DB Wilson to get chance at redemption
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Kyle Wilson has another shot to prove the Jets right.
After weeks of being relegated to the bench and seeing only limited action, the rookie defensive back will split time with Drew Coleman in nickel and dime packages Sunday against Cleveland.
"He's back to being the guy we drafted," said Jets coach Rex Ryan, who helped select the first-rounder with the 29th pick. "You can give up completions in this league, everybody does, but I think he was almost at the stage where he expected the guy to complete the ball on him. And it was like, 'Come on, kid.' "
Wilson played only a handful of defensive snaps the past few weeks, but Ryan believes the more confident 23-year-old deserves to see more action after stringing several good practices together. Wilson took all the reps with the first-team defense in the nickel corner spot during Friday's practice and may very well have a chance to start there against the Browns.
The Piscataway, N.J., native never envisioned the transition to the pros would be this hard. "I've been playing a long time, so it was definitely new to me," he said with a smile when asked about not playing often. "I just had to learn quickly."
Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said the rookie was frustrated by his lack of playing time, but Wilson - who prides himself on keeping his emotions in check - tried hard not to expose those feelings to the media.
"Obviously, everyone here wants to be out there," he said. "I just have to take it positively and do what I can: studying and envisioning myself out there."
While Wilson sat on the bench in recent weeks, Coleman saw the bulk of the minutes. Coleman, however, hasn't been as sharp lately, leaving the door open for the rookie.
"Everybody just speaks on how you have to battle through adversity and seeing how you're going to respond," Wilson said, "and I definitely just took it as a challenge. Came to work every day just trying to get better."
Pettine said the decision to alternate both cornerbacks Sunday stemmed from several things, including Coleman's play against Detroit receiver Nate Burleson, who had 113 yards and a touchdown on seven catches against the Jets' secondary last week.
Ryan said the presence of several talented receivers, such as Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery, should help Wilson's development.
"It helps to a certain degree," the rookie agreed. "But practice is one thing. Games are different."
Notes & quotes: Jets linebacker Bart Scott was fined $20,000 for playing with unsnapped chin straps during Sunday's game at Detroit. This is his third violation of the uniform policy, which states that chin straps must remain attached to the helmet during game play.