to running back David Wilson’s chances of playing this season after he suffered a burner in one of his first practices after getting cleared to return to action after spinal fusion surgery, but not a lot of surprise.

The long wait for Wilson to get clearance and the nature of his injury gave the team plenty of reason to plan for the possibility that Wilson would not be part of the mix. Co-owner John Mara said it would have been foolish for the team to proceed any other way.

“I think given what he went through, the surgery he went through, it would have been foolish not to be [prepared],” Mara said on ESPN Radio, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “We signed Rashad Jennings, we drafted Andre Williams, we signed Peyton Hillis again, so we do have some depth there. We have Michael Cox there, so someone is going to have to step up and do it now. Rashad Jennings is a good NFL running back and Peyton Hillis has been a good NFL running back and we’ve got some good young guys behind them, so we do have some depth.”

None of those backs have the same speed and big-play threat that Wilson brings to the table, but Mara’s words suggest that the Giants were looking at those things as a bonus for the coming season. It looks like Jennings will be the starter with Hillis serving as his backup and Williams challenging for short-yardage and goal-line work as a rookie. It isn’t the most imposing group, but may not have to be if Eli Manning and the passing game get back on track.

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23 Responses to “John Mara: Giants planned for not having David Wilson”
  1. chalkruz1989 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:08 AM

    Obviously greed plays a part, but, such an instance makes me understand why players hold out and demand the most money they can get.

    I am 25 and have a long career in the business world ahead of me, I hope. David Wilson is only 23 years old and his career in the NFL could be over. He could be faced with the struggle of life after football without banking the cash he’d expected and having the lengthy career he had hoped.

    Whatever comes from this, the most important is that David doesn’t further injure himself and instead makes a sound decision for not only his football future, but life after football.

  2. floratiotime says: Aug 1, 2014 9:11 AM

    It’s sad to see this happen to a good citizen like Wilson while wife beaters and women abusers get a lousy 2 games off.

  3. dgimbz says: Aug 1, 2014 9:23 AM

    Who said Wilson was a good citizen? Everyone thought Ray Rice was a good citizen before one day in AC.

  4. kd75 says: Aug 1, 2014 9:36 AM

    Michael Cox. The Giants lead the NFL in former UMass players.

  5. haydenpryor says: Aug 1, 2014 9:37 AM

    My fantasy team last year definitely wasn’t prepared to lose him

  6. JackedUpSports says: Aug 1, 2014 9:47 AM

    Feel terriblefor this kid. So much talent unfulfilled

  7. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 1, 2014 10:01 AM

    David Wilson retires in two weeks. Best of luck to him in the future.

  8. bigbosscrispy says: Aug 1, 2014 10:09 AM

    Another first round draft pick bites the dust for the G-Men….. SMH
    Jerry Reese should get the boot ASAP And they should fire everyone in the scouting department too
    They passed on alshon jeffery, lamichael James Ty Hilton and a few other guys in the 2012 draft that are major contributors…

  9. dallassux says: Aug 1, 2014 10:14 AM

    floratiotime says:
    Aug 1, 2014 9:11 AM

    It’s sad to see this happen to a good citizen like Wilson while wife beaters and women abusers get a lousy 2 games off.

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    Says the guy who roots for Lawrence Taylor

  10. 700levelvet says: Aug 1, 2014 10:15 AM

    Man. He’s 23 years old… No way he would make as much in another profession…no matter how hard he studied… At 23.., hate the giants but feel bad for the guy

  11. 90lions81 says: Aug 1, 2014 10:26 AM

    Peyton Hillis is a beast!!!! He will have the most yards in that backfield.

  12. imbetterthanyou says: Aug 1, 2014 10:33 AM

    “floratiotime says:
    Aug 1, 2014 9:11 AM

    It’s sad to see this happen to a good citizen like Wilson while wife beaters and women abusers get a lousy 2 games off.

    ——————————————————————————

    Says the guy who roots for Lawrence Taylor”

    Says the guys who either rooted for a dog killer or is a fan of the Washington Somewhat professional football team

  13. philahitman says: Aug 1, 2014 10:43 AM

    I really hope it makes it back to the field for the Ginas. I really love all the free posessions he gives away to other teams. With him AND Eli, everyday will be Christmas in the NFC East.

  14. censorshipstinks says: Aug 1, 2014 10:48 AM

    How much and who is Mara going to take Cap Space this time?

  15. ctgiant says: Aug 1, 2014 10:52 AM

    John Mara really is STILL A WANNBE look good owner, who has all under control. His father would have him “get him the daily newspaper”, if he was alive!
    53 years and watching, giants have had really bad drafts, and since DW has a narrowing of the spine, which I read about, at his position it worries me that one hit and might be Daryl Stingley, and I never want to see that again.
    At 23 years old, I don’t know how he will take leaving the game if told he has to do it?
    But I wish him and his family the best, a real good kid!
    CT GIANT

  16. bmadormo says: Aug 1, 2014 10:53 AM

    John Mara sure talks a lot. So very different than his dad

  17. jjgmrg901 says: Aug 1, 2014 10:57 AM

    Hey Philahitman,
    You know you are very funny. Can we exchange pictures of the Lomabardi trophies that the Eagles have won and I will send a picture of the four the Giants have won. I will wait to hear from you.

  18. junkfooddaddy says: Aug 1, 2014 11:03 AM

    John Mara thinks of everything and he is a swell guy

  19. sidepull says: Aug 1, 2014 11:34 AM

    Riche Rich reminds me of john mara, both spoiled little….

  20. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 1, 2014 11:57 AM

    chalkruz1989 says:
    Aug 1, 2014 9:08 AM
    Obviously greed plays a part, but, such an instance makes me understand why players hold out and demand the most money they can get.

    I am 25 and have a long career in the business world ahead of me, I hope. David Wilson is only 23 years old and his career in the NFL could be over. He could be faced with the struggle of life after football without banking the cash he’d expected and having the lengthy career he had hoped.

    Whatever comes from this, the most important is that David doesn’t further injure himself and instead makes a sound decision for not only his football future, but life after football.
    —————–

    Greed is rarely part of it, except in a few exceptional situations.

    It’s called maximizing earning power through a small window of time that may be even smaller than you believed when you set out.

    Only a fool (or one with a fully guaranteed contract) would do otherwise in the NFL contract landscape.

  21. redbeardxxv says: Aug 1, 2014 4:04 PM

    bigbosscrispy says:
    Aug 1, 2014 10:09 AM
    Another first round draft pick bites the dust for the G-Men….. SMH
    Jerry Reese should get the boot ASAP And they should fire everyone in the scouting department too
    They passed on alshon jeffery, lamichael James Ty Hilton and a few other guys in the 2012 draft that are major contributors…
    ————————————————-

    Exactly! Reese should have known he was gonna get injured! His crystal ball must be broken. I just wish he’d have stopped Plax from blowing a hole in his leg… I mean, he had to see that coming too.. I say we fire him and Hire Miss Cleo. I’m done with these GM’s that can’t see the future and do nothing for my team except win 2 SB’s in 7 years. He’s done a terrible job!

  22. n0hopeleft says: Aug 1, 2014 11:47 PM

    Eli giving away free possessions in the nfc east? The equivalent of that comment would be playing Philly in the month of January. You’re almost guaranteed a win..

    The difference is Eli has played and won in January. TWICE. Joking about one BAD season shows how fickle Philly really is.

  23. dallassux says: Aug 2, 2014 5:36 PM

    Aug 1, 2014 11:47 PM
    Eli giving away free possessions in the nfc east? The equivalent of that comment would be playing Philly in the month of January. You’re almost guaranteed a win..

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    Guranteed win against the eagles in January? Ummm unless you are the giants who the eagles have beaten twice in January. Oops. Checks facts first. Too much wine and cheese in that club box I guess

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