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Jets' Wilson eager to prove critics wrong

Cornerback Kyle Wilson #20 of the New York

Cornerback Kyle Wilson #20 of the New York Jets stands over Brian Hartline #82 of the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. (Sept. 26, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty

Kyle Wilson hasn't exactly been jotting down names and scribbling them on a notepad for future reference. Still, don't think for a second that the Jets cornerback isn't aware of the doubters. The ones who wonder if he truly has all the tools to become a solid NFL player. The ones questioning whether he's worthy of his status as a first-round draft pick.

Wilson had an up-and-down rookie season in 2010. He began as the Jets' top nickel back, but after struggling with penalties and coverage, he found himself dropping on the depth chart. Then he had a slow climb back at the end of the season, though it did little to quiet the skeptics.

"That stays with you the whole offseason, so I continue to work," Wilson told Newsday Thursday from Scottsdale, Ariz. "I hear everybody. People want to bash me or talk negatively about me and really don't know anything about me or how I work, don't know too much about me.

"But negative things, obviously that's a part of the stuff that fuels me, and I strive to be great. That's really what I'm here in the offseason doing, what I've been working on and what drives me."

That's part of the reason Wilson flew out earlier this week. He's working out with All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis, a commitment his teammate made clear he wanted after the Jets' loss to the Steelers in the AFC Championship Game.

"He was like, 'This ain't gonna happen again,' " Wilson said. "He was like, 'Y'all are coming out to work with me.' "

Wilson has been doing just that, studying the way Revis goes about his business. He's trying to include some of the things Revis does so well -- such as his fine-tuned approach to checking receivers as they come off the line of scrimmage -- into his own style.

"I like it, just working out with him, competing with him and just going over stuff and seeing how he uses things," Wilson said. "Working out with the best, I don't think you can beat that."

Wilson also has spent time working out with Browns defensive back Mike Adams, a good friend of his who's entering his eighth season. They put in nearly three hours of training every time they hooked up, and Adams schooled him on a variety of things.

The purpose is to ensure there's no repeat of a roller-coaster rookie year that admittedly took its toll.

"It was tough," Wilson said. "It was tough. There was nothing I could really do . . . So me speaking negatively or pouting or doing anything to not help the team positively wasn't an option. That's not me. I just kind of had to roll with it.

"It was new territory. But overall, I think everything happened for a reason and I just took it as a learning experience."

It's an experience he plans to ace with a bounce-back campaign.

"Whatever it takes," Wilson said. "Last year was last year. But this year, I'm going to make it a point that it's going to be different."

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