It's Darrelle Revis' version of paying it forward. He saw a little of himself in Kyle Wilson after his somewhat uninspired rookie campaign, and it was that, in the end, that pushed Revis to pick up the phone and invite him to his Arizona hideout.
"Last year was rough for him, being a rookie," Revis said today. "I've been through that stage as a rookie, as well. Veteran guys did it for me when I was younger. Laveranues Coles...those types of guys. I'm just returning the favor."
The duo spent large swaths of time together and "I worked on everything with him," Revis said. "Just life. Being a person."
And despite what Rex Ryan deemed a fairly humdrum walkthrough, already, there is a noticeable change in Wilson. When asked who has seemingly improved the most, Ryan hemmed at first, saying that it was too early to tell, before deciding that no, sometimes, you can just tell.
"Kyle," he said. "He's different. He's carrying himself differently..I just think he looks different."
There's no question as to Wilson's athletic ability, Revis said. "He had an up and down year last year," he said. "You can say it to him as much as you want...but he needs reps."
"I remember my rookie year, it was tough. My head was spinning...left and right."
Wilson, indeed, does seem to have a touch of understated swagger to him. Confidence, he said, wasn't the issue, though Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine seem to disagree.
"It was just a learning experience," Wilson said. "I go out each day and try to improve."
And of Revis' good deed?
"From the attitude standpoint, it really came from myself," he said. "Nothing against him or anything, it really is about me and what I do out there. Obviously I'm trying to learn from guys like him."
"I'm definitely more comfortable than I was last year," he said. "I was appreciative."