At this time last year, David Wilson was preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine and the ensuing draft. He would eventually be selected by the Giants with the final pick of the first round, and while there was a learning curve as a rookie, nothing really surprised Wilson. It was just a matter of piecing it together with Eli Manning at the helm.
As he sheds his “rookie” label entering his second season, Giants.com recently caught up with Wilson at the Timex Performance Center.
“In college, it’s a little bit more simple,” Wilson said. “The playbook is a lot more simple than the NFL playbook, and there are a lot more audibles, especially when you’ve got a quarterback who knows everything that’s going on. Eli, if he sees something wrong, he’s going to change it. So you’ve got to know what he’s talking about.”
Before Ahmad Bradshaw was released by the Giants, it was expected that Wilson would receive more touches in 2013. But now that Bradshaw has been released, Wilson is ready for however many carries are put on his plate.
“I can do one, I could do 30,” said Wilson, who was named second-team All-Pro as a kick returner. “Whatever my job is and whatever the team needs me to do, the whole objective is to get back to the Super Bowl.”
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Wilson garnered three votes of the national panel of 50 media members, while Baltimore’s Jacoby Jones earned first-team honors at the position with 37.5.
Wilson, who was the only Giant to pick up All-Pro accolades this season, finished with 1,533 return yards, including 227 against the New Orleans Saints in Week 14 when he also broke a 97-yard return touchdown. In that game, Wilson became the only player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in a single contest.
Two other Giants received All-Pro votes. Guard Chris Snee picked up two while safety Stevie Brown had six votes.
AP ALL-PRO FIRST TEAM
QB: Peyton Manning, Broncos.
RB: Adrian Peterson, Vikings; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks.
FB: Vonta Leach, Ravens.
TE: Tony Gonzalez, Falcons.
WR: Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears.
OT: Duane Brown, Texans; Ryan Clady, Broncos.
G: Jahri Evans, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers.
C: Max Unger, Seahawks.
DE: J.J. Watt, Texans; Cameron Wake, Dolphins.
DT: Geno Atkins, Bengals; Vince Wilfork, Patriots.
OLB: Von Miller, Broncos; Aldon Smith, 49ers.
ILB: Patrick Willis, 49ers; NaVorro Bowman, 49ers.
CB: Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Charles Tillman, Bears.
S: Earl Thomas, Seahawks; Dashon Goldson, 49ers.
P: Andy Lee, 49ers.
K: Blair Walsh, Vikings.
KR: Jacoby Jones, Ravens.
AP ALL-PRO SECOND TEAM
QB: Aaron Rodgers, Packers.
RB: Alfred Morris, Redskins; Jamaal Charles, Chiefs.
FB: Jerome Felton, Vikings.
TE: Jason Witten, Cowboys.
WR: A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans.
OT: Joe Thomas, Browns; Joe Staley, 49ers.
G: Marshal Yanda, Ravens; Logan Mankins, Patriots.
C: Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers.
DE: Justin Smith, 49ers; Julius Peppers, Bears.
DT: Justin Smith, 49ers; Ndamukong Suh, Lions; Haloti Ngata, Ravens.
OLB: Chad Greenway, Vikings; Ahmad Brooks, 49ers; Clay Matthews, Packers; DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys.
ILB: Daryl Washington, Cardinals; London Fletcher, Redskins.
CB: Champ Bailey, Broncos; Tim Jennings, Bears.
S: Eric Weddle, Chargers; Jairus Byrd, Bills.
P: Thomas Morstead, Saints.
K: Phil Dawson, Browns.
KR: David Wilson, Giants.
PUNT, PASS & KICK
Competing in the Punt, Pass & Kick National Finals in Atlanta this past weekend, Giants’ representatives Joshua O’Neill of Nutley, N.J., finished second (10-11 boys) and Rebecca Golderman of Albany, N.Y., took third (14-15 girls). For a list of the final results, CLICK HERE. Congratulations to Joshua and Rebecca.
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Here is a sampling of Giants records set and milestones reached in 2012:
» TOM COUGHLIN (83) surpassed BILL PARCELLS (77) for the second-most regular season wins in Giants history among head coaches, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE OWEN (153).
» QB ELI MANNING (211) became the Giants’ all-time leader in touchdown passes (PHIL SIMMS, 199). Manning threw 26 TD passes in 2012, his fourth season with at least 25. He is the only Giants QB to reach 25 touchdown passes in at least three seasons.
» WR VICTOR CRUZ collected 86 receptions for 1,092 yards with 10 touchdowns. Cruz is the first player in club annals to post at least 80 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and 10 TD catches in a season.
» Rookie RB-KR DAVID WILSON set a single-game franchise record with 327 all purpose yards in Week 14. Wilson became the first player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game.
» S STEVIE BROWN amassed an NFL-best 307 interception-return yards, a Giants franchise record. His eight interceptions tied for the second-most in the league.
» Cruz caught a game-winning 77-yard touchdown pass from Manning in Week 7, the longest game-winning touchdown in the final two minutes of a game in franchise history.
» Gained 604 yards of total offense in Week 2, the second-most in team history (609, 12/3/1950).
For records and milestones set around the NFL, CLICK HERE.
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The Giants and Baltimore Ravens meet for the fourth time in the regular season, with the Ravens leading the series, 2-1. In their only postseason meeting, the Ravens defeated the Giants, 34-7, in Super Bowl XXXV in Tampa, Florida. In their last meeting, the Giants defeated the Ravens in Giants Stadium, 30-10, in Week 11 of the 2008 regular season.
Kickoff: 4:25 PM ET
Location: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD.
Radio: WFAN 660AM/101.9FM
Weather: Clear with temperatures steady near 46F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
BAL Lineup Changes: 32 Ihedigbo for 31 Pollard
15:00 — Game Captains: WR Victor Cruz and S Antrel Rolle. Giants win the coin toss and elect to receive.
13:49 — Ahmad Bradshaw loses two yards on a direct snap and the Giants go three-and-out on their opening possession.
11:29 — Ray Rice touches the ball on each of Baltimore’s first four plays.
8:45 — The replay assistant reverses the Giants’ fumble recovery (Jacoby Jones).
7:42 — TOUCHDOWN RAVENS. Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith for six yards. XP is GOOD. BALTIMORE 7, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 14 plays, 73 yards in 5:25)
*The Ravens converted four third downs on the scoring drive.
6:02 — After forcing the Giants to punt, a 43-yard pass to Torrey Smith sets up the Ravens on the New York 1.
4:24 — TOUCHDOWN RAVENS. Flacco keeps it for a one-yard score. XP is GOOD. BALTIMORE 14, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 47 yards in 2:10)
4:19 — On the first play of the ensuing drive, Rueben Randle picks up the Giants’ first first-down and more with a 43-yard catch.
1:34 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. David Wilson scores his fourth rushing touchdown of the season on a 14-yard sprint. XP is GOOD. BALTIMORE 14, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 5 plays, 77 yards in 2:54)
0:00 — RAVENS 14, GIANTS 0
14:19 — Eli Manning is sacked for the first time of the day by Haloti Ngata for a 15-yard loss, setting up a second-and-25.
12:57 — The Giants are unable to convert on third down and punt back to the Ravens, who take over on their own 12.
7:36 — Jacoby Jones’ nine-yard touchdown is reversed and ruled incomplete.
6:09 — FIELD GOAL RAVENS. Justin Tucker makes a 23-yard attempt. BALTIMORE 17, NEW YORK 7 (Drive: 12 plays, 83 yards in 6:05)
4:14 — Domenik Hixon has a long gain negated by an offensive passing interference penalty called on himself.
1:10 — TOUCHDOWN RAVENS. Ray Rice takes a short pass 27 yards to the end zone. XP is GOOD. BALTIMORE 24, NEW YORK 7 (Drive: 7 plays, 76 yards in 2:11)
HALFTIME: RAVENS 24, NEW YORK 7
15:00 — The Giants kickoff to begin the second half.
14:23 — New York forces a quick three-and-out on the Ravens’ opening possession.
7:39 — Joe Flacco converts a third-and-19 with a 36-yard pass to Dennis Pitta. The Ravens are 8 of 11 on third-down conversions.
*Flacco has completed passes of 25 yards or more to four receivers.
5:18 — FIELD GOAL RAVENS. Tucker makes a 21-yard attempt. BALTIMORE 27, NEW YORK 7 (Drive: 16 plays, 82 yards in 7:57)
0:00 — RAVENS 24, GI
15:00 — Baltimore begins with the ball on the New York 31 to start the final quarter.
11:12 — FIELD GOAL RAVENS. Tucker makes a 30-yard attempt. BALTIMORE 30, NEW YORK 7 (Drive: 13 plays, 62 yards in 6:57)
9:34 — Bernard Pierce breaks free for a 78-yard run, the Ravens’ longest of the season.
7:30 — FIELD GOAL RAVENS. Tucker makes 29-yard attempt. BALTIMORE 33, NEW YORK 7 (Drive: 6 plays, 70 yards in 2:56)
3:24 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Eli Manning finds Domenik Hixon in the end one for a 13-yard score. XP is GOOD. BALTIMORE 33, NEW YORK 14 (Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards in 4:07)
3:18 — Ray Rice gains eight yards, becoming the second Ravens’ player to eclipse 100 yards on the ground in the game.
FINAL: RAVENS 33, GIANTS 14
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12:59 — Chase Blackburn breaks up a pass intended for TE Tony Gonzalez on third-and-4, forcing Atlanta to punt. The Giants take over on their own 20.
12:18 — Safety Thomas DeCoud intercepts Manning and the Falcons take over on the Giants’ 27.
10:22 — FIELD GOAL FALCONS. Matt Bryant makes a 38-yarder. ATLANTA 17, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 8 yards in 1:46)
10:17 — Newly signed running back Kregg Lumpkin takes his first handoff the year for nine yards. He follows up with another one for eight yards and a fresh set of downs before tearing off a 22-yarder.
6:08 — David Wilson is stopped for no gain on fourth-and-1. Falcons take over on downs.
5:28 — Chris Canty gets the first sack of the day for the Giants, a loss of five.
2:52 — Back-to-back completions to Hakeem Nicks and Domenik Hixon for 24 and 37 yards, respectively, bring the Giants inside the 20.
1:14 — The Giants go for it again on fourth down, but Manning throws an incomplete pass to Victor Cruz. Atlanta takes over on its 11.
HALFTIME: FALCONS 17, GIANTS 0
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The Giants and Atlanta Falcons meet for the 21st time in the regular season, with the series split, 10-10. In their last meeting, the Giants defeated the Falcons in their only postseason meeting, 24-2, in a 2011 NFC Wild card Game in MetLife Stadium. In their last regular season meeting, the Giants defeated the Falcons, 34-31 (OT), in Week 11 of the 2009 season.
20 CB Prince Amukamara
21 S Kenny Phillips
39 S Tyler Sash
44 RB Ahmad Bradshaw
71 DE Adewale Ojomo
81 TE Adrien Robinson
96 DT Marvin Austin
NYG Lineup Changes: 28 Jayron Hosley will start for 20 Prince Amukamara at RCB; 22 David Wilson will start for 44 Ahmad Bradshaw at RB
4 QB Dominique Davis
17 WR Tim Toone
25 S William Moore
68 G Phillipkeith Manley
69 G Harland Gunn
86 TE Chase Coffman
90 DE Lawrence Sidbury
ATL Lineup changes: 24 Hope will start for 25 Moore at S
15:00 — Game Day Captains: C David Baas and DE Osi Umenyiora along with season captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Zak DeOssie. Giants win the toss and elect to receive.
*Rueben Randle back with David Wilson on kick return.
14:56 — Making his first NFL start, Wilson takes a handoff on the first play of the game for three yards.
14:16 — Asante Samuel intercepts Manning’s first pass of the game. Atlanta takes over on the Giants’ 16.
12:12 — TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Atlanta capitalizes on the turnover and short field with a one-yard touchdown run by Michael Turner. XP is GOOD. ATLANTA 7, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 4 plays, 16 yards in 1:51)
10:59 — Wilson converts a third-and-2 with a 25-yard run.
7:29 — Lawrence Tynes misses a 30-yard field goal attempt. Wide left.
1:43 — TOUCHDOWN FALCONS. Tony Gonzalez 12-yard catch from Matt Ryan. XP is GOOD. ATLANTA 14, NEW YORK 0 (Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards in 5:42)
0:54 — Manning is sacked on third-and-7 and Giants are forced to punt. Atlanta takes over on its own 25 after a 58-yard punt from Steve Weatherford.
0:00 — FALCONS 14, GIANTS 0
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It’s not often a 60-yard kick return can be overshadowed. But that’s what happens when a teammate racks up 227 return yards, including a 97-yard touchdown.
Welcome to Jerrel Jernigan’s world.
After David Wilson already tore off three returns of 50-plus yards, Jernigan ripped off his own chunk late in third quarter that set up Eli Manning and the offense with the ball at New Orleans’ 25. The long return came at a time when the Saints had clawed back to make it a one-possession game. Victor Cruz later scored on the ensuing possession to swing the momentum back.
“We kind of knew, the coach kind of knew, that they were going to kick it short because they didn’t want to kick it to David anymore,” Jernigan said. “So coach had already told me that they were going to kick it short and to scoot up. So I was expecting it anyway, and when it came, my kickoff return team did a good job of blocking and they got on their man early because it was a short kick. I had pretty much nothing to do but hit the hole. It was a big hole right there. Just hit it and run. But the bad part on me is I let the kicker catch me.”
Jernigan was part of a tweak in the return game last week against New Orleans that placed him as the off-returner to Wilson. The Giants have used multiple combinations and formations back there, but always with Wilson as the primary returner.
“It was a good switch-up because [Thomas Morstead] was so used to kicking indoors,” Jernigan said of the Saints’ kickoff man. “Coach didn’t want to have any mishit or him try to kick the ball away from David. So he wanted me back there just in case. I’m just doing the best I can do back there with getting those off-balls and blocking for David back there.”
Jernigan could now see more time back there with Wilson’s growing and needed role on offense. But all parties were coy on what to expect Sunday. All special teams coordinator Tom Quinn would say was that the team always has “two or three guys ready” and that Wilson is always part of the plan.
Quinn was also asked if it becomes a game of cat-and-mouse with teams trying to avoid the explosive returner.
“We’ve talked about that and we have adjustments ready,” Quinn said. “But I think teams are paid to do their job in this league and they’re going to do it to the best of their ability. They’re going to kick it deep and we have to block because Atlanta’s really good on kickoff coverage. That could happen, we have to have some adjustments ready, but I think they’ll kick and cover it.”
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Will 327 all-purpose yards and three total touchdowns be enough to name David Wilson the Pepsi Rookie of the Week? You can help decide by voting for the Giants’ first-round draft pick at NFL.com/rookies beginning Tuesday at 9 A.M. ET and ending on Friday at 3 P.M. ET.
» Cleveland Browns WR Travis Benjamin scored on a 93-yard punt return in the second quarter as the Browns beat the Kansas Chiefs 30-7.
» Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles completed 32 of 51 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 23-21 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
» Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris rushed for 122 yards on 23 carries and scored one touchdown in the Redskins’ 31-28 overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens.
» Minnesota Vikings S Harrison Smith recorded six total tackles and one interception which he returned 56 yards for a touchdown in the Vikings’ 21-14 win over the Chicago Bears.
» New York Giants RB David Wilson gained 100 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns on the ground. He also accounted for 227 kick-return yards, including a 97-yard touchdown return as the Giants beat the New Orleans Saints 52-27.
After the regular season, five players will be nominated for Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year honors. Fans can vote for the winner on NFL.com/rookies throughout the month of January. The Pepsi MAX NFL Rookie of the Year will be announced at the second annual “NFL Honors” awards show in New Orleans on Saturday, February 2, the night before Super Bowl XLVII.
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Spearheaded by former Giants linebacker — and current radio and TV analyst — Carl Banks, a debate began to brew last night following David Wilson’s breakout performance in the 52-27 victory over the Saints.
After the rookie became the first player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game, the question quickly turned to “What should Wilson’s nickname be?”
The frontrunners appear to be “Flip” or “Turbo,” which got us at Giants.com wanting to hear your thoughts on the issue. Vote below and let us know!
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