David Wilson is no one-hit wonder, and he'll prove it on Sunday when the New York Giants take on the Atlanta Falcons.
Wilson, the Giants' first-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, will be making the first start of his career with starting running back Ahmad Bradshaw out of action with a sprained knee, as reported by Mark Hale of the New York Post (via Twitter):
Last week against the New Orleans Saints, Wilson had his coming out party, as ESPN aptly called the rookie's performance (via Twitter):
David Wilson's coming out party for @giants. 100 rush yards, 2 TD to go with a 97-yd kickoff return TD.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 10, 2012
Atlanta's run defense isn't as porous as the Saints defense is, but the Falcons aren't exactly stout against the run, allowing 4.9 yards per carry and 127 rushing yards per game.
While the Giants have become much more of a passing team in recent years, relying on Eli Manning to move the ball downfield to dynamic receivers like Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, Tom Coughlin’s team still runs the ball roughly 26 times per game.
With Bradshaw out of action and Andre Brown on injured reserve, the only other options for Big Blue are fullback Henry Hynoski and the recently signed duo of Kregg Lumpkin and Ryan Torain.
Translation: David Wilson is going to get the bulk of the carries for the Giants on Sunday afternoon.
Four players have picked up at least 100 yards on the ground against Atlanta this season: Denver’s Willis McGahee in Week 2 (113 yards, two touchdowns), Washington’s Alfred Morris in Week 5 (115 yards), Arizona’s LaRod Stephens-Howling (127 yards and a touchdown in Week 11) and Carolina’s Cam Newton, who had 116 yards and a touchdown against Atlanta last week.
David Wilson will become the fifth member of that club on Sunday. Make sure he’s in your lineup so that you can reap the benefits.