East Rutherford, NJ - Oh Mr. Wilson, where art thou have been? No, I am not talking about Mr. Wilson from Dennis the Menace, I am talking about the guy they call “Turbo”, David Wilson from the NY Giants. We haven’t seen this much excitement on kick returns since… since…. Dave Meggett. The New York Football Giants have maintained a one game lead on the NFC east by beating the New Orleans Saints in a rout to a score of 52-27.
David Wilson, the 32nd overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft out of the University of Virgina Tech, was a major contributor in setting a team record for all-purpose yards in a single game; 327 total yards and 3 TDs. In the first game of the regular season, Wilson received a handoff off tackle and fumbled. He was automatically sent to the dreaded Tom Coughlin “dog house”. Coming out of the draft, many experts said that he would have trouble picking up the blitz and continue to have fumbling issues at the NFL level, they were right! Although Wilson was in the doghouse, he was still given an opportunity to showcase his “world class” football speed in handling kick returns; did TC get it right on this move? ABSOLUTELY!
Not only did he get RB duties; 13 carries, 100 yds, 7.7 avg, 2 TD’s but on kick returns, Wilson amassed 4 Returns and 227 ret.yds, 56.8 avg. He was clearly the difference maker for the Giants in which the team did not play well overall. Drew Brees (26 of 43, 354 yds 1, TD, 2 INT) was able to slice and dice the Giants secondary at will but was to little, to late as the Saints were behind by three scores late in the game.
The Giants front four will need to tighten up; as the Saints got within eight late in the third qtr. and gave up another 100+ yard game (142 yds) to them as well. Something to think about Gabbers; what if the Saints weren’t down by three scores in the fourth quarter? I believe the Saints would have been able to continue to gash the defense, both running and passing and possibly win the game. If the Giants want to make some noise, they will need to stop the opposing running game and allow that front four to do what they do best; SACK THE QB!
What about Ahmad Bradshaw? Is this the beginning to an end for Ahmad? Was he out because of the hot hand in David Wilson or was he having injury issues again? Turns out, Bradshaw injured his left knee in the 1st half; hence Wilson’s production in the end. Some very important issues to keep in mind for the next couple of weeks. If I were Tom Coughlin, pending the health of Bradshaw, I would continue to sprinkle Wilson in the offense and just let the man RUN.
Fantasy football purposes: Continue to roll out Eli Manning, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Martellus Bennett. Bradshaw; keep tabs on his health situation and insert Wilson as a flex play. If you get points on return yardage; he probably hasn’t even been removed from your starting lineup.