David Wilson might go on to have a very good pro career and perhaps be remembered as one of the best ever to wear a Giants uniform. Then again he might not get the chance to reach that level of achievement if he doesn’t learn how to hold on to the football.

All during training camp the question was whether Wilson’s pass blocking had improved enough for the Giants to trust him to be an every down back. An inability to hang on to the football wasn’t believed to be a lingering problem. Clearly it is.

Two lost fumbles by Wilson proved costly in the Giants’ 36-31 season-opening loss to the Cowboys Sunday night at AT&T Stadium. Wilson’s first fumble ruined a potential scoring drive when he was stripped of the ball on a first down play at the Cowboys’ 8-yard line in the first quarter.

His second fumble came on the Giants’ first series of the third quarter when he was again stripped of the ball. Dallas safety Barry Church picked it up and ran 27 yards for a touchdown that gave the Cowboys a 20-10 lead. Wilson was then benched and didn’t play the rest of the game.

“They’re not going to play unless they can hang on to the ball” an angry coach Tom Coughlin said after the game. “It’s demoralizing to the whole team.”

Losing for the first time in five games in Jerry Jones’ billion-dollar building was not the way the Giants wanted to start their 2013 season. And it certainly wasn’t what the Giants expected from Wilson the second-year player from Virginia Tech whose two fumbles cost the Giants 14 points.