New York Jets: Kyle Wilson

Jets get defensive -- after the game

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CINCINNATI -- From the first whistle to the final tape-recorder click in the postgame interviews, the New York Jets were the New York Bullies. Still smarting from last year's 40-point blowout loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, they went into Paul Brown Stadium Saturday night with an attitude seldom seen in the preseason. They played like hockey goons, offering no apologies for seven personal-foul penalties. They defended their beleaguered secondary with a "How-dare-you-question-us?" chippiness.

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Andrew Weber/USA TODAY SportsBengals receiver Mohamed Sanu's 43-yard score on what Rex Ryan called blown coverage was but one example of the Jets' secondary struggles.
Rex Ryan was so prickly in his postgame news conference that it made you think, "Wow, who poured lemonade in his Skyline chili?"

The Jets beat the Bengals, 25-17, but forget about the outcome. Their starting defense -- specifically, the secondary -- was torched by Andy Dalton & Co. That was the most important takeaway from the game -- that, and the way they reacted to the postgame inquisition. Clearly, Ryan used the occasion (the scene of last year's debacle) and the adversity (patchwork secondary) to instill an attitude in his team -- a method to the madness, if you will.

"I won't be answering any questions about the secondary," Ryan said at the top of his presser. "Dalton looked like a $100 million quarterback."

It was a lighthearted comment, but then came the snark. He wondered why anyone wanted his opinion on the secondary because the stories already were written, meaning: The secondary stinks, the Jets are in trouble.

There's certainly cause for concern. With a safety playing cornerback (Antonio Allen), and two backups in the staring lineup (safety Jaiquawn Jarrett and cornerback Ellis Lankster), the Jets made Dalton look like a young Boomer Esiason. He completed all eight of his passes for 144 yards and a touchdown, leading the Bengals to 17 points in three series. Allen allowed a 35-yard pass to A.J. Green, who got away with a push. Kyle Wilson got beat for a 43-yard touchdown by Mohamed Sanu, although Ryan claimed it was a blown coverage and not Wilson's fault. The only bright spot was rookie safety Calvin Pryor, who recovered a fumble and broke up a pass with a big hit.

"Obviously, we've got work to do," Ryan sniffed. "How do you evaluate Calvin Pryor? Do you give him a plus? I don't know, I think he forced two fumbles and knocked some dudes out. I guess we were right about that one. We'll be right on our corners, too. We'll sort it out."

Right now, five cornerbacks are hurt, but the biggest names are Dee Milliner and Dimitri Patterson, the projected starters. Patterson should be back soon, but his injury history suggests he won't make too long before the next ailment. Milliner could be back by opening day. This was an issue before training camp because they failed to adequately address the position in free agency, and now it's glaring.

Ryan was asked if they have to acquire a veteran corner.

"I don't think Willie Brown is out there," Ryan snapped. "Maybe he is, but he's 60 years old."

The Hall of Famer is actually 73 years old. If Ryan's pass defense doesn't improve, he'll feel that old by the second quarter of the season -- the Missiles of October. That's when they face Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in consecutive weeks.

Worried? Not Ryan.

"I rely on what I know, which is 20-something years of experience," he said. "That gives me plenty of confidence."

Linebacker Demario Davis bristled when it was suggested the team doesn't have "elite" corners.

"Who said they're not?" he asked a reporter.

They're not, he was told.

"You can say that after one game?" Davis replied.

Allen played the entire first half with the starters but was tested only once by Dalton -- the long completion to Green. All things considered, it wasn't a bad debut for Allen, but let's not be naive: If it had been a regular-season game, the Bengals would've attacked him. Allen said he wasn't intimidated by having to cover Green, one of the best.

"I was just thinking, it's going to be an all-out fight, me and him, best man wins," Allen said.

Allen's physical attitude spread through the entire team, which crossed the line on several occasions. Most of the personal fouls came from the offensive line, with Brian Winters and Breno Giacomini incurring two apiece. At times, the Jets looked undisciplined. Ironically, the secondary wasn't penalized -- a stunner, considering the current climate in the league. Maybe the corners couldn't get close enough to foul.

Go ahead, laugh. Allen said the secondary is aware of the criticism, and is planning to use it as fuel.

"It motivates us a lot," he said.

No doubt, the Jets came to Cincinnati with something to prove. That they approached a preseason game with such attitude might be foolish, but maybe it's not a bad thing. Ryan is trying to set a tone for the season.

"We're not here to take anyone's stuff," Ryan said, bristiling. "Period."
Plenty of great questions this week. A sampling:

Five players to watch in OTA's

May, 28, 2014
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Players not named Geno Smith with the most on the line in the New York Jets' OTA's, which continue Wednesday (open to the media):

1. Stephen Hill, wide receiver: If his balky knee cooperates, Hill needs to reinvent himself this spring and summer, validating the first-round grade he received from the Jets as a talented but unpolished wideout who came out of Georgia Tech in 2012. If all goes well, he could start opposite Eric Decker. If he remains an enigma, he could jeopardize his roster spot.

2. Jacoby Ford, wide receiver: Overshadowed by Decker and the three rookies at receiver, Ford has quietly impressed the coaching staff. People forget he was an ascending player for the Oakland Raiders in 2010 -- until injuries hit. If healthy, Ford could be a factor at receiver, not to mention a scary kickoff returner -- or just a tease.

3. Kyle Wilson, cornerback: After four years, the Jets know what the former first-round pick can do, but it'll be interesting to see if they can find anyone to do it better. They imported competition in the slot. If a newcomer jumps out (perhaps Johnny Patrick or rookie Dexter McDougle), Wilson -- always a notch below expectations -- could be expendable in the preseason.

4. Zach Sudfeld, tight end: A late arrival last season after being dropped by the New England Patriots, Sudfeld flashed potential as a receiver in limited action. The coaches like his upside, but they still drafted Jace Amaro in the second round. It's time to turn upside into production.

5. Quinton Coples, outside linebacker: These next few weeks aren't make or break for the former first-round pick, but Coples can establish a positive tone for the season by making big strides. This is his third season, and he acknowledged recently it's time to be more productive and assertive. We already know how Joe Klecko feels about him.

Jets draft preview: Secondary

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This is the ninth and final installment in a position-by-position analysis of the New York Jets as they prepare for the draft:

Position: Secondary

Current personnel: CB Dee Milliner (signed through 2016), CB Dimitri Patterson (2014), CB Kyle Wilson (2014), S Dawan Landry (2014), S Antonio Allen (2015), CB Darrin Walls (2014), S Jaiquawn Jarrett (2014), CB Ellis Lankster (2014), CB Ras-I Dowling (2015), CB Johnny Patrick (2014), S Josh Bush (2015), S Rontez Miles (2016), CB Nick Taylor (2015), CB Lowell Rose (2016), CB Jeremy Reeves (2016), S Brandon Hardin (2014).

Projected starters: Milliner, Patterson, Landry, Allen.

Newcomers: Patterson (free agent/Miami Dolphins), Patrick (waivers/San Diego Chargers), Reeves (college free agent).

Departures: Antonio Cromartie (cut/Arizona Cardinals), Ed Reed (free agent), Isaiah Trufant (free agent/Cleveland Browns).

Top salary-cap charge: Milliner, $2.88 million.

Scouting report: The secondary needs help. The Jets allowed 15 pass plays of 40-plus yards, the fourth-highest total in the league. They surrendered 3,947 passing yards, the most by the franchise since 1986. A broken-down Reed made three interceptions in seven games -- and that was good enough to tie for the team lead. Need we go on? In free agency, they made only one significant move, essentially replacing Cromartie with Patterson. When healthy, Patterson is a playmaker, especially in the slot, but he hasn't been healthy in recent years. Cromartie played poorly last season, so maybe they figure anything they get out of Patterson is an upgrade. That's a risky way to do business. Rex Ryan needs at least three good corners to play his style of defense, and there are no sure things on the roster. Milliner capped an otherwise bad rookie season with a strong finish, but does that make him a legit No. 1 corner? If Milliner doesn't make a big leap, it's trouble.

Last DB drafted: They picked Milliner, ninth overall, last year.

Potential targets: There's a decent chance they could pick a corner in the first round (18). No fewer than seven corners made pre-draft visits to the Jets' facility, including the top four -- Darqueze Dennard (Michigan State), Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State), Kyle Fuller (Virginia Tech) and Bradley Roby (Ohio State). Dennard is the best scheme fit because he played a lot of man-to-man in college. Gilbert is a freakishly talented athlete with terrific ball skills, but he's not physical -- a younger version of Cromartie. Fuller can play in any scheme. Roby has "boom or bust" written all over him. Dennard, Gilbert and Fuller would be good value at 18. Keith McGill (Utah) is a possibility if they want to wait until the second or third round. Dex Mcdougle (Maryland) is a third-day option. The could use a cover safety, but Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Alabama) won't last until 18. Ryan's defense doesn't value safeties as much as other teams, so it wouldn't be a surprise if they wait until Day 3 to draft one, if then. Dez Southward (Wisconsin) is a late possibility.

Need rating (scale of 1 to 10): CB -- 10; S -- 7.

Jets draft preview: Special teams

May, 3, 2014
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This is the sixth installment in a position-by-position analysis of the New York Jets as they prepare for the draft:

Position: Special teams.

Current personnel: PK Nick Folk (signed through 2017), P Ryan Quigley (2005), LS Tanner Purdum (2014), KR Jacoby Ford (2014), PR Jeremy Kerley (2014), PR Kyle Wilson (2014), KR Clyde Gates (2014).

Newcomers: Ford (Oakland Raiders).

Departures: KR Josh Cribbs (free agent), KR Antonio Cromartie (cut/Arizona Cardinals), KR Darius Reynaud (free agent).

Top salary-cap charge: Folk, $3.6 million.

Scouting report: It's a mixed bag. The Jets were happy to retain Folk, who signed a four-year, $12 million contract, but there are concerns for new special-teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey. The once-formidable unit needs an upgrade in a few areas, a sentiment shared by former STC Mike Westhoff, who criticized the talent level at the end of last season. "The personnel is limited -- and I'm being kind," he said.

Coverage and return units are populated by players in the bottom third of the roster, and the bottom third has eroded over the years. This offseason, they lost their third-leading tackler, Isaiah Trufant (Cleveland Browns), who served as a gunner and played 233 snaps on special teams. They finished in the middle of the pack (17th) in overall performance, according to a formula used by ESPN Stats & Information, but it should be higher. The addition of Ford, who scored on three kickoffs in 2010 for the Raiders, should bring some sizzle -- if he's healthy. McGaughey said he'd like to import competition for Ford. He also said his No. 1 objective is to improve the punt coverage.

Potential targets: The Jets need more run-and-hit athletes. With 12 draft picks, including nine in Rounds 4-7, they have plenty of ammo. By the time they get done drafting and signing college free agents, they'll be stocked up on receivers, tight ends, linebackers and defensive backs. Remember these names: Kadron Boone and James Wright, former LSU receivers. They won't be drafted, but they were two of McGaughey's top special-teamers at LSU. The draft's top returners are Dri Archer (Kent State) and De'Anthony Thomas (Oregon), both running backs. They're small, but fast. Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (LSU) also has exciting return ability.

Need rating (scale 1 to 10): 6.

Jets' not-so-old gang is dwindling

March, 10, 2014
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You've heard this a thousand times: The NFL stands for Not For Long, and that theory certainly applies to the 2010 New York Jets.

With Antonio Cromartie's release Sunday, only 11 players remain from the team that lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game (we're including free agents). That total is sure to shrink in the coming days. By the time we reach Week 1, it could be only seven holdovers.

A look at the Gang of 11:

Not going anywhere:

D'Brickashaw Ferguson, left tackle

Nick Mangold, center

David Harris, linebacker

Jeff Cumberland, tight end

Nick Folk, kicker (franchise tag)

Tanner Purdum, long snapper

Kyle Wilson, cornerback

Free agents:

Calvin Pace, linebacker

Vladimir Ducasse, guard/tackle

Likely cap casualties:

Mark Sanchez, quarterback

Santonio Holmes, wide receiver

Kyle Wilson: Jets' Man of the Year

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Defensive back Kyle Wilson was named by the New York Jets as the team's Walter Payton Man of the Year, which recognizes community service and playing excellence.

Wilson received $1,000 to donate to the Piscataway High School football program, his alma mater and charity of choice. He's eligible for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year, which is announced prior to the Super Bowl.

In 2011, Wilson became the Jets' spokesman for the league-sponsored "Play 60" program, making more than 20 visits to schools in New Jersey. He's involved in owner Woody Johnson's charity, the Alliance for Lupus Research.

Wilson cagey about swapping No. 20

November, 14, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Ed Reed has played a Hall of Fame career with a No. 20 jersey. Now that he’s a Jet, he showed up wearing No. 22. The No. 20 Jets jersey has been worn by cornerback Kyle Wilson since he was drafted in 2010 in the first round with the 29th overall pick.

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Numbers mean a lot, they can be lucky, or signify a something larger for a player. Changing numbers may be considered bad luck, or merely annoying when every photo of your professional career is accompanied by a 20.

There’s a protocol at times like this. Usually it means that the veteran offers money and/or consideration to the younger player in exchange for the number.

But on Thursday, when Wilson was asked whether he had been approached by Reed for his number, the corner turned serious.

“Nah, I’m not trying to talk about that with you guys.” Wilson said.

Is a swap off the table?

“Not going to discuss that with you guys,” Wilson said.

Will we see on Sunday?

“I’m here for Buffalo,” Wilson said.

So there you have it. Maybe the 20 means something to Wilson, maybe Reed doesn’t want it, or maybe Wilson’s comments are just a starting point in the negotiations.

Injury report: Wilson, Milliner probable

October, 18, 2013
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Cornerbacks Kyle Wilson and Dee Milliner are available to play against the Patriots. Both are listed as probable for Sunday's 1 p.m. game at MetLife Stadium.


Wilson had a concussion and Milliner has missed three games with a hamstring injury.

Just in time, because with TE Rob Gronkowski eligible to play, the Jets will need every piece they can use on defense.

Wilson, who was in a red no-contact jersey Thursday, practiced with out it Friday. He said he thought he has been cleared to play, and coach Rex Ryan later confirmed he would likely play.

Here is the full injury report:

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Out: WR Santonio Holmes (foot, hamstring), WR Greg Salas (knee).

Probable: LB Quinton Coples (ankle), CB Antonio Cromartie (hip, knee), DT Kenrick Ellis (back), RB Chris Ivory (hamstring), S Jaiquawn Jarrett (knee), WR Jeremy Kerley (back), CB Dee Milliner (hamstring), WR David Nelson (hamstring), RB Bilal Powell (neck), CB Darrin Walls (shoulder), CB Kyle Wilson (concussion).

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Out: WR Danny Amendola (concussion, groin), DT Tommy Kelly (knee), RB Leon Washington (ankle).

Doubtful: CB Aqib Talib (hip).

Questionable: RB Brandon Bolden (knee), T Marcus Cannon (shoulder), G Dan Connolly (concussion), WR Julian Edelman (thigh), TE Rob Gronkowski (back, forearm), TE Michael Hoomanawanui (knee), WR Matt Slater (wrist), S Tavon Wilson (hamstring).

Probable: CB Kyle Arrington (groin), S Devin McCourty (shoulder), DE Rob Ninkovich (groin), T Nate Solder (back).

Practice report: 'Tone' out, Wilson in

October, 18, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Santonio Holmes didn't appear any closer to getting on the field for the Jets this week, spending the last full practice of Week 7 on the sideline in a T-shirt riding the exercise bike.

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The Jets wide receiver said he was getting seven hours of treatment a day on his foot and hamstring when he spoke to the media Thursday. He complained that his 10-minute weekly media obligation was detracting from his rehab when asked how he was feeling.

"How am I feeling right now? Like, you guys are interrupting my treatment time right now,” Holmes said.

The good news for the Jets: Kyle Wilson (concussion) practiced without the red jersey. Having the cornerback return the week after his concussion would help; with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski back in the lineup, the Jets can use every defensive veteran they can get.

Dee Milliner (hamstring) also practiced, at least for the portion that was open to the media. We will get a more detailed practice report later.

WR Greg Salas (knee) was the only other Jet on the bike.

Practice report: Kyle Wilson returns to field

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson, who sustained a concussion in the loss to the Steelers, participated in some segments of practice with his teammates Thursday.

The media is allowed to see only a limited amount of practice, but Wilson was on the field in uniform for the first time since the injury.

Wilson, who has been in the nickel package while Darin Walls plays opposite Antonio Cromartie, had stretched Wednesday and worked out on the bike in a T-shirt, but this was his first day back on the field in some capacity.

WR Santonio Holmes (foot/hamstring) appeared after stretching and worked out on the side. Also over with the rehab crew: RB Chris Ivory, WR David Nelson and CB Dee Milliner.

Jets injury update: Wilson (concussion) sits

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Cornerback Kyle Wilson suffered a concussion in last Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New York Jets confirmed, and he didn't practice Wednesday. His status for Sunday against the New England Patriots remains uncertain.

The Jets could lose a defensive back this week, but gain one. Rookie cornerback Dee Milliner, out the last three games with a pulled hamstring, practiced on a limited basis and is expected to play. Asked if he's optimistic about Milliner's chances of returning, Rex Ryan said, "Yeah, I am. Absolutely."

Milliner doesn't play the slot, so it would be interesting to see how they use him, Antonio Cromartie and Darrin Walls. They could move Walls into the slot or perhaps go with Isaiah Trufant, who replaced Wilson against the Steelers. Milliner didn't fare well in the previous meeting against the Patriots, as he was benched at halftime.

There was a curious development with newly-signed wide recover Greg Salas, whom they plucked off the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad. Salas, who didn't practice, had a pre-existing knee injury that will sideline him for at least two weeks, according to Ryan. The coach claimed they knew about the injury.

"We kind of knew he was going to be out," Ryan said. "If he had a severe injury, that wasn't the case. This might be a couple of weeks and he'll be back."

Practice report: Holmes still out, Salas hurt

October, 16, 2013
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets likely will be facing the New England Patriots with a beat-up receiving corps.

Santonio Holmes (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday, David Nelson (undisclosed) was limited in positional drills and newcomer Greg Salas, signed Tuesday off the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad, spent the early part of practice riding a stationary bike. Unless Salas was injured on the drive up the New Jersey Turnpike, it appears the Jets signed damaged goods.

The Jets' other newcomer, WR/KR Josh Cribbs, made his debut on the practice field, wearing No. 16. As expected, he was involved in punt and kickoff returning, and he also ran drills with the receivers.

Holmes showed up midway through the media period at practice -- he walked in with general manager John Idzik -- but he wasn't in pads and did only light jogging. There's little chance he will play Sunday. On Tuesday, they lost Clyde Gates (shoulder) for the season, placing him on injured reserve.

Cornerback Kyle Wilson (head injury) also is a question mark. He, too, was on the bikes.

On the positive side, rookie cornerback Dee Milliner (hamstring) participated in positional drills, working his way back to action. There's growing optimism about his chances of playing Sunday. He has missed three straight games.

Injury roundup: Two RBs banged up

October, 13, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Jets had several players go down with injuries against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, including two of their top three running backs.

Starter Bilal Powell and Mike Goodson exited the game -- Powell with a shoulder injury, Goodson with a knee injury. Coach Rex Ryan did not have updates on any of his injured players after the game.

Powell did speak to reporters, and insisted he is not injured. "I just took a little hit, came out and took a breather," Powell said. "Came in and everything is good."

Goodson may be out for a while -- he had to be helped off the field after going down in the fourth quarter. UPDATE: Goodson is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday for the potentially serious knee injury, according to a source.

Wide receiver Clyde Gates, who had a team-high five catches for 36 yards, injured his shoulder and had his arm in a sling after the game.

Cornerback Kyle Wilson left with a head injury, and may have a concussion.

Wide receiver Stephen Hill took a big shot from Steelers safety Troy Polamalu late in the first half, but played in the second half.

"I just got the wind knocked out of me," Hill said afterward.

Locker Room Buzz: New York Jets

October, 13, 2013
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Observed in the locker room after the New York Jets' 19-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium:

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No consistency: Rex Ryan and several players lamented the team's lack of consistency on a week-to-week basis. In fact, the Jets (3-3) have managed only one two-game winning streak over the last 25 games -- and that occurred last season. "It sucks, man," linebacker Calvin Pace said. "We talk about how we want to be a playoff team, but to be a playoff team, you have to win more than one game [in a row]. If you win one, lose one, you're 8-8. We have to be better than that." Sitting a few feet away, the usually affable Sheldon Richardson refused to speak to the media. "It's called being mad as hell, and I don't want to talk to y'all," the rookie defensive tackle said.

Walking wounded: The Jets suffered four injuries -- CB Kyle Wilson (possible concussion), RB Mike Goodson (knee), WR Clyde Gates (shoulder) and RB Bilal Powell (shoulder), who insisted he was fine. That wasn't the case with Gates, who was seen in the locker room with his left arm in a sling. The Jets already are down a receiver, with Santonio Holmes (hamstring) likely to miss next Sunday's game against the New England Patriots. Losing Gates would hurt. Obviously, the backfield would take a hit without Powell and Goodson, whose injury could be serious.

Contradicting alibis: Geno Smith said his first interception, near the Steelers' goal line, was an intentional throwaway. Ryan gave a different version, saying he "would've liked to have seen him throw the ball away there and not force it." Looking at the replay, it sure looked like a forced throw into triple coverage. Graybeard S Ryan Clark read it perfectly and made the interception at the 1-yard line in the third quarter, ending Smith's streak of eight straight quarters without an interception.

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