Wilson is a bust. Wilson sucks. Wilson needs to be cut. Wilson has terrible vision. Jerry Reese is a fool.
These are claims whispered by Giants fan across the NY metro area and on social media. Are these claims valid? Do we even know for sure?
Wilson was drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL Entry draft in hopes of being our feature back. The start to his career has been humbling to say the least. We know the story, first game of his career is fumbles in a big spot and arrives in TC's doghouse. While not getting many carries, he was dynamic in the kick return game. He provided the Giants a KR weapon they hadn't had in well over a decade.
In terms of being a ball carrier, I argue Wilson hasn't been given enough of an opportunity to prove his worth. It took until the end of the 2012 before TC started trusting him and giving him an opportunity.
Wilson has played in 21 games in his career. Through 21 games, he has been given 115 carries, which translates to a hair under 5.5 attempts/game. Wilson has reached double digit rushing attempts ONLY 5 times in his career; averaging 7.7, 4.6, 5.0, 3.5, and 4.2 yards per carry in those games, respectively. His career high in rushing attempts was 15 attempts vs the Eagles in Week 17 of last year. The volume of carries he has received thus far is LOW. Behind a struggling o-line, he still has been able to average a respectable 4.4 yard a carry.
Wilson has dynamic speed and agility. Wilson needs more carries before we can give him the bust label and outright cut him. He has the potential (yes the dreaded word) to be a good back. As of right now, the only thing we can label him is someone who hasn't earned the trust via his fumblitis and supposed poor blocking.
Lets give him some carries and see what he does.