The Internet is not yet ready to let New York Giants running back David Wilson forget about his nightmare two-fumble outing against the Dallas Cowboys this past Sunday night. First came the predictable social media messages from upset Big Blue supporters and some fantasy football owners that led to one regrettable response from the New York player. Now, football fans can actually bet on whether or not they think Wilson will be able to hold onto the football this coming Sunday when the Giants take on the Denver Broncos.
Two days after Wilson gave the ball away twice against the Cowboys, the running back earned himself local and national attention because of his responding to critics via Twitter. “Ayy to fantasy participants and p----- Giants fans ur irrelevant to me!!! Nobody wants me to succeed more than ME!!! WATCH US WORK!,” he posted on his personal account. Wilson, after some time, added the following: “S/O to all our supporters and big blue nation lets go get these wins the fans deserve every win we get
#wegonegetit.” While that second Tweet does, in theory, walk back his response to “fantasy participants and p----- Giants fans,” both messages are still on his personal page for all the world to see as of the posting of this piece.
I agree with all who say that fans harassing professional athletes via websites such as Twitter and Facebook are classless individuals. Nevertheless, Wilson suggesting that any portion of the Giants fan base is “irrelevant” to him after his worst game as a member of the team is not the route I would have taken. All New York fans had every right to be mad or even “p-----” at Wilson after the Cowboys contest, and he had better expect even more hostile treatment at MetLife Stadium if he struggles with holding onto the football while on home turf.
Wilson and the Giants are about to get some help in a familiar face. Former New York RB Brandon Jacobs, who last played with the San Francisco 49ers, re-joined the Giants on September 10. It is believed that he will be ready to go for the Broncos game.
Giants fans who feel personally wronged by Wilson's poor play can now, if they fancy a wager, potentially profit from it. Paul Schwartz of the NY Post, among others, posted via Twitter on Thursday that the Bovada online sportsbook has prop bets on the chances of Wilson fumbling the ball at any point during this coming Sunday's game. As of Thursday afternoon, “Yes” Wilson will fumble was at 5/2. “No” was at 1/4.
Anybody seriously considering touching either line should remember that we don't yet know how much playing time Wilson will see against Denver. Da'Rel Scott, second on the New York depth chart at running back, injured his knee in practice on Wednesday. He was back working out with the team on Thursday. Jacobs, while healthy, will need some time to get into game shape. None of this, however, means that Wilson will be called upon 20+ times against the Broncos. Eli Manning threw for 450 yards against Dallas in Week 1, and his top three wide outs finished with over 100 receiving yards.