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RB David Wilson - Free Agent

5-10, 206Born: 6-15-1991College: Virginia TechDrafted: Round 1, pick 2012

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2013 Week 1 vs DAL (7 / 19 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

David Wilson had a nightmare of a football game on Sunday night and will not soon forget his performance. On the very first drive for the Giants, Wilsons fumbling problem returns once again as the ball was stripped away by a defender. Wilson got held up as he was tackled and had only one arm on the football as the defender used two hands to wrestle the ball away. Wilson showed decent explosion on an outside run left, taking advantage of a big running lane but this was his only minor highlight of the night. Wilson then failed to score on the 1 yard line after a Dallas interception, getting pushed back at the line of scrimmage. Wilson's strength is not as an inside runner on the goal line, a position usually held by teammate running back Andre Brown. Wilson then fumbled the ball again inside the Giants half, it got returned for a Dallas touchdown and that was the end of his night. Wilson did not protect the ball with two hands in key situations and it was ripped out by defenders far too easily. It's clearly become a giant weakness in his game and will prevent him becoming the feature back in New York.

2013 Week 2 vs DEN (7 / 17 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Fears of David Wilson seeing his workload reduced after week 1's fumbles proved well-founded, as Wilson was splitting carries by the very first series. Despite reports that the newly-signed Brandon Jacobs was not in game shape, Wilson ceded carries to him all game long. The good news for Wilson is that he clearly looked like the most talented and effective runner against a voracious Denver front seven. On one notable play, Wilson evaded three tackles in the backfield and raced to the corner just earn a 2-yard gain. The bad news for Wilson is that he has clearly lost goal-line duties to Jacobs.

2013 Week 3 vs CAR (11 / 39 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

David Wilson and the Giants offensive line struggled again to establish any kind of a running game against the Panthers front 7. Wilson was tackled early and often at the line of scrimmage and rarely had any reasonable room to work with on the ground. On several stretch plays to the outside, Wilson was hit either immediately or as he was scraping the line of scrimmage for any kind of seam to dash into. The Giants also gave Wilson several carries up the middle on short handoffs from shotgun but these suffered the same fate as most of his other carries. Wilson showed some small flashes of supreme talent against Carolina however, and was the only bright spot in this offense at all that posed a threat. Wilson scored a touchdown in the first half but that was negated by a poor holding call on left tackle Will Beatty. Wilson displayed great speed and quickness as he raced to the sideline before turning up the field untouched for the play. Though disappointing for fantasy owners that it did not count, it was clear that Wilson has incredible breakaway speed that is simply not being utilised correctly by the Giants. The Panthers defensive front had incredible penetration into the backfield all game long and Wilson had almost no chance to make a big play at any stage. Wilson did show determination and grit, running tough and strong late into the game up the middle despite the incredibly lopsided score. Wilson had some more bursts up the middle against a soft Carolina front that was playing with a lead. The offense was thrown into chaos early on however, and a legitimate passing threat was completely absent which put even more pressure and focus on Wilson.

2013 Week 4 vs KC (13 / 55 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)

David Wilson's fumbling issue seems to have resolved itself for now but his production continues to be underwhelming in this offense. The Giants could afford to run the ball for most of this game as the score was close but they could never fully establish a running game. The Chiefs were consistently in the backfield for New York and forced Wilson to reroute his carries at the line of scrimmage, rarely having positive results. Wilson did have some success up the middle of the defense, finding some creases and soft zones to exploit with his burst. These holes were infrequent and the exception to most of his carries however. Wilson ran hard and with a tough physicality that you might not expect from a smaller/shifty running back. When he was afforded some space, he ran downhill and pushed defenders back to get the maximum amount of yards possible. Strangely, Wilson has had more success running up the middle against defenses as opposed to tosses/sweeps to the outside. The Chiefs were able to stuff Wilson on 4th and 1 on a toss play outside, simply scraping along the sideline and piercing into the backfield at the right time. Wilson never got any opportunities for goal line carries and which further hurt his potential production as the Giants were rarely in Chief territory. Wilson is playing hard and is as talented as he'll ever be, but the team's poor passing game will keep defenders in his backfield until something changes.

2013 Week 5 vs PHI (6 / 16 / 1 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

David Wilson left the game early, which was a big blow to the Giants offense as the drop-off from #1 to #2 running back has grown significant. Wilson scored his touchdown on a well executed handoff in shotgun up the middle of the defense. Wilson ran over the goal line virtually untouched as the Giants blocked the play very well up front. Wilson struggled to find room to run with most of his other carries but his workload was cut short in the first half when he had to exit the game due to an injury.

2012 Week 1 vs DAL (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rookie David Wilson had two carries and then was immediately taken out of the game. Wilson fumbled the ball on a toss play, coughing it up very easily and Tom Coughlin immediately benched the first year player for the rest of the game. Bradshaw is clearly superior in almost every way at this moment in their careers; hopefully Wilson can get out of Coughlin's dog house with better ball protection in the future and start to make some plays behind Bradshaw as the #2 RB spot behind him is very much open for competition.

2012 Week 2 vs TB (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

David Wilson failed to impress again on Sunday as he was upstaged by RB Andre Brown. Wilson had some opportunities on the ground but failed to break into the secondary and use his first round talented quickness to get any big plays. Wilson was not a factor in the passing game either and Brown quick replaced him as the NYG #1 RB when Bradshaw left the game due to injury as Brown looked far more impressive and was more productive immediately.

2012 Week 3 vs CAR (1 / -2 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

David Wilson had a couple of touches in the game, but the Giants are not willing to trust him carrying the football several times in a game until he shows he will not fumble. Brown's emergence will put Wilson's role on the back burner for a while, so he holds little value in redraft leagues. Know, however, that Wilson is a talented football player and he could be a name to keep an eye on late in the season.

2012 Week 5 vs CLE (2 / 44 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

David Wilson only had two carries but was successful in leaving Coach Coughlin's dog house with his first NFL touchdown. Wilson got the benefit of superb blocking on an inside run up the middle of the defense, going untouched for 40 yards on the touchdown run. Wilson rarely played apart from this but it is a positive sign for the rookie who got some of the monkey off his back with the touchdown run.

2012 Week 6 vs SF (7 / 35 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Rookie David Wilson has found his way into more playing time due to the injury to RB Brown but still has a long way to come before eating into RB Bradshaw's touches. Wilson looked impressive late in the game as he gouged the 49er defense for big runs up the middle with speed and power but this was largely in garbage time long after the game had been decided. Wilson likely only received even this modest workload to spell Bradshaw once the game was no longer competitive and he is still far from a fantasy starter.

2012 Week 13 vs WAS (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)


Slowly working himself out of Tom Coughlin's dog house, Wilson carried the ball four times for nine yards. Washington met him in the backfield on two of those carries, which were inside handoffs. Wilson had better success on perimeter tosses that allowed him to feature his speed and get the ball in space, taking those laterals twice for five yards each. The Virginia Tech product is no doubt the speedster in the Giants backfield, but New York leaned on Ahmad Bradshaw and his durability to erode the Washington front seven on Monday night. Wilson's four rushing attempts were actually his third most of the season, which is an encouraging statistic, but he remains a distant second to Bradshaw in the Giants' backfield hierarchy. 


2012 Week 14 vs NO (13 / 100 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

David Wilson absolutely stole the show on Sunday against the Saints and ran all over them, even in special teams. Wilson turned simple toss plays into big sprints down the field and embarrassed many Saints defenders that took poor angles in an attempt to bring him down in the open field. What's even more important is that Wilson showed a level of strength and toughness we had not previously seen with him in New York. Wilson's first touchdown came on a simple run to the left that had good blocking up front but Wilson lowered his shoulder and barrelled over a saints LB to ensure the touchdown, which was impressive to see in his young career. Wilson ran with a new found toughness and power that will excite fantasy owners. Wilson is short but not small and showed enough power to push back defenders when met at the line of scrimmage. Wilson helped close the game out for NYG as he chewed much clock in the fourth quarter with first downs on the ground. Wilson completely sealed the game when he busted a 52 yard touchdown run however. Wilson got another toss left, set up his blocks perfectly and exploded down the field unchallenged for the score. Wilson had great success overall running outside the tackles but it was important to see he could also pound the rock inside and RB Bradshaw will be nervous after such success in the backfield from the talented rookie.

2012 Week 15 vs ATL (12 / 55 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

David Wilson would always find it hard to replicate his breakout performance from last week but did have some good moments in a blowout performance against the Giants. Wilson shared time in the backfield with teammate RB Lumpkin but got the majority of the workload. Wilson ran tough and was able to rip off some big gains. Wilson had good success running to the left side of his line early as he found some open space and blazed down the sideline for a decent chunk of yards. Wilson showed his natural explosion and burst when he gets to the open field and can have defenders pay when they take inappropriate tackling angles. The Giants and Wilson included failed multiple times on 4th down however, which is a bad sign for their goal line/4th and short offense. They tried outside runs with Wilson but the edge was never sealed in time. The Giants tried to stay with the running game despite the score but Wilson rarely got any touches in the Falcons half of the field and game was so lopsided in favour of Atlanta.

2012 Week 16 vs BAL (3 / 17 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

David Wilson was only given 3 carries by the Giants on Sunday but he made one of them count. Wilson scored the only rushing TD for NYG on an outside run to the right in the redzone. Wilson started right, got good run blocking up front and cut at the right moment as he sped down the field untouched for the impressive looking score. Wilson showed great vision and speed on this play but he simply got far too few touches in this game that got out of control very quickly. The Giants could ill afford to run the ball at times and Wilson was rarely on the field.

2012 Week 17 vs PHI (15 / 75 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 1 rec)

David Wilson got a similar workload to RB Bradshaw on Sunday and was also successful rushing the football. Wilson found success up the middle of the defense as he got chunks of yards against PHI. Wilson was given dives and delayed draws up the middle to punish a vulnerable PHI defense that couldn't stop the running game of NYG. Wilson enjoyed excellent blocking up front and could frequently get out of the backfield untouched. Wilson got into the endzone for a score on a simple fade pattern. Wilson easily beat his man deep and could turn around to haul in the well thrown pass from QB Manning. Wilson had many more explosive runs to the outside while owing his blockers a great deal as they set the edge well. Wilson's speed and quickness is an amazing asset when the defensive front is blocked for just long enough for him to pierce into the second level. Wilson has matured as a rookie in New York and his second season could be much more productive than his rookie season.