The New York Giants are loving what they saw from rookie running back David Wilson last Sunday, but what they didn't love seeing was his choice of touchdown celebrations. Wilson, who reached the end zone three times against the New Orleans Saints, likes to show off his athleticism by doing a backflip after every score. Though impressive, members of the Giants organization, such as defensive captain Justin Tuck, would prefer a different form of celebration.
"I told him several times never to do that again," Tuck said Wednesday. "We're going to have another talk about not doing it. Everyone knows how athletic he is, but the last thing we need is him having some tweak injury by showing off to the crowd.
"Let's just keep him upright and running and leave the backflips for YouTube. They're already on YouTube. If people want to see them, they can go to YouTube and see them."
Aware of his teammates' concern, Wilson told reporters none of the coaches or ownership have told him to flat out stop doing it. Although he admitted General Manager Jerry Reese told him if he were to hurt himself, he wouldn't hear the end of it.
"Nobody asked me to stop," Wilson said. "Reese just told me if I get hurt, then he'll be in my grille."
Though he understands the potential for injury, he insists there is nothing to worry about. This is something he's done all his life, and he's never missed a landing.
"It's a possibility they can go wrong," he said. "But for me, I've been doing 'em since I was three years old. It's like easy — it's almost like running, for me to jump and turn backwards. I've been doing it for a while, I think people can relax a little."
Wilson enjoyed a coming out party in the team's last game, setting a franchise record with 327 all-purpose yards (200 in kick returns, 100 rushing), and three touchdowns.
"That's one of the most impressive games I've seen, especially from a rookie who kind of got in the doghouse early," Tuck said of Wilson.. "To show that will to come back and continue to work and showcase that — without him we don't win that game on Sunday (against the Saints).
"We have to try our best now to keep his head the same size it is right now."
While Tuck has been the most outspoken about the issue, quarterback Eli Manning seems to be more on the indifferent side.
"That means he's scoring touchdowns," Manning said. "So that's fine by me."
When asked by reporters what he thought of Wilson's touchdown celebration, Head Coach Tom Coughlin stuck by his stoic reputation and chose not to answer at all.
"Next question," Coughlin said. "You're not going to get me on that one."
With starter Ahmad Bradshaw's status still up in the air for Sunday's game with a sprained knee, Wilson could see some more touches and more opportunities for his end zone acrobatics.
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