Rex Ryan on new starting CB Wilson: 'I'm confident in Kyle'
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Kyle Wilson stayed cool Monday, even after an MRI exam confirmed what he and some of his Jets teammates suspected when Darrelle Revis left Sunday's game in Miami.
Wilson is now a starting cornerback with Revis likely done for the year. The 2010 first-round pick will also be a continual target for opposing passers who will now view the Jets secondary as vulnerable rather than one to be feared when Revis patrolled one side of it.
"Really not much has changed," Wilson said to a throng of reporters at the Jets' practice facility. "Definitely a little more playing time, but it's part of the game, just happened that way. I'm going out there, continue to do my job, make plays and have fun. Just play my game, all I can do."
Rex Ryan stressed that no one player can replace Revis, though the Jets coach believes that through better overall defense and with depth at corner, this team can overcome such a big loss.
"We're fortunate -- we have the best in the league in Darrelle and we also have a No. 1 corner in [Antonio] Cromartie," Ryan said. "We drafted Kyle Wilson to basically be a No. 2 corner and that's the way he's going to play that role. I'm confident in Kyle."
Wilson had some difficult times his first two seasons, stepping in as a starter during his rookie year when Revis missed three games with a hamstring injury and then struggling as the nickel corner last season. But he thinks the pro game is getting easier for him now.
"Just having two years of experience to know how important practice is, to know what teams will do to you, studying tendencies," he said. "There's definitely a different sense now."
Wilson said he talked with Revis briefly Monday after the MRI revealed the torn ACL for Revis. The younger corner has talked about Revis' mentorship, from last summer's brief lockout through this past offseason's workouts; Wilson still will rely on Revis' words of wisdom, perhaps now more than ever.
"I'll still be communicating with him, picking that guy's brain -- obviously he's pretty good," Wilson said. "Our communication will still be the same."
There might be plenty of freaking out among Jets fans and even some defeated feelings inside the team's headquarters after losing its best player. Wilson is taking the "next man up" approach, even if that next man up is a big step down from the one being replaced.
"Our team, we can do anything we put our mind to," he said. "We've got good chemistry and everyone's looking to do something to help out. Everybody's going to be asked to do a little bit more, obviously me a little bit more [than that]. We're going to do this together as a team."