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David Wilson moons New York traffic after neck surgery

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New York Giants running back David Wilson entered the 2013 season as one of the more promising players in the league, but he suffered a neck injury at the beginning of October and was unable to play for the remainder of the year. Wilson underwent successful neck surgery on Thursday and can now begin the road to recovery. He started off with a bang.

Or, more specifically, Wilson started off with a moon. The 22-year-old stood in front of his hospital window with a johnny on and mooned the traffic that was going by in New York.

“Hold up!!!!” Wilson wrote on Instagram. “Hold my phone (drake voice) while I moon NY traffic from the hospital room. Dr took pic.”

There’s something unsettling about an NFL player who just underwent neck surgery standing on a window sill, but I guess that’s Wilson’s business. We all heal in different ways.

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David Wilson, Rueben Randle hurl insults on Twitter — were they joking?

David Wilson GiantsRueben Randle and David Wilson have both had their ups and downs with the New York Giants since their NFL careers began a year ago. Wilson, a former Virginia Tech star, ended up in Tom Coughlin’s dog house after Week 1 this season when he lost two fumbles. Randle, who played college ball at LSU, has been a pleasant surprise on box scores, but he has forced Eli Manning into more than one interception by running the wrong route.

On Tuesday night, the two second-year players decided to go at it on Twitter. The exchange had the feel of two close friends ripping on each other in only a way that close friends could get away with. However, they said some stuff that makes you wonder if there was truth behind the heckling. You be the judge.

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David Wilson did a double backflip after scoring touchdown

New York Giants running back David Wilson got his Frank Ricard on after scoring on a 5-yard touchdown run on the Giants’ opening possession of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Wilson later left with a neck injury. No word if the neck injury was the result of whiplash from the backflips. But his departure led the Giants to put the game in Eli Manning’s turnover-prone hands, and Eli came through with interceptions on three straight possessions in the fourth quarter to give the game to the Eagles.

Wilson’s backflip celebration should not come as a shocker. You remember last April when he hit 13 backflips in a row? yeah, that’s almost as good as when Jason Pierre-Paul did it.

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David Wilson switching to Tiki Barber carrying method to stop fumbling

David Wilson GiantsNew York Giants running back David Wilson needs to work his way out of Tom Coughlin’s dog house. The only way he can do that is if he stops putting the ball on the ground. Wilson is hoping former Giants running back Tiki Barber can help solve the issue.

Once upon a time, Barber had a major fumbling problem. Considering Wilson has lost three fumbles in just 78 career rushing attempts, I guess you can say he has one too. On Thursday, Newsday’s Bob Glauber told Pro Football Talk Live that Wilson is planning to switch to Barber’s high-and-tight carrying method in an attempt to keep the football more secure.

“He gave me some advice I can really use,” Wilson told Glauber earlier this week. “It makes sense. It felt good in practice, so I plan on using it.”

After fumbling nine times in a single season, Barber changed his approach and fumbled only nine times combined through the final three seasons of his career. Barber said holding the ball near your chest can feel awkward at first, but it paid off with a great deal of repetition.

“I held it like that everywhere,” he explained. “I even do it now sometimes. I can’t help but put it there in front of me. It became second nature. I even have to tell my kids, ‘If you’re going to carry the ball, you have to carry it like this.’”

The good news for Wilson (and his fantasy owners) is that the Giants really don’t have another option at tailback. They brought back Brandon Jacobs earlier this week, but we all know he is incapable of shouldering a significant workload. If Coughlin stuck with Barber after nine fumbles in a season, there’s no reason to believe he won’t give Wilson several more opportunities this year.

David Wilson will be fantasy stud after strong preseason

David Wilson GiantsDavid Wilson will be a fantasy stud for the New York Giants this season.

Wilson was looking like the favorite to lead the Giants in carries after putting together an impressive preseason, and his role on the team increased after news of Andre Brown’s leg injury emerged. Brown fractured his leg during Thursday’s preseason finale against the New England Patriots. It’s the same leg he fractured last year. There is no word on how much time Brown will be out, but it’s safe to assume Wilson will be the team’s primary back.

Wilson was a first-round pick last year and carried the ball 71 times for 358 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also scored a receiving touchdown and return touchdown on a kickoff. He is the type of playmaker that is capable of taking one to the house at all times.

Wilson surprisingly saw playing time on Thursday and rushed for 37 yards on six carries. He also caught one pass for four yards. Wilson had a breakout game in Week 3 of the preseason when he rushed for 92 yards on five carries, including an 84-yard score. The Virginia Tech product finishes the preseason with 24 carries for 179 yards and one touchdown. He added seven catches for 31 yards.

If your fantasy league hasn’t drafted yet, make sure you bump Wilson up your chart.

Giants RB David Wilson: I’ll be in the Hall of Fame one day, I’m like birth control

It has been said that Giants rookie running back David Wilson has a ton of potential, he just needs an opportunity to prove it. His costly fumble in the first game of the season — the one where he was spotted crying after the play — landed him in Tom Coughlin’s dog house and has limited his reps. To say that the early struggles have done nothing to hurt Wilson’s confidence would be an epic understatement.

“I think at the end of my career, I’ll be in the Hall of Fame,” the rookie told Newsday’s Bob Glauber. “I know myself, and I know (when) I have guys around me that feel the same way, which I feel I do. When I get my opportunity, the sky is not the limit. I think it’s past it. You have to believe in yourself to do good things. This is how I feel.

“I’m like birth control. You have to believe in me. Like birth control, 99.9 percent of the time I’m going to come through for you.”

Wow. Where to begin? For starters, there’s nothing wrong with being confident in your abilities. However, even mentioning the Hall of Fame when you have 15 career rushing attempts for 87 yards is pretty absurd. He needs a few more carries before he becomes a Hall of Fame candidate — I mean at least two or three, right?

As for the birth control comment…is there really anything we can add?

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David Wilson cries after losing fumble in first career game (Picture)

Giants rookie David Wilson lost a fumble on his second career carry, and he was feeling so badly about it he began crying on the sidelines. If you look carefully at the image above (or click twice to enlarge), you can see a tear streaming from the corner of Wilson’s left eye. The first-round pick fumbled seven times last season at Virginia Tech and lost four of them, so there’s little doubt this was an issue already in his head.

Even though Wilson fumbled and may lose some ground in his competition with Ahmad Bradshaw (he didn’t receive any carries after the fumble), there are a few positives to the turnover. One, it didn’t cost the team any points. Two, at least the crying shows us how much Wilson cares. And three, he’s playing for a coach who has an excellent reputation for helping players with fumbling issues (see his work with Tiki Barber).

If it’s any consolation to Wilson, there are plenty of other athletes who have cried during or after games. You can see that full list here.