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  • 2nd Year RBs: David Wilson

    http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nf...s-david-wilson


    Excerpt: "Leading up to 2013 training camp, I'm using NFL Game Rewind to take an extended look at each of the following second-year running backs: Lamar Miller, David Wilson,Vick Ballard, Bryce Brown, Bernard Pierce, Ronnie Hillman, Daryl Richardson, Robert Turbin, Isaiah Pead, and LaMichael James.

    My Miller writeup can be found at this link. This is Part 2 in a 10-Part Series.

    David Wilson

    I couldn't get enough of David Wilson coming out of Virginia Tech. He was really fun to watch. When Wilson averaged 4.68 yards per carry and caught five passes for 61 yards in the 2012 preseason, his fantasy Average Draft Position soared out of control (early seventh round) for a raw backup. On the Giants' second offensive possession of the season, Wilson lost a fumble at Dallas' 29-yard line and earned a place deep in no-nonsense coach Tom Coughlin's doghouse. Wilson was used sparingly on offense until the final month, although he put his game-breaking talent to use on special teams, leading the NFL in kickoff return yards and 20-plus-yard returns.

    Wilson wound up touching the football 75 times on offense as a rookie. I re-watched all of them over the weekend to strengthen my opinion on Wilson's 2013 outlook. Gone is 2012 feature back Ahmad Bradshaw, leaving Wilson to compete with more sluggish-moving Andre Brown for the Giants' starting job. These were my takeaways after charting Wilson's first-year touches:

    I first reexamined the fumble that essentially got Wilson benched. It occurred at the 6:43 mark in the first quarter of the NFL opener. Cowboys ILB Sean Lee -- an All-Pro caliber defender -- took a sensational angle to launch himself into Wilson on a toss sweep off left tackle, popping the ball loose. Wilson even had the football in the correct hand, away from the oncoming defender. Put simply, I thought it was a great play by Lee. And Wilson never fumbled again during the season.

    Of course, Wilson exacerbated his problems by dropping a pass on his very next opportunity for an offensive touch. Lined up at Z receiver, Wilson ran a short drag route over the middle in Week 2 against Tampa Bay. Eli Manning's perfectly-placed pass rifled through Wilson's hands. Targeted only nine times all year, Wilson had another drop in Week 4 on a shovel pass against the Eagles.

    Fumbling is fixable -- and Wilson did so after Week 1 -- but another concern I had with his rookie-year tape was a raw, almost wild playing style with a lot of improvisation that made Wilson a boom-or-bust back. I charted all of 75 of Wilson's touches, and 32 of them gained two yards or worse (42.7 percent). He was prone to negative runs. Wilson totaled 392 yards from scrimmage in his first NFL season. 188 of them (48.0 percent) came on seven plays. Wilson showed a frequent tendency to attempt to make plays outside of the design of the offense, which I can't imagine helped him gain any more of conservative Coughlin's already fleeting trust.

    Wilson ran poor pass routes. He tried to make cuts in the backfield that resulted in lost yards. Decision making is a term more often associated with quarterbacks, but it's also applicable to running back performance. And Wilson was a highly questionable decision maker as a rookie. He was an unpredictable play-to-play back.

    As a receiver, Wilson is a drop-prone body catcher and lacks natural hands. The Giants obviously had little or no faith in him as a pass protector. Wilson touched the football on just five third-down plays all year.

    It may seem like I'm piling on, but that's not the intent here. Wilson's rookie season deserves criticism. There were reasons he didn't earn a significant role until late in the year, and it wasn't just because of the Week 1 fumble. For the rest of this column, we'll focus on Wilson's positives.

    And this is critical, because it was evident the more I watched: Wilson got better and better as his rookie year progressed. His confidence seemed to improve and he found a late-season rhythm as Coughlin entrusted him with heavier workloads. A maddeningly impatient runner early in the year -- he would regularly slam into the line without restraint -- Wilson became noticeably more composed down the stretch. There were still boom-or-bust elements to his game, but less and less. Wilson received at least 13 touches in three of the Giants' final four games. He averaged 6.07 yards per touch and 5.74 yards per carry over the final month with four touchdowns, not including a 97-yard kickoff return score in Week 14 against the Saints." Read more...
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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    Really exctied to see Wilson make his next move with us this year.

    I think the narrative about Coughlin benching Wilson after the fumble is off the mark. Most in the media try to report in bullet points to appeal to the masses when really it is more complicated than that.

    For starters, of course someone with a fumbling problem isn't going to play much for any coach in the NFL whether it is their first year or 7th year.
    However, Wilson didn't fumble much and if he really got banished for fumbling as some in the media have suggested, then why was he back there returning kickoffs for us?

    I think Coughin's decision limit Wilson's playing time had more to do simply with David not being ready to do all that the position requires in the NFL. Returning kickoffs is MUCH less complex, so he played there. At RB you've got blocking assignments, pass route assignments etc. I am sure that the coaching staff simply felt that he wasn't ready for a big roll there early in the season. The fumble I am sure had some minor impact but I don't believe it was central to the decision.

    Go David!
    Go Giants!!
    No one remembers who came in second.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jomo View Post
      Really exctied to see Wilson make his next move with us this year.

      I think the narrative about Coughlin benching Wilson after the fumble is off the mark. Most in the media try to report in bullet points to appeal to the masses when really it is more complicated than that.

      For starters, of course someone with a fumbling problem isn't going to play much for any coach in the NFL whether it is their first year or 7th year.
      However, Wilson didn't fumble much and if he really got banished for fumbling as some in the media have suggested, then why was he back there returning kickoffs for us?

      I think Coughin's decision limit Wilson's playing time had more to do simply with David not being ready to do all that the position requires in the NFL. Returning kickoffs is MUCH less complex, so he played there. At RB you've got blocking assignments, pass route assignments etc. I am sure that the coaching staff simply felt that he wasn't ready for a big roll there early in the season. The fumble I am sure had some minor impact but I don't believe it was central to the decision.

      Go David!
      Go Giants!!
      I don't understand how they can say "benched", which was not the case. He set a record fielding and returning kicks. If there was a place on the field you would want to not have a "fumbler", it would be in the other guy's end zone.

      I'm anxious to see how much he's improved.
      “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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      • #4
        Big believer in Wilson.. kid has all the talent you neeed to be a better than good running back in the NFL.. just has to work hard to learn the intricacies to be an successful back in the NFL. Kid has alot of pride and wants to be good, so it's just a matter of time in my opinion.
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        • #5
          Always seems to me that people choose to forget what was happening after the fumble. The kid was absolutely distraught on the sideline. No way can you put him back in the game like that. Coughlin gave him time to settle down as the season went on, and kept putting him back in situations that he was succeeding in, rather than loading him up with extra responsibilities.

          Its funny that as Wilson started saying how he wanted to do more and could do more that he started being given more oppurtunities to prove it. If this kid carries his late season swagger into the start of this coming season I'll be very happy.

          BTW if you want to get pumped for the season watch David Wilsons highlights, unreal how many of his 75 touches are worthy of a highlight reel.

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          • #6
            This could be one of the best offenses in the league this season

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RoanokeFan View Post
              I don't understand how they can say "benched", which was not the case. He set a record fielding and returning kicks. If there was a place on the field you would want to not have a "fumbler", it would be in the other guy's end zone.

              I'm anxious to see how much he's improved
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              I think it could be alot.
              No one remembers who came in second.

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              • #8
                Wilson was electric in the return game last season and corrected the fumbling problem pretty quickly. Honestly didn't remember he had none after Week 1, amazing.

                I think back to the first Philly game where he had over 200 kick off return yards and the San Fran game where had 2 for100 one of which after halftime that set us up big, this kid was a game changer. He will be Mr. Electric, Mr. Exciting for us this season. Brown/Wilson will be one helluva tandem.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by eLi MusT gO dEEp View Post
                  Wilson was electric in the return game last season and corrected the fumbling problem pretty quickly. Honestly didn't remember he had none after Week 1, amazing.

                  I think back to the first Philly game where he had over 200 kick off return yards and the San Fran game where had 2 for100 one of which after halftime that set us up big, this kid was a game changer. He will be Mr. Electric, Mr. Exciting for us this season. Brown/Wilson will be one helluva tandem.
                  Wilson had one fumble and two dropped passes. I don't think he was being punished for that but I do think, as the article suggests, he was still early in the learning curve and they found his niche for the season in kick returns and incorporated him in the offense as circumstances allowed.
                  “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RoanokeFan View Post
                    Wilson had one fumble and two dropped passes. I don't think he was being punished for that but I do think, as the article suggests, he was still early in the learning curve and they found his niche for the season in kick returns and incorporated him in the offense as circumstances allowed.
                    this^^^
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RoanokeFan View Post
                      Wilson had one fumble and two dropped passes. I don't think he was being punished for that but I do think, as the article suggests, he was still early in the learning curve and they found his niche for the season in kick returns and incorporated him in the offense as circumstances allowed.
                      Yeah, but he was brought out early in week one, which suggested he had the coach's trust. Post-fumble he appeared to be relegated to garbage time.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Flip Empty View Post
                        Yeah, but he was brought out early in week one, which suggested he had the coach's trust. Post-fumble he appeared to be relegated to garbage time.
                        ehhh.....57 returns for over 1500 yards....hardly garbage time.....
                        "Measure Twice......Cut Once"
                        You couldn't be more full of **** if you were break dancing in a Port-a-Potty.......Kruunch

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Flip Empty View Post
                          Yeah, but he was brought out early in week one, which suggested he had the coach's trust. Post-fumble he appeared to be relegated to garbage time.
                          That "garbage time" resulted in his setting a team record.
                          “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RoanokeFan View Post
                            That "garbage time" resulted in his setting a team record.
                            I'm talking about on offense.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Flip Empty View Post
                              I'm talking about on offense.
                              realize that but the trust for carrying the ball still existed if they had him on KOs....right?
                              His other RB assigment duties must ahve been lacking
                              "Measure Twice......Cut Once"
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