EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- David Wilson doesn’t have personal payback on his mind in Dallas this weekend.
Wilson, who had a fumble in the regular season opener against the Cowboys, which landed in the proverbial doghouse, would much rather see the final result of the game change this time around.
“I just hope we win,” Wilson said. “That’s the main thing. We lost the last time we played.”
On the second carry of his NFL career, Wilson took a handoff in Dallas territory but fumbled when the ball was popped out by linebacker Sean Lee, who is out for the rest of the year with a toe injury. Since then, Wilson has struggled to develop a role on offense, carrying the ball just 13 times in the six games since. In last week’s win against the Redskins, he didn’t have a single carry.
But the rookie isn't looking at this game as his chance to show the Cowboys what could have happened a few weeks ago had it not been for the fumble.
"Just go out there and win," Wilson said.
Wilson doesn’t use that fumble as motivation, but did say that it’s something he has had to overcome. He said he wasn’t sure whether it has affected his rookie season thus far.
“Maybe,” Wilson said. “Only the coaches know that.”
The fumble hasn’t affected Wilson’s role on special teams, though, as the rookie has established himself as one of the premier returners in the league. He’s averaging 28.1 yards per return, and has at least one 40-yard return in three of the team’s seven games to date. He’s second in the league in return yards for returners with at least 20 attempts.
One of Wilson’s goals this year was to have a 20-yard play every game, and through special teams he’s been able to accomplish that in six of the team’s seven games. His only non 20-yard game came against Carolina, when his longest return was 19 yards. With the success he’s having, Wilson acknowledged that he’d like to try to make the Pro Bowl as a return man.
“If I do pretty well on these kick returns, I possibly could make the Pro Bowl if I get some in the end zone. So that’s the main thing,” Wilson said.
Wilson has come close to several touchdowns so far, but hasn’t yet been able to find pay dirt as a return man. While some first-round picks might not enjoy having to rely on special teams to be involved on Sundays, Wilson is embracing the opportunity.
“It’s a good feeling because you can be the spark to the offense,” Wilson said. “So going out there catching the kickoff and trying to give them good field position or trying to score, it’s a spark for the whole team.”