As New York Jets' All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis flashes the universal sign of peace, Jets fans can only look at his hand gesture with one specific representation in mind—Day 2 of Darrelle's absence from training camp and subsequently, Revis Island.
The Jets and Revis will hopefully work things out at some point before the season starts but until then, how will Revis' hold-out affect the Jets and rookie cornerback Kyle Wilson?
Wilson, the Jets first-round draft pick and 29th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, has recently signed a five-year, $13 million dollar deal that made him the highest paid cornerback on the Jets roster (probably further inciting Revis). Without the hassle of a contract dispute, Wilson is focused and ready on the task at hand.
As practices officially began today at SUNY Cortland, Wilson was seen taking reps at his slated position of nickel cornerback while Antonio Cromartie, a right-side cornerback for his entire career, moved over to Revis' vacated left-side. Who filled Cromartie's spot on the right? Dwight Lowery.
What is head coach Rex Ryan's rationale for shifting Cromartie to an unfamiliar spot? When asked by a reporter from the Star-Ledger , Ryan stated,"We’re going to work him through camp as a left corner until Revis gets here. That way we can switch him and do all that."
However, Cromartie is a right-side cornerback and Dwight Lowery isn't the long-term solution that the Jets are looking for over on the left-side of the field. The longer that Revis holds out of camp, the more likely the Jets' plans for Wilson's responsibilities will change. With change, Wilson will see more reps with the first-team defense.
Wilson was a first-round draft pick for one reason and one reason only—the Jets feel as if he will be a star cornerback on their squad for many years to come. Perhaps the future is now for Kyle Wilson?
Only time will tell.