Isaiah Wilson not likely to see field despite Giants’ injuries

Isaiah Wilson was the only Giants player to dress for the game but not make an appearance on the field in Sunday’s loss to the Eagles. Even with Matt Peart out the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, it does not sound as if the massive Wilson will be finding his way into the lineup for the final two games. 

Wilson, a 2020 first-round pick of the Titans, was a college teammate and linemate of Andrew Thomas at Georgia. Wilson’s NFL career has been almost nonexistent, as he played in one game as a rookie and made headlines for off-the-field incidents (DUI arrest, high-speed chase arrest) and little else. The Titans traded him to the Dolphins but he was cut after three days. The Giants signed Wilson on Sept. 30 to their practice squad and it was made clear right away that Wilson was far too big — he’s listed quite generously at 330 pounds — and needed to get in shape before he could receive any playing time. 

Isaiah Wilson was a 2020 Titans first round pick.
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Wilson was activated for the first time in Week 16. Peart was forced out of the 34-10 loss to the Eagles and was replaced by Korey Cunningham. Wilson, a tackle in college, has been moved to guard by the Giants. Is he an option at right tackle if Nate Solder does not make it off the reserve/COVID-19 list? 

“I think he obviously is an option for us, possibly at tackle along with some other players, but really he’s been plugging away in here and he’s made some progress,’’ coach Joe Judge said. “We’ve flexed him between guard and tackle through some drill and team work. As we go through this week, we’ll look at a number of guys on our practice squad in terms of flexing them up as who can be that next tackle up for the game.’’ 

S Julian Love, who has emerged as a starter and important player in the secondary with the season-ending loss of Jabrill Peppers, was put on the reserve/COVID-19 list, as was practice-squad DB Ka’dar Hollman. C Evan Boehm was released from the practice squad. 

Riley Dixon struggled in Philadelphia — he averaged 36.8 yard on his eight punts — and has been inconsistent for much of the season. 

“[Sunday] wasn’t his best day punting,’’ Judge said. “It doesn’t mean that we’ve lost confidence in him as a player, it doesn’t mean that we’re going to do something as far as moving on from him as being our punter, but obviously, we expect a little bit more out of him as a player.’’ 

Reports are rampant that Rob Sale, the first-year offensive line coach, will leave the Giants and take the offensive line job at Florida. Sale has a long history with Billy Napier, the new Florida head coach, having worked with him at Alabama, Arizona State and Louisiana-Lafayette. Napier is reportedly offering his assistants $1 million per year. 

“This absolutely ties into my job policy and I’m absolutely not going to answer it — it’s a hypothetical,’’ Judge, who fired Marc Colombo, his offensive line coach, during the 2020 season, said when asked about Sale’s possible departure.