Posted September 09, 2013

David Wilson benched following two costly fumbles against Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, NFC East
Ball-security issues have David Wilson back in Tom Coughlin's doghouse.

Ball-security issues have David Wilson back in Tom Coughlin’s doghouse. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

David Wilson’s 2012 season began rather inauspiciously when the then-rookie running back fumbled in a 24-17 loss against Dallas. Wilson spent the next 13 or so weeks just trying to work his way back into the Giants’ running back rotation, which he only really managed to accomplish after Andre Brown broke his leg in late November.

This year was supposed to be different. With Brown again sidelined by a leg injury and longtime Giant Ahmad Bradshaw in Indianapolis, Wilson entered 2013 as the unquestioned top dog in New York’s backfield.

But another matchup with Dallas, and another nightmare for Wilson, may leave the Giants seeking out other options in the coming days.

Wilson was benched in favor of Da’Rel Scott during the Giants’ Sunday night game with the Cowboys, after the second-year back coughed up a pair of fumbles and whiffed on a key block, allowing a sack of Eli Manning. The sack came two plays after New York’s Ryan Mundy picked off a Tony Romo pass and returned it to the Dallas 1. As Manning dropped to throw, George Selvie came through off the right side of the Giants’ line and managed to sidestep a flailing Wilson for a free shot at the QB.

For as poor as that effort was, though, the pair of turnovers were far more damaging. The first came on a 1st-and-goal from the Dallas’ 8 and killed a promising Giants drive. The second resulted in a Cowboys touchdown, when Barry Church scooped up the loose ball and raced to the end zone.

Ironically enough, Wilson really started to cement his status as the Giants’ go-to back after a Brown fumble in the team’s preseason opener.

“You could be in the doghouse for a while if you put that ball on the ground here,” Brown admitted after that miscue, per the New York Daily News.

The Giants believed that Wilson had put his error-prone ways in the past — and with Brown on injured reserve for at least eight weeks, they had almost no choice but to keep that faith.

Scott, Brown’s fill-in on Sunday night, had all of 25 yards on 11 rush attempts over his first two NFL seasons. So even if Wilson works his way back into the starting lineup, the Giants could check out the free-agent market, where names like Willis McGahee, Michael Turner and Kevin Smith lurk; or they could go searching for a trade to add some depth.

Regardless of what’s next, this certainly isn’t where the Giants planned to be one game into the season. Wilson may have a bright future ahead of him as an NFL running back, but he has much more work to do to earn Coughlin’s trust.

“Don’t think for a second I’m down on myself,” Wilson tweeted Monday. “everything happens for a reason I’m too blessed; wouldn’t be life if I didn’t have no obstacles.”

 

6 comments
OK
OK

May someone in Jersey please break both of David Wilson's hands.

Adam B2
Adam B2

Really can't blame Coughlin for benching Wilson. 2 fumbleslost cost the Giants points for & against and he missed the blocking assignment at the 1 yd line, almost got Eli killed. Horrible performance but Wilson.

s1lkman
s1lkman

Fighting for that extra yard allows defenders to stand you up while others strip the ball, especially when your not a big back. Learning when to go down and maybe the tiki barber tutorial in ball handling after he had his problems. The high and tight no daylight between ball and arm. Either way Wilson cost the team 11 points, Scott cost the team 7. You can forgive Eli for his because he makes up for it. Giants will get a RB this week Turner, Wells, or Dwyer. Which one

Ted3
Ted3

This is pretty ridiculous. Wilson had one fumble last year and it happened on his 2nd NFL carry. When he finally got playing time again, he was a beast. Of course Wilson has 2 to start this year and is now right back in the dog house. This is why I hate Coughlin. RBs have bad games sometimes and Coughlin's attitude towards the player afterwards is benching them for the year. Who cares about talent and potential? I mean Eli was the man his first season in the NFL. Didn't make a mistake ... Being a perfectionist is great and all, but it can be detrimental to the production of your team when you take it as far as Coughlin does.

junior18
junior18

@OK How many times are you going to use this lame joke? You need new material.

s1lkman
s1lkman

On a positive....despite 6 turnovers they still looked good. The defense is much better, especially the open field tackling. Terrel Thomas looked great. Mundy looks like a starter. And it looks like as long as Eli is playing they always have a shot. The linebackers stink but thank God the defensive line covers fior alot of that, except when teams throw over the middle to the tight end. Tuck looked good and I thought he was shot last year. I can see them beating Denver next week.....with their new running back off the scrap heap...Wilson will get another shot, but he now will need to split more time...