EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — First-round draft pick David Wilson had a lofty set of goals for his rookie season as a running back with the New York Giants.
Getting benched and ending up in coach Tom Coughlin’s doghouse after just two carries wasn’t on the list.
Wilson put himself in the “Chateau Bow-Wow” in the season opener last week when he fumbled at the Dallas 27 in the first quarter of a scoreless game. The Cowboys eventually won, 24-17.
The Virginia Tech product didn’t get another carry after that. He only returned kickoffs the rest of the way.
The 21-year-old hasn’t been taking the fumble well, and he said that the media’s constant questions over the past week have been the most difficult thing for him to deal with.
“They won’t let me forget about it,” Wilson told Newsday. “I’m trying to move on, and every day someone comes and asks me about it. I’m definitely surprised. Quarterbacks throw interceptions and running backs fumble all the time. I think even after I have a successful game, questions about the fumble will come again. I’ve fumbled before and it hasn’t stopped me from getting here. It might happen again. Just take a licking and keep on ticking.”
While coaches have been reminding him to carry the ball high and tight since the fumble, no one has been harder on Wilson than himself since the blunder.
In his two rushes last Wednesday, the final pick of the 2012 draft collected four yards in addition to his fumble. He also returned three kicks for 71 yards.
Giants fans, are you concerned about Wilson’s mental state, or is it just a case of a young player coming into his own? Offer your thoughts in the comments section below…
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