New York Giants running back David Wilson did not have the kind of NFL debut anyone dreams about, especially a first-round draft pick with eyes on stardom. Two carries, four yards, a fumble, a much-discussed benching.
"That'll be something I hope to be able to look back at and laugh," Wilson said Wednesday. [Full transcript]
There is, of course, only one way that happens. That being not fumbling again for a long while.
Wilson said he knew he was in an unfamiliar place after the fumble -- the doghouse of his head coach, Tom Coughlin.
"I was just on the sideline, watching everybody else play, and hoping for the best. It was kind of like a hopeless feeling, because there wasn't much I could do about it," Wilson said.
Coughlin said Wednesday that Wilson is "anxious to do right" and that he is "a little out of the doghouse."
Translation: He will get another opportunity, but the least will be short.
[Related: All of Wednesday's interviews on the 'Transcripts' page]
Wilson said Wednesday he has heard "high and tight," the way Giants coaches teach ball carriers to hold the ball "16, 17" times since Wednesday's fumble.
The Giants need Wilson's breakaway ability. Starter Ahmad Bradshaw, who has been injury-prone throughout his career, played 95 percent of the team's offensive snaps on Wednesday. There is no way he can sustain that.
Coughlin said that Wilson will "certainly" get an opportunity Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Giants need for him to take advantage of it.