Giants first-round pick RB David Wilson pens a list of goals before every season, only this year he was able to outsource a portion of that project.
“I got the coach typing it up right now to put it in my locker because I don’t have a printer,” Wilson said Saturday, although it was unclear which coach he was referring to.
But while Wilson was waiting to display this year’s list of goals, he reeled off a few specifics for inquiring reporters:
- “Five yards per carry”
- “Score at least 10 touchdowns”
- “No sacks” allowed on “my behalf”
- “A play of at least 20 yards” in every game
- “At least six 100-yard games”
- “No fumbles.”
Wilson won’t be accused of aiming too low, but don’t let his lofty goals fool you. The former Virginia Tech star is accustomed to accomplishing nearly everything he sets his mind to, such as winning the ACC Player of the Year award in 2011.
And while gaining five yards per carry and scoring 10 touchdowns sounds nice, the most important goals are more about avoiding negative plays: No sacks, no fumbles.
Wilson fumbled seven times in his final year with the Hokies and like any running back who joins the Giants, he’s expected to learn how to protect QB Eli Manning before he’ll be trusted with a healthy snap count.
In other words, Wilson can forget about six 100-yard games if he struggles with ball control or picking up blitzers.
Jayron Hosley expects to play Sunday: Hosley (toe) said he didn’t feel sore at Saturday’s practice and expects to be ready to play the Cowboys in the season opener on Wednesday.
Hosley -- who has a locker next to Wilson, his college roommate -- could share time at nickelback with S Will Hill.
Michael Boley returns to practice, but is still limited: Boley was in pads on Saturday, but didn’t appear to be doing too much during the open media portion of practice.
“I was limited today,” Boley said. “Been out for awhile. They don’t want to just say, ‘You know what, get back in there and take all the reps.’”
Boley said he’s “easing his way back into it,” which probably suggests he won’t be active this Wednesday against Dallas.
The good news is that OLB Keith Rivers has played well in Boley’s absence in the preseason and the team has added depth because they retained Spencer Paysinger.
Hakeem Nicks can play through lingering foot pain: Nicks’ surgically repaired right foot isn’t perfect, but after testing it in the final preseason game, the fourth-year receiver knows he won’t be hindered.
“When I’m out there it ain’t gonna be an issue,” Nicks said. “It’s a matter of, you know, football, pain is weakness leaving the body.”
Nicks said the 10-day break between the first and second games will “be beneficial,” but he doesn’t think he’ll be held back at all in the season opener.
And the practice squad is: WR David Douglas , DEMatt Broha , DE Craig Marshall , OL Matt McCants , OL Selvish Capers , OG Stephen Goodin , TE Larry Donnell and CB/KR Laron Scott.
All of the players were with the team during training camp. Douglas was rumored to be drawing interest from the Cowboys, but now he’ll likely be signed to the Giants if the team suffers any injuries at wide receiver.
Who didn’t practice? Besides PUP players Chris Canty (knee) and Travis Beckum (knee), DT Marvin Austin (back) and CB Prince Amukamara (ankle) each missed practice.
LT Will Beatty (back), RT James Brewer (back) as well as DEs Osi Umenyiora (knee) and Jason Pierre-Paul (back) all practiced.
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