It was against the Dallas Cowboys in week one that New York Giants running back David Wilson made the one mistake that a rookie can't make, especially playing for Tom Coughlin. He fumbled the ball in the red zone, costing the Giants crucial points. Since that incident, Wilson hasn't seen the field much at the running back position until recently. One of Coughlin's biggest pet peeves is fumbling the ball, and if you're guilty of doing so, you may end up in the dog house, which Wilson discovered. But Wilson isn't seeking any redemption against Dallas, just a win.
“I just hope we win,” Wilson said. “That’s the main thing. We lost the last time we played.”
Tomorrow's game is a chance to show Dallas what he could have done if he didn't fumble early in the game, but Wilson insists he's not focused on that. He said he's unsure whether the fumble in the first game has affected his playing time at all this season, but he admits it's a possibility.
“Maybe,” Wilson said. “Only the coaches know that.”
One area the fumble certainly didn't affect his playing time is his role as kick returner. Wilson has been explosive, wasting no time finding the seams, usually giving the Giants offense great starting field position. He is averaging 28.1 yards per return, which ranks second in return yards among players with at least twenty attempts. Wilson feels if he can eventually bust a few for touch downs, that type of production could get him some Pro Bowl consideration.
“If I do pretty well on these kick returns, I possibly could make the Pro Bowl if I get some in the end zone. So that’s the main thing,” Wilson said.
Although he had the intention of making an impact for the Giants as a running back when he was drafted, Wilson is more than content making his presence felt in the return game.
“It’s a good feeling because you can be the spark to the offense,” Wilson said. “So going out there catching the kickoff and trying to give them good field position or trying to score, it’s a spark for the whole team.”
Wilson possesses immense speed and burst that the other Giants' running backs lack. That is one reason he is such a valuable asset in the return game. If Wilson continues to impress on kick returns, it's only a matter of time until the coaches feel he deserves a larger role in the running back rotation.
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