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Some Wilson Film Study

Matt Bowen of NFP does a truly awesome job of breaking down film and schemes and players. I was perusing his archives, and found some stuff on David Wilson (he did something on Randle too, which will be up tomorrow). Let’s dive in:

Here’s the video Bowen uses to break down Wilson:



And here’s coaching points from Bowen:

– The reason I wanted to break down this play is simple: it is a pro scheme. No spread look here. Two-back set and the base “Lead Open.” One of the first runs that will be installed in camp along withthe Power O, Lead Strong and Counter OF. The four off-tackle runs you have to execute with production at the NFL level.

– I like the vision here from Wilson. Get downhill and bounce the run to the outside when the safety fits into the run front. An example of a back that will press the edge of the formation. Too often we will see young backs at the college level that play without creativity. See the field and go make a play.

– You have to acknowledge the vertical speed from Wilson once he gets his pads square to the line of scrimmage. This is what you want at the RB position. Use that “burst” to get to the second level of the defense, set up the block down the field and the finish at the goal line.

He clearly likes Wilson, which is good. Pro set, bounce outside, look at the speed, go. He can really run and it’s clear in the video. I think that’s the type of runs you’re going to see from Wilson with the Giants. Downhill, bounce outside. Stretch the defense. We were all clamoring for an inside back, but I don’t think we can underestimate how good of an inside runner Ahmad Bradshaw is. Yes, he has breakaway speed, and is dangerous in space, but he’s compact and strong enough to churn between the tackles. I still think the Giants need a short yardage, goal line back. I don’t think DJ Ware is that type of back. Perhaps the Giants will bring someone in. The UDFA Joe Martinek from Rutgers could fill that role, potentially. But, Wilson adds that speed dynamic to the Giants offense, something, let’s face it, the Giants haven’t had for awhile. So, while Wilson could be viewed as a luxury pick, there’s a real role for him to play and I think it will open up the offense.


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One Response to “Some Wilson Film Study”

  1. Jason C. says:

    Wow, that is ELITE speed, no question about it, now if only he can hold onto the ball, and keep his legs churning between the tackles (which I’m hearing he can).

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