The Giants turned the ball over six times on Sunday night against the Cowboys and two of those turnovers came on fumbles by second-year running back David Wilson.
Two fumbles in a night can be enough to get many backs benched, but Wilson came into the game with a reputation for putting the ball on the ground dating back to his Virginia Tech days. Wilson was benched after the second fumble in favor of Da’Rel Scott, although coach Tom Coughlin said after the game that Wilson needed to play to improve and that the Giants needed him.
When he’ll play is still up in the air. Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Coughlin said Monday that he’s “not going to get into” whether Wilson will be back in the starting lineup for the Manning Bowl against the Broncos in Week Two. He confirmed the team was going to be looking at other running back options Tuesday, a group that will reportedly include Brandon Jacobs and Willis McGahee, but made no predictions about how playing time would be doled out in the backfield.
It’s a good bet that one of those running backs is going to get a contract. According to the league’s transaction report, the Giants cut defensive end Adewale Ojomo on Monday. That leaves them at 52 players with a pretty clear indication about how they plan to get back to the maximum.