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David Wilson expected to be N.Y. Giants' starting back

In our "Making the Leap" feature, we opined that the New York Giants won't be able to keep running back David Wilson off the field because Andre Brown doesn't share the former's rare playmaking ability.

Giants general manager Jerry Reese acknowledged as much Friday morning on "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" on ESPN Radio.

Although Wilson and Brown entered training camp as co-starters, the former now stands alone atop the Giants' depth chart.

"We expect (Wilson) to be our starter, and be in the backfield with Andre Brown, who had a terrific season going last year until he got hurt," Reese said. "(Brown's) had the injury bug a little bit since he's been in the league. But if he can stay healthy, and David Wilson comes on like we expect him too, we think we can have a pretty dynamic backfield."

The Giants' first two preseason games have exhibited defined backfield roles. Wilson has been the primary tailback on early downs, only to give way to Brown on third downs and in obvious passing situations. The coaching staff still is hesitant to trust Wilson as a pass protector.

Brown handled short-yardage chores for a portion of last season, but we've noticed that Wilson has remained in the game when the Giants are on the doorstep of the end zone.

Considering Brown's inability to stay healthy going back to his college days at N.C. State, there's not a better breakout candidate at the position than the dynamic Wilson.

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