There was a lot of back-flipping going on with New York Giants’ rookie RB David Wilson, and rightfully so. Wilson was getting an opportunity to get more carries after the season-ending injury to RB Andre Brown. Wilson didn’t do much in last week’s loss to the Washington Redskins, but last night was a different story.
Wilson racked up over 200 return yards on special teams, which included a kickoff return for a touchdown immediately following a touchdown from the New Orleans Saints’ defense. Wilson was getting huge returns all day, as the Giants’ offense were constantly starting drives in the Saints’ territory.
David Wilson didn’t just dominate on special teams, however. He was also a force offensively as well, scoring two touchdowns and rushing for 100 yards. This is the kind of performance Wilson envisioned having when he was drafted to take the place of RB Brandon Jacobs.
Wilson’s performance set an NFL record, as no one before had racked up over 200 return yards and 100 rushing yards in one game. This performance is definitely most likely not to happen again, but head coach Tom Coughlin and the players were impressed with Wilson’s efforts out there.
Most importantly for Wilson was that he had the ball in his hands many times and never fumbled. Back in Week 1, Wilson was put in the dog house by Coughlin because of a fumble on his first carry. He hasn’t fumbled since so that is a very good sign.
David Wilson will need to continue to deliver home run hitting plays for the offense in these last three games in order for the Giants to win. As WR Victor Cruz said, he is their most athletic talent on offense. Giants’ fans won’t be asking for a dominant performance like yesterday, but they would sure like to see big plays from him.