New York Giants running back David Wilson fought his way out of coach Tom Coughlin’s doghouse once before.
It appears he will have to do it again.
Wilson had issues holding onto the ball as a rookie, but worked hard to gain the trust of his coaches last season. He finished out that season so strong, coaches were confident enough to let Wilson battle Andre Brown for a starting position this offseason. Wilson eventually won the job, and Brown was placed on short-term IR after fracturing his leg in the preseason finale.
However, Wilson fumbled twice during a recent 36-31 loss against the Dallas Cowboys, and Coughlin eventually benched his starting running back. When asked if Wilson will start against the Denver Broncos, Coughlin was noncommittal on Monday.
“I’m not going to get into that yet,” Coughlin said. “We’ll see what happens here as we get started in the week.”
Coughlin did not address reports that New York planned to work out Brandon Jacobs and Willis McGahee on Tuesday. Da’Rel Scott, who replaced Wilson on Sunday, and rookie Michael Cox are the only remaining running backs on New York’s roster.
It is hard to imagine Coughlin will bench Wilson this weekend. New York does not have many options in its ground game. Wilson may have fumbled twice, but New York committed six turnovers. He was just one of the problems New York had, and despite those issues, the Giants were only defeated by five points.
Considering how impressive Denver's offense was in the season opener, New York will need Wilson's big-play capability to hang with Peyton Manning.
“David Wilson is a very talented young man that we need on our football team to be productive and we’ve been down this road before,” Coughlin said. “We think we can have an impact on him being a better ball carrier, a better secure ball carrier. We’ll get that done.”
Right after Wilson climbs out of the doghouse - again.