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“He’s anxious to do right,” said Coughlin, adding Wilson will get some carries on Sunday. Coughlin, however, said Wilson is not totally out of the doghouse, and he won’t be until he shows he can carry the ball without losing it.

“Whatever I do, no matter what, high and tight,” Wilson said. “If I have the ball, it’s high and tight.”

Wilson was in a good mood after practice, even laughing when questioned about something other than fumbling. Now he wants to start living up to the expectations that cropped up after he gained 49 yards on five carries against the Bears in the third preseason game.

Heading into the regular season, Wilson said he hoped to average 5.0 yards a carry, score 10 touchdowns, have at least six 100-yard games, allow no sacks while pass protecting, have at least one play of 20 yards per game and, of course, have no fumbles.

His statistics for Game 1?

Two carries, 4 yards and one fumble.

“That was my first game,” Wilson said. “That’s something I hope to look back on and kind of laugh about.”

Wilson isn’t the first young Giants running back to fumble early in his career. Tiki Barber suffered though fumbles, and Bradshaw had his problems, too.

“As a rookie, I had the same play, the same exact situation,” Bradshaw said. “I just told him to keep his head up. Those things happen. I told him to work on the ball things, which is ball security, having the ball in the right hand at the right time. I just told him to get it out of his mind and keep his head up.”