With two costly fumbles in the New York Giants 36-31 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, David Wilson earned himself a spot in Tom Coughlin's dog house along with a spot on the bench, as he was taken out in the second half of the game for Da'Rel Scott.
With the horrible outing on Sunday night, Coughlin is having some skepticism on his second-year running back, as he told reporters on Monday that he wasn't ready to commit just yet to going with Wilson as the starter for Week 2 against the Denver Broncos.
"I’m not going to get into that yet," said Coughlin, who added that he liked what he saw from Wilson’s backup, Da’Rel Scott. "We’ll see what happens here as we get started in the week."
What likely will factor into Coughlin's decision as to who to use at running back will be the team bringing in several running backs on Tuesday for workouts, as former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, former Broncos and Baltimore Ravens running back Willis McGahee will be those in East Rutherford on Tuesday looking to get a deal signed and potentially be suiting up to start against Denver.
The need for a veteran running back became a drastic one in the final game of the preseason when Andre Brown went down for the first 10 weeks of the season with a leg injury to the same leg he broke against the Green Bay Packers last November. If Brown weren't on temporary injured reserve, then the Giants aren't looking to other options and Brown could carry the load for the team, which at times he did last season.
Despite Wilson's upside as a dynamic athlete with a ton of speed who can break a play for six on any given carry, the fact that he's now fumbled in two straight opening games for the Giants and more importantly, the two he lost on Sunday night in Dallas played into the Giants losing to Dallas. Plus, add in the fact that he missed making blocks in the back field to help protect Eli Manning, and you have the recipe for a running back disaster and meltdown, which is what the Giants had happen, and now the search for veteran help.
Coughlin may decide to go back to Wilson as the starter once the season really gets going, but for now, Wilson knows that he may need to sit in the doghouse for a little while longer.
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