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Titans’ 2020 draft bust Isaiah Wilson works out for Giants

Wilson says he “lost myself,” and is seeking second chance in NFL

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Desperately seeking offensive line help, the New York Giants reportedly worked out 2020 NFL Draft bust Isaiah Wilson on Tuesday.

Wilson was selected in Round 1, 29th overall, by the Tennessee Titans last year. Wilson played in one game.

The Tennessean describes Wilson’s NFL career to date:

Wilson missed much of training camp in 2020 on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, was arrested for DUI in September 2020, went back on the Reserve/COVID-19 list until October 10, 2020, was suspended for a game for violation of team rules in December and was shortly thereafter put on the Reserve/NFI list for the rest of the season. In all, after a few plays in a November game against the Indianapolis Colts, Wilson played one game in two-tone blue.

Wilson was arrested on Jan. 7, 2021 after a high-speed chase in Georgia, and wrote on a since-deleted post on Twitter that he was done as a Tennessee Titan in February. The Titans obliged, sending Wilson and a seventh-round pick to Miami for a seventh-round pick in March, some 11 months after drafting him.

The Georgia alum would be released by the Dolphins on March 20 after missing workouts and being late for his physical. He has not been signed by a team since then.

In recent days, Wilson took to social media to ask for a second chance.

“Dear World, Some of you may know me as GG, some of you may know me as Panda, even some of you know me as the biggest bust in NFL history,” Wilson’s Instagram post began. ”Today I write to you as Isaiah Wilson. Before the fame and the glamour, I was just a kid trying to make history as the best player out of New York City. I was the hope for my hood. As time went on and success came my way I struggled deeply with trying to prove who I was to every one counting on my wins.”

“I lost myself. I lost my mental. I lost my ability to love. I lost it all. When I lost, seemingly everyone who once was in my corner, was gone. The ones that have remained, I love you. Today I write to you as Isaiah Wilson, not asking for forgiveness, but hoping for a second chance. With the time I’ve had away from the game I learned so much about who I am as a human.”

Read Wilson’s full post on Instagram.

Wilson, who is still only 22, reportedly also had a recent workout with the Indianapolis Colts.

In a pre-draft scouting report, The Draft Network said:

An all-everything recruit, Isaiah Wilson started for two seasons at Georgia before declaring for the NFL draft. An impressive blend of size, mobility and power, Wilson has some dominant reps on tape as both a run blocker and pass blocker where his traits simply allow him to take over. With that said, honing in on the technical side of the game to maximize his rare physical gifts is critical for him to reach his ceiling at the next level. There are notable concerns with his hands and feet that need to improve but nothing is unfixable and his foundation over unteachable traits are the appeal here. Wilson has an extremely high ceiling but development is needed. He’s a scheme-versatile blocker that projects best to the right side.

Right tackle is, of course, a trouble spot for the Giants. Matt Peart, a 2020 third-round pick expected to start at that position disappointed in training camp. He lost that job to veteran Nate Solder, a 33-year-old who is at best a stop gap at the position.

The Giants have also been best by injuries (NIck Gates, Shane Lemieux, Kyle Murphy) and retirements (Joe Looney, Zach Fulton) along the offensive line.

There was also a report Tuesday that starting guard Ben Bredeson could miss time with a hand injury.

The Giants have also reportedly cut wide receiver Matt Cole, defensive tackle Willie Henry and offensive tackle Foster Sarell from their practice squad.

Per Art Stapleton, here is the full list of tryout players:

OT Isaiah Wilson
LS Kameron Canaday
OL Tommy Champion
LB Omari Cobb
QB Anthony Gordon
iOL Sam Jones
OLB Isaiah Kaufusi
LS Kyle Nelson
WR Riley Ridley
LS Drew Scott
WR Isaiah Wright