Whereas he entered last season as the unquestioned lead back, Wilson is now ticketed for a change-of-pace role in Ben McAdoo's offense.
"We brought in Rashad Jennings and he's definitely a bell cow type of a running back," general manager Jerry Reese told WFAN-AM in New York on Monday. "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. ... 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 the ball to him in different ways and obviously he'll help in the return game."
Jennings is reliable in pass protection and didn't have a single fumble on 163 carries last season. Those qualities will endear him to coach Tom Coughlin, who has sent Wilson to the doghouse on several occasions.
Even if he stays healthy for 16 games, Wilson is not a good bet to exceed his 157 career touches on offense.