Kyle Wilson expected to start at nickel corner

Kyle Wilson will likely be the starting nickel cornerback this season (Cosentino, July 12).

Wilson has been mentioned as a possible release candidate, but enters training camp as the favorite to return in the slot.

The Newark Star-Ledger projects Dimitri Patterson to start opposite Dee Milliner, with rookie Dexter McDougle, Darrin Walls, and Ras-I Dowling competing for roles in sub packages.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

It would be an understatement to say that Wilson is unpopular among most Jets fans.  While some frustration is understandable for the former first rounder, Wilson proved himself in 2013, ranking at as the best slot corner in the league according to ProFootballFocus.

There was talk about Wilson as a potential release candidate, but that overlooks three important factors.  The first is the emphasis of counteracting spread formations in the modern NFL through use of the nickel.  The nickel corner is the defense’s version of the sixth man … they are in all intents a starter.

The second is the transition that the team is making in the secondary.  Having moved away from both Cromartie and Revis in the last two years is a major upheaval for the group and any cheap veterans who are experienced with how the secondary runs are worth their weight in gold.

The third is the importance of NFL teams milking post-lockout rookie contracts for all they can.  There’s no good reason to cut Wilson, so let him play out his rookie deal and see what happens next.




15 comments
williamg1
williamg1

In other news, Ferguson will start at LT. 

Joe/Orlando
Joe/Orlando

And who ever mentioned him as a possible release candidate? Considering his play, his relatively low salary and the limited cap savings we'd realize I don't see how it makes any sense to release him.

Joe/Orlando
Joe/Orlando

Yeah and I hear Mangold will likely start at center...

Daniel Diffin
Daniel Diffin

@Joey Cimino In that case, don't read ESPN. Seriously, I don't think many Jets fans are overly fond of Cimini, but no one is forcing us to read his blog. Just stop reading it. 

Daniel Diffin
Daniel Diffin

@Joe/Orlando Believe it or not, some fans have speculated about releasing him on other fansites--I kid you not!! I agree with you, it would be the height of idiocy to release the one player we have who has experience, no serious injury history, and has proven to be dependable--if not particularly exciting. He has never lived up to the expectations associated with being a round 1 draft pick, but he has been a good slot corner for a while now.

a57se
a57se

@Joe/Orlando 

I also heard Rex has a good shot at calling the defensive plays this season!

jetlife
jetlife

@Daniel Diffin He was tasked with choosing the three most memorable plays in Franchise history.  He chose the Butt Fumble, The Fake Spike, and Jumbo's TD on Monday Night.  He could have chosen Maynard's TD against Oakland in AFLCG, something from SB III, Nick Folk's kick in Indy, Santonio's catch in NE....but he trolled the fanbase on a national blog. The write-ups were absurd. In almost any other situation I would agree with you, but Rich is making a living off seemingly trolling the fanbase NATIONALLY.  He doesn't deserve to keep his job. Point, blank, period.

WW85
WW85

How did Cimini pick those 3 plays? In any case, I've seen some quality articles from Cimini(especially the past year). I've also seen terrible articles. He's been covering the team a long time, so he's probably a bit jaded now. It's so popular on this blog to say Cimini is horrible.  The reality is more nuanced.

jetlife
jetlife

@WW85 ESPN has a reporter/blog for each team. From what I understand, the reporters chose those plays. I will admit he has been better in the past year, but 2012-2013 he was insufferable. What does how long he has been reporting on the team have to do with anything?