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New York Giants’ David Wilson Named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week

December 12th, 2012 at 1:25 PM
By Dan Benton

In Sunday's 52-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints, New York Giants rookie running back David Wilson had a game for the ages. He set a franchise record with 327 all-purpose yards, and became the first NFL player in history to rush for over 100 yards while also compiling over 200 kick return yards. On top of all of that, he added three touchdowns. And now, he's being rewarded for his efforts.

The league announced on Wednesday that Wilson has been named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for week 15. He is the first Giants kick returner to win the award since David Meggett did it in week one of the 1994 season when he returned three kickoffs for 52 yards and two punts for 68 yards and a touchdown.

Wilson becomes the second Giant to win the award this year, joining kicker Lawrence Tynes, who won it in week three after connecting on all five of his field goal attempts and all three of his extra point attempts for a total of 18 points.

Despite 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Wilson was not nominated for NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

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22 Responses to “New York Giants’ David Wilson Named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week”

  1.  Krow says:

    As expected …

  2.  JimStoll says:

    that was a once in a career-type performance
    they should just name him Special Team’s Player of the year for that one outing

    • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

      I agree. I said to Jen the other day that you could play 20 years in the NFL and never again have a game close to that.

      •  JimStoll says:

        that being said, you know what the greedy kid inside me wants on sunday!!!

        do you think he’ll return kicks sunday if he’s the lead RB?

        • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

          Tough to say. I am 50/50 on it, leaning toward Hixon getting the duties.

          •  fanfor55years says:

            On kickoffs? I think that is pretty risky too. Having Hixon as the #3 receiver could really be critical as we move down the road. Eli knows he’ll run the correct routes and make most of the catches.

            I’d go with Jernigan and, if we need it in the 4th quarter, Wilson.

            • Dan BentonDan Benton says:

              No Jernigan. He had that one solid return last week, but he has fumblitis.

              •  fanfor55years says:

                I thought that was over, no? He had trouble fielding punts for awhile but I figured that was an old issue.

                I really hate the idea of intensive use of Wilson OR Hixon back there because each is critical going forward. Who else is a candidate?

                And do you assume that Torain or Lumpkin is going to be carrying a significant part of the load on Sunday? I would think it’s the former, who definitely has talent. I don’t know enough about Lumpkin to really know which of them is preferable.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Absolutely. A unique game.

      But there will, hopefully, be one holdover effect: the guys on the return team may start to recognize that if they can hold their blocks a second longer they give the returner (whether Wilson or Jernigan) a chance to break one. Some of them had been less-than-diligent about that this season. But you could see them doing it after the opening kickoff return on Sunday. That return (not the TD, the one that showed what was possible on special teams) could turn out to be the equivalent in 2012 of the Cruz slide between the Jets’ corner and safety that only ended 91 yards downfield in 2011: the single play that led to BELIEF for this team. And I suspect that belief was cemented by the more spectacular second return after that horrific throw by Eli.

      You can pooh-pooh what I just wrote, but when talent and determination are joined by belief any group of people can get themselves an awful lot of momentum toward a goal. It took that Eli-to-Cruz pass and run last season when it looked as if the hated Jets might put us in the toilet early in that game. Perhaps this season it will turn out to have taken those two returns to shake this group up and get that momentum going that is very difficult to stop unless injuries decimate this very talented roster.

      I fully expect a VERY good outing in Atlanta this Sunday. I think the Giants are rolling now, and I think David Wilson was the instigator.

  3.  demo3356 says:

    NO WAY Wilson is the kick returner if Bradshaw is out for extended period and Wilson is the feature back. Hixon, Jernigen, Hosley or Randle wlil take his place IF he takes over role as feature back

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Agreed, unless…… if we’re down in the 4th quarter of one of the next few games there’s no question in my mind that they have to roll the dice to try and get good field position. These are must-win games and if Eli has to go shoulder-first to get a critical first-down, so be it. Same goes for Wilson. If you need him to return a kick in a critical spot you cannot worry about protecting him. It’s football. Players get hurt. But each season is its own chapter in the book that will be written of The Eli Manning Era and this one is at the crucial moments when you have to stop worrying about injuries and just go play the game. You cannot waste any season when you have a franchise quarterback and a good shot at getting to the playoffs.

      I just hope we aren’t behind in the 4th quarter of any games going forward. I’m not convinced we cannot dominate the three teams ahead of us on the schedule.

  4.  Eric S says:

    Repost

    Levito says:
    December 12, 2012 at 1:01 PM
    Rodgers is 2nd on the depth chart. He’s been getting more and more carries every week. Sproles missed a few games and still is right behind Thomas in terms of touches:

    Michael Turner – 201 touches
    Jacquizz Rodgers – 115 touches

    Darren Sproles – 86 touches
    Pierre Thomas – 123 touches

    Again, not saying it’ll happen, just that it’s not unprecedented. The Giants need all the field position they can get. And even if Wilson doesn’t return a single kick, asking him to “pound the rock al game” isn’t going to work for his size. If Bradshaw doesn’t play Lumpkin/Torrain will have to get more carries. Wilson probably shouldn’t get more than 15.

    Rodgers has not been getting more and more carries each week. His carries the last 3 weeks looks like this 10, 8, and 4. They’ve actually gone down. The 10 carries matched a season high which he had back in september. Sure, he’s their #2 back and primary kick returner but then that’s not what we’re talking about here. If Wilson is the #1 feature back against ATL it’s unlikely he’ll return kicks unless we need a spark in the 4th quarter.

    As for Sproles, he’s 4th on his team in rushing attempts and rushing yards behind Thomas, Ingram and Ivory. His value is as a receiver out of the backfield and on special teams. Interestingly he’s second on the team in kickoff return attempts to some dude named Cadet (23 to 14).

    About Wilsons size, he’s listed at 5’9″ and 205 lbs. Other notable backs Jamaal Charles (5’11″ 199 lbs), Chris Johnson (5’11″ 191 lbs), Ray Rice (5’8″ 212 lbs), Lesean McCoy (5’11″ 208 lbs), MJD (5’7″ 210 lbs), Tiki Barber (5’10″ 200 lbs), Barry Sanders (5’8″ 203 lbs), Emmitt Smith (5’9″ 210 lbs), dipping into Giants history again how about Joe Morris (5’7″ 195 lbs). Pretty sure the size of these guys didn’t stop them from being feature backs.

  5.  Eric S says:

    Repost

    Levito says:
    December 12, 2012 at 1:01 PM
    Rodgers is 2nd on the depth chart. He’s been getting more and more carries every week. Sproles missed a few games and still is right behind Thomas in terms of touches:

    Michael Turner – 201 touches
    Jacquizz Rodgers – 115 touches

    Darren Sproles – 86 touches
    Pierre Thomas – 123 touches

    Again, not saying it’ll happen, just that it’s not unprecedented. The Giants need all the field position they can get. And even if Wilson doesn’t return a single kick, asking him to “pound the rock al game” isn’t going to work for his size. If Bradshaw doesn’t play Lumpkin/Torrain will have to get more carries. Wilson probably shouldn’t get more than 15.

    •  Eric S says:

      Rodgers has not been getting more and more carries each week. His carries the last 3 weeks looks like this 10, 8, and 4. They’ve actually gone down. The 10 carries matched a season high which he had back in september. Sure, he’s their #2 back and primary kick returner but then that’s not what we’re talking about here. If Wilson is the #1 feature back against ATL it’s unlikely he’ll return kicks unless we need a spark in the 4th quarter.

      As for Sproles, he’s 4th on his team in rushing attempts and rushing yards behind Thomas, Ingram and Ivory. His value is as a receiver out of the backfield and on special teams. Interestingly he’s second on the team in kickoff return attempts to some dude named Cadet (23 to 14).

      About Wilsons size, he’s listed at 5’9? and 205 lbs. Other notable backs Jamaal Charles (5’11? 199 lbs), Chris Johnson (5’11? 191 lbs), Ray Rice (5’8? 212 lbs), Lesean McCoy (5’11? 208 lbs), MJD (5’7? 210 lbs), Tiki Barber (5’10? 200 lbs), Barry Sanders (5’8? 203 lbs), Emmitt Smith (5’9? 210 lbs), dipping into Giants history again how about Joe Morris (5’7? 195 lbs). Pretty sure the size of these guys didn’t stop them from being feature backs.

  6.  giantsfan says:

    Eagles placed DT Mike Patterson (pneumonia) on the reserve/non-football illness list, ending his season.

    The “non-football injury” designation allows the Eagles to dock Patterson’s pay, which they will apparently do. According to Profootballtalk, the move is “expected to cause hard feelings” since Patterson quite possibly got sick practicing or playing in inclement weather

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    What a DB organization

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