Jets CB Kyle Wilson in the spotlight

September, 24, 2012
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New York Jets backup cornerback Kyle Wilson is no Darrelle Revis. That much is certain.

But Wilson will get the bright, Revis-like spotlight when Wilson takes the field Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. Revis tore the ACL in his knee, and Wilson is filling in for the Jets' injured Pro Bowl corner the remainder of the season.

The Jets have playoff aspirations, and much of that now rests on Wilson's ability to play at a high level and replace Revis.

"I just feel like I'm going [to go] out there, and I’m going to continue to do my job," Wilson said. "Go out there, make plays and have fun. Just play my game. That’s all I can."

Wilson came into the league with high credentials. He was a first-round pick of the Jets in 2010 but hasn't lived up to his potential. Wilson has been a backup behind Revis and Antonio Cromartie for the past three years. Wilson has three career interceptions and has been mostly inconsistent.

Revis won't be on the field to help the Jets. But Revis will continue to mentor the young backup, Wilson said.

"I always pick that guy's brain," Wilson said. "He's obviously pretty good. Our communication will still be the same."

With Revis Island on hiatus, expect opponents to test Wilson early and often. The San Francisco 49ers (2-1) are up first. They are a quality team coming off a loss and will be looking for an advantage.

Some pundits, including the AFC East blog, have written off the Jets without Revis. But Wilson is confident first-place New York will keep rolling.

"Our team, we can do anything we put our minds to," Wilson said. "I like the team we have."

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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