FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- As the Jets prepare to integrate first-round pick Dee Milliner into their secondary, Kyle Wilson is keeping his attention strictly on him own progress. No matter the team's vision for Milliner, Wilson isn't getting caught up in how that will affect his role with the team.
"Right now my focus is it doesn't matter to me who's here and who's not here," Wilson said. "I don't think anything is going to change the way I go out there and perform on the field. That's really my focus of getting better -- doing my best personally to help out the team."
As he enters his fourth season, and with a new corner challenging for a starting spot, Wilson has made a good impression during the team's spring workouts. Wilson, who played outside last season due to Darrelle Revis being injured, has primarily played in the slot during offseason workouts.
"This is the best camp he's had and it's not close. I've been proud of the way he's come into these OTAs and the way he's competing," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. "The other thing about Kyle, mentally he's a sharp guy as well. He can work inside and outside and we'll play him in both spots."
The Jet drafted Milliner with the ninth pick, and Ryan said the team has every intention of letting him compete for the starting outside cornerback spot opposite Antonio Cromartie. It even appears he's the favorite to win the position due to Wilson's increased time in the slot. Milliner is currently sidelined as he rehabs from labrum surgery, but has said he'll be ready for training camp.
Wilson was primarily been used in the slot during his first two seasons in the NFL, but after Revis went down early last season, he manned the outside spot and played well. That strong play has extended into this offseason, as Wilson has continued to show signs of improvement while primarily playing the nickel.
Leading up to training camp, Wilson will try to attend the defensive backs workouts in California that Cromartie will be hosting.
"Just using my experience to my advantage. I know exactly what to look for," Wilson said. "I know why we're calling stuff and scenarios and I try to use that to think like a coach out there so I'm not having rookie mistakes. You can see things and understand why we're doing it and what we're doing defensively to put myself in a better situation."
When the Jets drafted Milliner in April, Wilson viewed the move as an example of the team acquiring a player who would help the team improve. While he didn't say too much Thursday about Milliner, Wilson did indicate that the addition of another corner is motivation of sorts.
"Yeah, it's going to do something," Wilson said. "But for me, just staying focused is going to help me out and that's exactly what I'm trying to do."
He added: "For me, this is my first opportunity. I try to take advantage of it every day. I don't need anything else as far as questions and answers regarding this organization's moves."