In his professional debut in primetime against the Dallas Cowboys, he carried the ball twice for 4 yards and coughed up a fumble in a loss.
Over the next two games, his stat line read four carries for four yards ... that is until Sunday.
Wilson altered the game for the G-Men, but not as a running back. The former Virginia Tech Hokie kick return specialist did just that for Big Blue, piling up 217 yards and more importantly giving the offense terrific field position on two of their scoring drives (and almost a third, if Eli Manning didn't throw a red-zone pick).
The rookie averaged 36.2 yards per return, and it caught the attention of his head coach.
"David Wilson as a weapon is quite obvious now that people are really going to have to contend with that aspect of our game," Tom Coughlin said on Monday.
"The kid…he works hard. He’s trying to get it all figured out. He wants you to know how much it means to him and how important it is to him. He’s gone out last night and proven a few things. I mean, yeah. Is there a place for a guy that can take it at five yards and run it the rest of the way…yes."
Wilson hopes his success on special teams will allow him to work his way back into the running back rotation.
When Wilson stumbled, it was Andre Brown who got the nod behind Ahmad Bradshaw. Brown started against Carolina when Bradshaw couldn't go.
First-round pick or seventh-round pick, special teams is a way to stand out to the coach -- especially Coughlin.
“Yeah, especially in my position as a running back,” Wilson told the Daily News. “Catching kickoffs and running the ball, if you can make something happen there, they feel like they can put you somewhere in the offense and have an impact."