When the Giants spent their first-round pick (No. 32 overall) on the Virginia Tech product, it was expected that the dynamic runner would produce immediately. The Giants were so confident in his abilities that they didn’t even attempt to find a replacement for veteran Brandon Jacobs after he left via free agency.
Unfortunately for the Giants, Wilson has been more of a nuisance than anything else. He’s averaged only 1.3 yards per carry with a long of four yards and fumbled on his second NFL carry. Considering that Wilson displayed ball security issues throughout his time at Virginia Tech, the fumble wasn’t a good sign.
What makes the situation worse is that Wilson shined throughout the preseason. His performance was so strong that, at one point, rumors began to swirl that he could oust veteran Ahmad Bradshaw as the starter by midseason.
Since the fumble that caused Wilson to spend the rest of the opener in Tom Coughlin‘s doghouse, the rookie has seen less and less playing time. During the Giants’ Week 2 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Wilson only saw the field on six of 84 offensive snaps while serving as a change-of-pace back. Even when New York spanked the Carolina Panthers on Thursday, Wilson’s number was only called on two separate plays.
With backup Andre Brown exceeding expectations in Bradshaw’s absence, any hope of Wilson finding a role in the offense is quickly fading. Unless he can undergo exponential growth in the next week or two and makes the most of the seldom opportunities he receives during game day, Wilson could be looking at a lost rookie campaign.
Zero production is certainly not what the Giants were looking for from the first-round pick, but early indications are that will be the ultimate outcome from Wilson in 2012.
If Wilson continues shooting blanks in the next few weeks, he could end up as a healthy scratch on game days by midseason.