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Tom Coughlin: 'Ball security is No. 1' for David Wilson

Giants running back David Wilson (22) rushes during

Giants running back David Wilson (22) rushes during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Indianapolis Colts. (Aug. 18, 2013) Credit: AP

Tom Coughlin's frustration with David Wilson's fumbling has boiled over into Tom Coughlin's frustration with questions about David Wilson's fumbling.

"Geez!" Coughlin said Wednesday after one too many questions about the second-year running back. "Man, oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man, oh man . . . I can't say any more about David Wilson, except that if I watch him in practice and his technique doesn't improve, I'll let you know. OK? I'll let you know."

Before he'd had enough of the Wilson questions, Coughlin did manage to give a little insight into the problem. One of the things he said, which is obvious, is that for the rest of this season (and possibly the rest of his career) Wilson will be a "marked man." In other words, teams will be attacking the ball when it's in his hands.

"He's following the technique that he's been taught," Coughlin said. "And we'll see under pressure if he can continue to do that. The problems occur when you try to make a move. You make a move and the ball leaves your side and the pocket that you've established for it, you have trouble.

"When there's no place to go and other people are surrounding you, you have no choice but to cover it up with both hands and get in position. That's a difficult thing for David Wilson because of his body style and the height of his running position. He can do a good job of covering the ball up. He was careless and it cost us dearly. But I'm confident he's going to learn from it."

Unfortunately, Wilson's next opportunity to perform "under pressure" won't come until Sunday against the Broncos. Although Coughlin said he will be tested in practice.

"He's going to have to have the ball in that position all the time, not just when he thinks he's running free and there's nobody around him," Coughlin said. "I want to see the ball in the right spot all the time. And quite frankly there's nowhere else to go with this. I don't know what else to say to you. I realize it's a major issue for everybody. But there's a way to carry the ball and there's a way to protect the ball. Ball security is No. 1. And that's what he's going to have to demonstrate."

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