Giants Q&A: David Wilson, Jayron Hosley have tough first starts

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones makes a Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones makes a touchdown catch as Jayron Hosley defends. (Dec. 16, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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How did David Wilson do in his first start?

If you ask him, he'd sum it up in one word: "Poor." He carried the ball 12 times for 55 yards with a long of 25 and caught one pass for 11 yards. But he also was bulldozed by Sean Weatherspoon on a blitz in the first quarter that pressured Eli Manning on his first interception and was not ready to receive a check-down pass from Manning in the third quarter that hit him in the back.

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And his Virginia Tech teammate, Jayron Hosley, who also made his first start?

He didn't use the word "poor," but it would have applied. Hosley injured his ankle while giving up a 37-yard pass to Harry Douglas and later was beaten on a 40-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones down the left sideline.

Was Hosley's ankle an issue on the go route by Jones?

He says no. "He just got behind me," Hosley said. "A fast receiver who built up his speed, I could have prevented that by playing outside, keeping my outside leverage, and he just made a big play."

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How about playing most of the game with the injury and his left ankle heavily taped?"It was some pain, but at the end of the day, I decided to go play, so I've got to play through it," he said. "I wasn't really making an excuse . . . I decided to play; I had to go out there and get the job done."

Wilson and Hosley are roommates on the road. What did they do Saturday night?

"We just got our rest," Wilson said. "We both started this game and we were just anticipating it. We knew what we had to do and come out here and do it. It was just up to us to do it. We got our rest. There wasn't much talking . . . I got a good night's sleep."

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Any other injuries to monitor besides Hosley's?

Yes. Chris Canty injured a shoulder and had trouble maneuvering it after the game. "Just got banged up a little bit," he said. "Doctors said there's no real issue. I just got banged up a little bit." Guard Chris Snee also missed a majority of the game with a hip injury. He said it is not the same hip or injury he's been dealing with for most of the season. Snee returned, but Jim Cordle replaced him for the second and fourth quarters.

Were the Giants playing with heavy hearts?

"There is no excuse for what happened here this afternoon," Tom Coughlin said. "We are all saddened by the events that happened in Newtown and I feel terrible about it and I'm sure everyone in the nation did as well . . . When you have players that have young children and they could empathize with the parents of the young children who were killed, there was no one who could escape [the thoughts] and no way it couldn't affect everyone. But that is no excuse on how we played."

That first interception by Manning was by a familiar foe, no?

Sure was. That was Asante Samuel, who has been a Manning nemesis for most of his career with the Patriots and Eagles.

"I guess they got tired of me picking [Manning] off, so they sent me somewhere else to make a better team over here," said Samuel, whom the Eagles dealt to Atlanta in the offseason. "Shout-out to coach [Andy] Reid. I love ya, Coach."

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