When David Wilson was selected by the New York Giants with the final pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft he was accompanied by high hopes. He was expected to make an immediate impact in a running game that ranked last in the NFL last season and was losing Brandon Jacobs.
However, sometimes a good storybook needs a little adversity and Wilson met that adversity in the Week 1 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys where he fumbled his second NFL carry and found himself in Tom Coughlin’s doghouse.
Wilson watched as opportunity after opportunity passed him by. Andre Brown went on to have a couple of very good games replacing Ahmad Bradshaw who went down with injury. Wilson was on the sidelines.
Slowly but surely, Tom Coughlin and Kevin Gilbride have snuck Wilson into games, mostly as a kick returner where he has shined. Yesterday, he returned the opening kick of the second half for 66 yards. However, Wilson wants more. It isn’t enough that he is a potential threat to take a kickoff back for a touchdown, he wants to do it. I have no doubt that that day is coming.
He has seen himself start to become part of the offense again with Andre Brown out with a concussion tom Coughlin turned to Wilson to get his feet wet again running the football against the Cleveland Browns. Wilson responded by running 40 yards for a touchdown, his first of his career.
As the Giants wound down the clock against the San Francisco 49ers, Wilson found himself playing feature back, getting 7 carries and taking them for 35 yards including a 20-yard run.
Wilson is learning. He still has a lot of learning to do in pass protection but he is certainly eager to make the most of his time on the field, either returning kicks or finishing out games in the fourth quarter. There is no doubt that Wilson will start to see more time with the offense moving forward and could supplant Brown as the number two running back very soon.