Friday, September 27, 2013
Wilson: I have to learn from my mistakes
By Matt Ehalt
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Kyle Wilson certainly has a lot of study material.
The Jets cornerback said Friday he needed to learn from last week's stretch of four penalties in four plays against Buffalo. Wilson, who started against the Bills, may not be the starter against the Titans -- head coach Rex Ryan did not say who will be the starting corner opposite Antonio Cromartie.
"Obviously it's something I have to learn from," Wilson said. "I'm a physical guy and have to learn from it -- that's pretty much it."
Wilson got penalized on four straight plays in the fourth quarter, squaring up against Bills receiver Stevie Johnson. He was then benched for a series. Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman stressed that Wilson needed to show patience, saying "the football gods will allow you to get even with a guy."
"What [Thurman] was getting at was being smart, and I don't want to hurt the team in any way," Wilson said. "Something happens, just understand there will be a time and place for it."
While Wilson started in place of Dee Milliner against Buffalo, he may find himself demoted from that role against the Titans. The only personnel grouping Ryan confirmed the Jets would use was the nickel package where Wilson will be in the slot and Darrin Walls will be on the outside. Milliner will miss the first game of his career on Sunday with a hamstring injury.
"Last week was last week. My focus is all on Tennessee," Wilson said. "Still got some time to get better this week and focus on going out and just playing a great game and putting out my best performance and getting better each day in practice."
Sunday will be a huge opportunity for Walls, a third-year player. He didn't play any defensive snaps in the opener against Tampa Bay and then played just 10 against New England before playing a season-high 28 against the Bills.
Walls primarily played on the practice squad last season, suiting up for just six games. He believes he had a strong offseason and played well in minicamp, and that's helped him build confidence and gain the trust of the Jets' staff. He sees his rise in snaps as proof.
Whether he starts or not, odds are Walls will see the field a good amount since the Titans like to use three wide receiver sets. Walls acknowledged it would be quite rewarding if he's able to make his first career start.
"I think it's a great opportunity," Walls said. "It's a big-time thing for me being as I haven't started a game yet in my career. So I think having my first start would be a great accomplishment. It would be a great opportunity to show what kind of skills I do have."