After an early fumble, the Giants had to learn to trust David Wilson.
Now, they don’t have much choice in the matter.
The rookie running back will have a much bigger role because of Andre Brown’s broken leg, and that’s changed things for him.
“The other weeks you come in hoping and wishing you get your opportunity,” Wilson said, via Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com. “And now you know this week, you will.”
Since fumbling on his second pro carry, Wilson has been a bit player, with just 24 carries this season. Coaches have preached to him that he had to improve at pass protection and reading defenses as well, but his first priority has to be hanging onto the ball.
“It’s his time,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “The timing as far as where he’s coming from couldn’t be any better. It is a great opportunity for him, and I think for our team as well, in terms of what could develop here for David.”
He’s shown flashes as a return man, but the early fumble and the success of the back drafted one spot ahead of him (Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin) makes it easy to declare his first season a disappointment.
But Monday in Washington, he’ll have a chance to change his own story.