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Giants turn to rookie RB Wilson for stretch run

Associated Press Modified: November 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm •  Published: November 27, 2012

"He's done a pretty good job so far," Hynoski said, "and I'm going to be extra hard on him this week getting him prepared. And I know coaches will be too."

Wilson plans to spend his off days Tuesday and Wednesday at the Giants headquarters putting in some extra work.

"The other weeks, you come in hoping and just trying to be persistent, and hoping and wishing you get your opportunity, and now you know this week, you will," Wilson said. "You automatically take a different approach."

Wilson actually had time to warm up on Sunday, noting the coaches had told him he was going to replace Brown on the play after he was hurt. As Wilson jogged onto the field, he saw Brown getting up slowly and knew he was hurt. He didn't learn until later that the injury would open the door for him.

Wilson ended up getting six carries against the Packers. He gained 11 yards.

"It's his time," coach Tom Coughlin said of Wilson. "The timing as far as where he's coming from couldn't be any better, I don't think. If he's been very vigilant, and paid attention to the way that people have been corrected in front of him, then he's going to give himself the best opportunity. It is a great opportunity for him and I think for our team as well."

Coughlin did not say who would take over Brown's roll near the goal line. He ran for eight touchdowns this season, most from inside the 5-yard line. The powerful Bradshaw, who has run for 733 yards and five touchdowns, would seem to be the go-to guy now.

"I'm just going to go out there and play football," Wilson said, "and play as hard as I can and provide production for my team."

The Giants signed running backs Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin on Tuesday, and terminated running back Joe Martinek's practice squad contract.

Torain played one season with Denver and two with Washington, running for 1,011 yards in 20 games. Lumpkin has played for Green Bay and Tampa Bay.


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