Kyle Wilson Learning from the Best
Florham Park, N.J. — The second year Jet Kyle Wilson came into camp filled with confidence but had some learning to do. Showing his leadership, Darrelle Revis stepped up and took the young cornerback to Revis island and who better to learn from then arguably the best CB in the NFL.
The two players hooked up while the lockout was still in effect. While Revis was staying sharp at the Arizona hideout, he decided to pick up the phone and invite Wilson out to teach him some things about what he knows best.
“Last year was rough for him, being a rookie,” Revis said today. “I’ve been through that stage as a rookie, as well. Veteran guys did it for me when I was younger. Laveranues Coles…those types of guys. I’m just returning the favor.”
His struggles last year as a rookie tends to be the same for all young players. They play very well at times, but they cannot always follow it up game in and game out. The key to this sport is consistancy. Mark Sanchez even mentioned it last week, he needs to be more consistant at his position. Wilson feels that he had that same problem last season.
“I probably just wasn’t as consistent as I wanted to be, and that was the big thing. So that’s the emphasis that I have this year, on going out and playing to the best of my ability, not having mental errors out there, and just perfecting my technique.” Wilson said.
This was one of the main reasons why Revis took him in. The skill is there for Wilson but he just needs to work on some things.
“He had an up and down year last year,” Revis said. “You can say it to him as much as you want…but he needs reps.”
The two players spent a lot of time together in the offseason and according to Revis worked on more than just football.
“I think I worked on everything with him, just life. Being a person, being a positive person.” Revis said.
Wilson made it clear that his confidence level was fine but it was his comfort level that lead to his lack of consistancy last season. Working with Revis helped him in this aspect.
“I’m definitely more comfortable.” Wilson said. “ From the attitude standpoint, it really came from myself.”
Now that Wilson feels more comfortable on the field and is getting more reps in practice, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine is realizing the difference from last year.
“He’s gaining confidence.” Pettine said. “This guy is playing well, let’s find a role for him.”
With the help of Revis and other veteran guys on the defensive side of the ball, look for Wilson’s confidence and comfort to skyrocket. The combination of skill and feeling good about your game is what makes you a better player. If all adds up correctly, look for Wilson to have a more consistent season then the one he had last year.
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