The reports from training camp were good. Giants brass told the fans that the speedy rookie could make an impact, and the fans got a brief, yet exciting glimpse of David Wilson during the pre-season.
Then just like that, with 6:43 remaining in the 1st quarter of the season opener, with the Giants driving inside Cowboys territory, Eli called on #22 and the ball was on the turf. This seemed to happened all too often at Virginia Tech, as Wilson fumbled the ball into the hands of the opposing team.
Visibly upset on the sidelines, with tears in his eyes, David Wilson would not have his number called for the rest of the game. Journeyman, Andre Brown quickly stepped up to become the second back in the system. Fans still wanted to David Wilson, yet 12 weeks into the season he was considered just…”potential”.
He showed small flashes of greatness on a handful of kickoff returns, but rarely in the backfield. Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, David Wilson had his “coming out party”. With Brown out with a broken leg, and Ahmad Bradshaw hobbling, No. 22 took advantage of his opportunity when he took the opening kick off 58 yards.
After two failed offensive series that resulted in an Eli Manning “pick 6”, Wilson returned to the big stage, returning the kickoff 97 yards for a touch down to tie the game. Wilson added a 6 yard rushing touchdown in the 3rd quarter, yet saved the best for last. In the 4th quarter he rushed for 87 yards and ripped off a 52 yard touchdown were he blew past a handful of Saints defenders.
And “Turbo” was born.
What America saw was the blazing speed and agility that made Wilson a world-class triple-jumper and sprinter at Virginia Tech. Wilson finished 6th in the nation in the triple jump in 2011, and was touted as being faster than track opponent Robert Griffin – a renown hurdler.
According to Victor Cruz, Wilson is the fastest player on the team. Watching him last Sunday, most people will agree and pass crown for “best touchdown celebration” with his 3 perfect flips! Sorry Victor.
Wilson became the 1st NFL player EVER to rush for 100 yards, and accumulate over 200 return yards, and throw in three touchdowns for good measure. The NFL is very aware that Eli and his receiving crew are among the best in the league; however, there is world-class running back waiting to get the rock!
Best of all, the Giants offense regained balance on Sunday. When they play balanced offensively like they did against the Saints, Packers and Niners, there is nobody in the NFL that can beat them.
Andy Pritikin, Giants Rush Featured Columnist
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