David Wilson, the New York Giants rookie running back who set team and NFL records last Sunday, will most likely get his first NFL start on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. Wilson had 327 all-purpose yards in New York’s blowout of the Saints last week and needed only 13 carries to reach 100 yards on the day.
Ahmad Bradshaw sprained his knee in that game and the injury will keep him out of the week 15 contest with Atlanta. Wilson, who fumbled in the first game of the year and was stuck in coach Tom Coughlin‘s doghouse for most of the year, proclaimed he would make the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in October. Since then I’ve been tracking his progress, and up until last week there wasn’t any reason to believe Wilson would reach his goal.
That week 14 performance was a thing of beauty though, and showed that Wilson has the athleticism and explosiveness to succeed. Now as he’s gearing up for his first career start, here’s to hoping he can keep doing it.