John Fennelly, Lead Writer
The David Wilson Era did not get off to a good start to say the least. He fumbled twice and it effectively cost the Giants the game. His first miscue came on a first and goal in the first quarter after the Giants drove 82 yards on four plays. It cost the Blue at least three points.
The second took place after halftime on a 2nd and 15 from the Giants’ 24. Wilson was stripped of the ball, which was recovered by Cowboys’ safety Barry Church, who ran it in for a TD putting Dallas up by ten.
Wilson was pulled from the game and never returned. Da’Rel Scott would take the RB reps the rest of the game.
“In that situation, the coach makes that decision. I can’t blame him for that,” Wilson said after the game. “That’s really all I got. Going back to work. Get this game behind me. Like I said, God will bring me through it. I have got to work hard. And my teammates have my back. I’m looking forward to moving to the next game.”
Ball security is not Wilson’s only issue right now. His blocking last night was spotty to put it kindly. The injury to Andre Brown leaves the Giants with little choice but to keep lining Wilson up and hope he straightens up.
“That is just not an option,” said Eli Manning when asked about Wilson losing confidence. “You have days like that. Obviously, I can’t turn the ball over three times, we had fumbles. We’ll get him back in the mix. He’s going to have to play for us and play well. Usually the best thing to do for a guy after a couple fumbles is to give him the ball again and let him get his confidence back just by running hard and playing well.”
Scott knows Wilson is better than what he showed. He also agrees Wilson is the man going forward.
“We just have to keep each other up. We have to have each other’s back,” said Scott after the game. “I have his back no matter what, and I know he has mine. We will try to stay on top of him, and we’ll bounce back next week, for sure. He is a hell of a back, and we need him on our team. So, we need him.”
Every team has such issues. The Giants once had a young back with a propensity for fumbling. He got fixed. Look how that turned out.