Kyle Wilson's career taking off
In 2010, we lost the AFC Championship to the Indianapolis Colts because of a 2nd half slaughter against any Jets cornerback not named Darrelle Revis. So as the NFL Draft came around in April of 2010, a new cornerback to support Revis and Cromartie was a pressing need. The Jets choose New Jersey native and Boise State All-American, Kyle Wilson, lat e in the 1st round. Yet in his first season as a Jets nickelback, Kyle Wilson struggled mightily at times, receiving doubts from the Jets fan base. With the memory of Vernon Gholston fresh in our minds, Jets fans everywhere began to wonder, was Kyle Wilson a bust? Well, if you’ve been watching the 2011 Jets season, you now know, Kyle Wilson is here to stay!
As we’re at the mid-point of the Jets 2011 season, the incredible improvement of Kyle Wilson has been blatantly obvious to myself and many others as well. Last year, many of us cringed when Kyle Wilson stepped on the field, often getting burned or flagged for pass interference. This year however, Kyle Wilson has been playing EXCELLENT coverage in the nickel, tackling receivers immediately and even picking off Phillip Rivers. Wilson has racked up 23 tackles, including 19 solos, showing he’s wrapping up ball carriers immediately, which was seen in Buffalo on multiple occasions, as Kyle tackled a receiver on 3rd down just inches short of a First. Thanks to Wilson’s effort, the Jets defense stuffed the run on 4th and inches.
While it’s only half of a season, Kyle Wilson is a vastly different player from his rookie year. Maybe it’s because he worked out with Darrelle Revis in the offseason, maybe it’s because it just took Kyle a year to get used to the competitiveness of the NFL, but one thing is for certain. Kyle Wilson’s career is officially taking Flight.