EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A year ago, running back David Wilson was looking forward to an opportunity to take over as the New York Giants' starting running back. Now, as the Giants begin their offseason program, Wilson is just hoping to be allowed back on the field.
The Giants' 2012 first-round draft pick injured his neck last year in a Week 5 game in Philadelphia and had surgery to repair the neck in January. He said Tuesday that he feels great and is eager to be cleared to play, but that his doctors still haven't seen a test result that convinces them Wilson's neck has healed sufficiently to allow him to play football.
"I feel great. I have no pain," Wilson said. "The only thing that's holding me back is a picture. They want to see that picture that shows I'm okay. So right now we just need to get the photograph that we need."
The Giants signed free-agent running back Rashad Jennings and plan to make him their starter, but they all know a healthy Wilson would be a significant weapon out of the backfield. They can't count on him being available, but if he is, they will find ways to work him and Jennings both into the offense.
"As far as a 1-2 punch, that's something we're going to strive to become," Jennings said. "He brings a special element to an offense."
In other Giants offseason injury news...
Left tackle Will Beatty, who broke his leg in the 2013 season finale, is walking without crutches or anything but will be brought along slowly during the offseason. Beatty said his goal is "just to keep up" -- i.e., to be on the field when his teammates are on the field. He believes he'll be ready for Week 1 but sounded less certain about the start of training camp, which is likely to be around July 22 this year due to the extra preseason game the Giants are playing.
Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who battled back and shoulder injuries in 2013, said he feels great and will be a full-go during the offseason program. Pierre-Paul also said he's 15 pounds lighter than he was last year, down from 285 pounds to 270, and that he feels comfortable at his new weight.
Guard Chris Snee said he's been working out as he would during a normal offseason and that neither of his surgically repaired hips is bothering him. He said overcompensating for the first surgically repaired hip last offseason caused him to injury the then-healthy one. Snee missed the final 13 games of 2013 but believes he'll be the player he used to be once 2014 begins. If he is, he's slated to start at right guard.
Safety Stevie Brown is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the 2013 preseason. He'll be brought along slowly. The team has a template for ACL recovery that Terrell Thomas provided last year, and they'll likely rest Brown more than usual in the offseason and in training camp. But with Will Hill facing a potentially lengthy suspension following his latest failed drug test, Brown may have to be a starter at safety this year.
Wide receiver Victor Cruz, who injured his knee in a December loss to Seattle and missed the final two games of the season, said he's 100 percent healed and a full-go.