David Wilson 's NFL debut was pretty bad. His 2013 debut was even worse. Wilson gained just 19 yards on seven carries and lost two fumbles Sunday night against the Cowboys. The Giants benched him after that second fumble and ran with Da'Rel Scott for most of the third quarter and all of the fourth. After the game, head coach Tom Coughlin said the team needs Wilson to play but wouldn't say if he would start the next game.
"Give us a little time to work on this thing," Coughlin said. "[Wilson is] still very much in our thoughts. He's got to play. He's a very talented young man. But you just can't do that. Every time they touch you, you're going to turn the ball over?"
The Giants play the Broncos next.
Scott got five carries and five receptions, gaining 74 total yards. However, he also let a pass deflect right off his hands to Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr for a game-deciding pick-six. The Giants turned the ball over six times in one of the worst games this Giants fan has ever seen.
Wilson is a huge fantasy goat today, but perhaps the silver lining here is that Wilson is just getting his fumbles for the year out of the way early, just like in 2012. After he fumbled and was benched in Week 1 last year, Wilson didn't lose the ball again. Plus, Scott didn't look all that great, so there's no question that Wilson remains the team's best running back. But that Andre Brown injury is looking really big right now.
The Giants are working out a bunch of running backs and will likely sign one soon. I don't know if that person will be more of a threat to Wilson's fantasy value than Wilson himself. Right now, he is just a low-end RB2 heading into Week 2, but this situation should be clarified in the coming days.