David Wilson is denyin' the cryin'.
The rookie running back clearly was emotional on the sideline after his fumble early in Wednesday night's game, but even though a televised close-up of Wilson as he was counseled by running backs coach Jerald Ingram, Osi Umenyiora and Hakeem Nicks seemed to show a tear rolling down his cheek, the rookie said he wasn't welling up.
"I wasn't crying, but I was definitely upset," the first-round pick said Thursday of his fumble. "I think it would have been a lot worse if I was smiling or feeling good about it. I'm passionate about the game."
Tom Coughlin also noted Wilson's emotional response.
"On the sidelines he was very upset about what happened," Coughlin said. "I did give him credit for that. He was deeply, deeply sorry about what happened. Unfortunately, it happened."
And because it did happen, Wilson did not return for any additional offensive snaps.
"It was more let the veteran [Ahmad Bradshaw] play and let's hope we don't have another occasion to shoot ourselves in the foot," Coughlin said of the decision to bench Wilson for the rest of the game. "Everybody says: 'Well, you didn't play him after that.' Well, we're playing the opening game of the year. It's a divisional game. We had just driven the ball. We're going to be a bit reluctant. This is not preseason . . . This is serious business now."
Nicks not himselfIf it seemed as though Hakeem Nicks was not himself while catching four passes for 38 yards against the Cowboys, it's because he wasn't. Nicks, who played in his first game since offseason foot surgery, admitted to feeling some discomfort.
"I feel like once I get into the swing of things, I can do a little more," he said. "Right now it's been a short training camp for me. I limited myself on the field, not being able to practice as much as I want to, but it's a matter of maintaining and not prolonging this foot injury, so I'm all for that. I'm sure I'll be myself here in about another game or two. It's just a matter of me playing and getting through it."
Giant stepsCoughlin was upset by the play of the offensive line in the running game. "At some point someone's got to create a hole," he said . . . Linebacker Keith Rivers (hamstring) said he is day-to-day but seemed optimistic about playing Sept. 16 against the Bucs. He had seven tackles against the Cowboys in his first regular-season game since 2010 . . . Eli Manning said he saw a number of missed opportunities while re-watching the game. "There are some games you look at it and you just got beat in all aspects and had no chance," he said. "That was not the case with this one."