It’s safe to say David Wilson is out of the doghouse.
After a costly Week 1 fumble, Tom Coughlin reduced the New York Giants’ first-round pick to a return ace until an Ahmad Bradshaw knee injury against the New Orleans Saints forced the head coach to give Wilson a second chance.
The rookie took advantage.
The former Virginia Tech halfback rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on just 13 carries to lead the G-Men to a 52-27 victory. He also showed why Coughlin kept him on special teams as he racked up 224 kickoff return yards and another touchdown.
New York already boasted an explosive arsenal of weapons featuring the likes of Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Martellus Bennett and Bradshaw. Add Wilson to the mix in an offense generaled by two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning, and the Giants look as dangerous as ever with the playoffs on the horizon.
Bradshaw, who later returned to Sunday’s game, is at his best in a two-back system. Andre Brown proved to have a nose for the end zone before breaking his fibula. But the 6’0”, 227-pound runner wasn’t a home-run threat.
And neither is Bradshaw. He’s shifty, but lacks breakaway speed and hasn’t had a run longer than 48 yards in the past four seasons. Wilson had a 52-yard run and 97-yard kickoff return for touchdowns on Sunday.
He adds a whole new element to New York’s offense. A playmaker who only needs one play to take it to the house demands special attention from a defense. That’s what Wilson does and it’s something the Giants didn’t even have in their Super Bowl years.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.