Wilson has been impressing some important people at Jets camp in the preseason.
Playing third, behind Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie, can be a thankless job. However, the Jets' heavy use of three-cornerback sets makes Kyle Wilson an integral part of the team.
The third-year cornerback's work ethic and progress this offseason has made more than a few people look twice.
Wilson is in a high-pressure situation. His being drafted in the first round by a team that already had all-time great Darrelle Revis on the roster meant that anything short of greatness would be a disappointment.
Moreover, Rex Ryan considers himself the best defensive coach in the NFL and is only satisfied when he has the best defense in the league.
Revis—unquestionably the best cornerback in the league—has high standards for himself and his compatriots in the secondary. Kyle Wilson made headlines during the 2011 offseason when he spent it training with Revis.
Revis spoke positively of Wilson then, and he built on that today (via the New York Post):
I think he’s having the best camp he’s ever had... He’s stepped up a lot, and you can see it. He’s catching interceptions out here, he’s making checks, and he’s competing.
In the same New York Post piece, he added:
When you [apply yourself], as good as Revis and Cromartie are, you’ve got to also look at yourself and say, ‘Hey, I’ve got to maximize my ability,’ and I believe [Kyle Wilson] is on his way to doing that right now.
Thurmon is not as outspoken and prone to headlines as Rex Ryan is, but when he gives praise, you can trust it.
Jets fans should look forward to seeing more of Kyle Wilson this year—both in the slot and out of it.