EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rookie David Wilson was given a simple piece of advice by special teams coach Tom Quinn before the Giants' game against the Saints: "Run fast."
The first-round draft pick did more than that.
Wilson had a 97-yard kickoff return for one touchdown, ran for 100 yards and two more scores, and piled up a team-record 327 all-purpose yards in a 52-27 win Sunday.
"To come up and have a breakout game like this is an excellent feeling," said Wilson, the first NFL player with 200 yards in kickoff returns and 100 rushing in a game. "I went out there and my teammates went out there and we played great and put up 50 points."
Wilson, taken No. 32 overall, one pick after Tampa Bay rookie star Doug Martin, was benched after fumbling in the opener. It took until recently for him to work his way back into coach Tom Coughlin's good graces.
"He made some huge plays today, when we needed it the most," said Victor Cruz, who had 121 yards and a TD receiving.