It's been a rough 72 hours for New York Giants starting running back David Wilson, which started with the two fumbles and eventually being benched for the rest of the game in the team's 36-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys this past Sunday night.
The rough go has continued with veteran running backs like Brandon Jacobs and Willis McGahee being brought in for workouts and also with Tom Coughlin refusing to commit to Wilson being the starter in the Giants Week 2 game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Many feel that Wilson could end up sitting in the game against Denver as sort of an "NFL lesson" for the youngster.
But despite all of that, Wilson's teammates are publicly supporting him and rallying around the former first round pick because they feel that he's a tremendous part of the team who can do damage on the field and when he has the ball in his hands. On Tuesday, Giants star wide receiver Victor Cruz sat down with Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton of WFAN and said the team needs Wilson going forward if they want to have success.
“We don’t want to mentally get down,” Cruz said. “I just want to talk to [Wilson] and keep his spirits high, and understand that we’re behind him. We’re going to need him to make plays. He’s a dynamic running back, and we’re going to need him to make plays in order for us to win ball games."
Cruz also mentioned how he knows Wilson's probably feeling pretty down on himself after the lousy performance against the Cowboys since it's the second straight opening game where he lost a fumble, but Cruz told Esiason and Carton early Tuesday morning that Wilson needs to stay positive and work through the fumbling issues.
“We’ve just gotta keep his emotions high, keep his mentality positive, and we can go from there. . . . It’s definitely a tough time for him and he’s gotta get through it.”
Wilson's first fumble was on a first and goal where the Giants were driving to take the lead in the first quarter, but Wilson fumbled on the 8-yard-line and gave the Cowboys the ball back. His other fumble was the Giants first possession of the third quarter, as Wilson put the ball on the ground again, which was recovered by Cowboys safety Barry Church for a Dallas touchdown, which had put them up 20-10 in the game.
Wilson ended the night with seven carries for 19 yards and no touchdowns in the game before giving way to Da'Rel Scott, who finished out the game as the starting running back in the second half.
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