As Coughlin supports Wilson, Giants to work out Jacobs

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- As frustrating as it might have been be for the New York Giants to have witnessed running back David Wilson's ball security issues in their 36-31 season-opening loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the good news is the Giants have been down this road before and have survived.

Perhaps the two most recent and well known adventures with running backs and ball security were Tiki Barber and Ahmad Bradshaw, both of whom, like Wilson, struggled with ball security issues early in their careers only to virtually eliminate that flaw form their respective games and go on to have outstanding careers as Giants.

That's why head coach Tom Coughlin is optimistic that Wilson, who was benched in the season opener after allowing the Cowboys to twice strip the ball away from him, will be fine moving forward.

"As I said (Sunday) night, David Wilson is a very talented young man that we need on our football team to be productive," said Coughlin. "We've been down this road before. We think we can have an impact on him being a better ball carrier, a more secure ballcarrier. We'll get that done."

"That process has already begun for Wilson, who met with the coach on Monday to clear the air and to make sure that last year's first round draft pick has his mind in the right place.

"He's anxious to improve," Coughlin said, adding that there were no qualms on the coaching staff's part about giving Wilson that opportunity to improve.

Coughlin was asked if he thought Wilson's issues in the season opener were mental or technique based. He pointed to Wilson's rookie season success as a kickoff returner and how he was able to secure the ball well in those circumstances, but then added, "I think we did preach so much about (Dallas) being ball-strippers that somehow, some way, that didn't sink in."

Moving forward the Giants will put Wilson on an accelerated pace to fix any technique issues he has that might be resulting in his exposing the ball.

"He'll learn from it," Coughlin said. "He has great pride and we'll try to get this under control."

However, the head coach stopped short of endorsing Wilson as his starter for this weekend's game against the Broncos.

"I'm not going to get into that yet. We'll see what happens as we get started during the week."

The Giants will be working out running backs on Tuesday, and among them will be Brandon Jacobs, who was with the team 2005 to 2011.

Jacobs, who confirmed the news of his workout via Twitter, wrote, "I would like to take this time to thank all the fans who have been behind me all this time. I'll go out tomorrow and give it all I got. I wanna be back with big blue. I can't let the opportunity pass me by."

Also reportedly coming in as part of that workout are former Jets running back Joe McKnight and Willis McGahee, who was with Denver 2011 to 2012.

Coughlin wouldn't commit to whether the team was intent on adding another running back from the group, only saying, "We'll see what (Tuesday) brings."

--DE Adewale Ojomo, who was added to the 53-man roster last week from the Giants' practice squad, was waived, presumably to make room for a new running back.

--OL Selvish Capers, who had been on the injured reserve list, was waived with an injury settlement.

--CB Prince Amukamara (concussion) is feeling better, according to head coach Tom Coughlin who said that the cornerback still needs to pass the concussion protocol tests.

--C David Baas (knee) remains week to week. His status for Week 2 is currently uncertain.

--LB Dan Connor (burner) suffered his second burner in as many games. His status will be updated later in the week.

--OL David Diehl (thumb) will remain sidelined through the rest of the month.

--FB Henry Hynoski (knee) only played in 13 of the offense's 60 snaps in his first extensive game action since undergoing knee surgery in late May.

--LB Spencer Paysinger (cramps) had to have an IV during the game due to dehydration. Paysinger is expected to be fine moving forward.

--DE Jason Pierre-Paul (back) played in 50 of the Giants' 77 defensive snaps and seemed to come through his first extensive game action following back surgery without any issues.
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