Jets ‘Happy’ With Improving Wilson

In an era where instant progress and gratification are deeply ingrained in the minds of fans, it’s been frustrating to watch the Jets’ 2010 draft class struggle to come into their own. Vlad Ducasse seems destined for back-up duty barring an unforeseen revelation while John Conner continues to be inconsistent. Joe McKnight turned up his ‘A’ game last year but even now people complain about McKnight, whether it be about him jokingly stating he ate McDonalds to bulk-up or fumbling in practice–if it was still 2010 I’d be nervous but since it’s not, I’m not.

Beyond Ducasse, first round selection Kyle Wilson has seemingly received the most criticism whether it be fair or unfair. Wilson was at a disadvantage from the start when Antonio Cromartie was named the #2 corner before Wilson was even drafted, leaving the rookie to learn the then-foreign nickel spot. Then the lockout-shortened 2011 season certainly didn’t help Wilson make overwhelming leaps and bounds. Now in his third year, his coaches and teammates have seen a considerable change in Wilson who has embraced his role behind Revis Island and AlCrotraz.

“I think [Wilson’s] having the best camp he’s ever had,” Revis said. “I told him that the other day. I told him to just keep working and getting better, and he’s been doing that. He’s been outstanding out there, and you can see it. You can see the maturity in him out there.

“He’s stepped up a lot, and you can see it. He’s catching interceptions out here, he’s making checks, and he’s competing, and that’s good.”

This spring, defensive backs coach Dennis Thurman told Wilson that despite the presence of Revis, the league’s best corner, and Cromartie, widely considered the league’s most athletic, at the two starting spots, he wanted him to think as if he’s a starter, and compete like a player trying to earn a starting spot.

So far, Thurman has liked what he has seen.

“He’s taken the words and applied them,” Thurman said. “When you do that, as good as Revis and Cromartie are, you’ve got to also look at yourself and say, ‘Hey, I’ve got to maximize my ability,’ and I believe he’s on his way to doing that right now.

Eric Weeks, TheJetsBlog.com

You know you’re doing something right when you get ringing endorsements from not only your position coach but Darrelle Revis too. Just like Sanchez, I think we’re witnessing a change in Kyle that we have be longing for and so long as he can carry this over into the regular season there is little reason not to believe Revis’ proclamation that the Jets will have one of best trios in the NFL.




13 comments
raven6
raven6

I do not care if the players miss some open shots. But napier, chalmers and co penetrating at will and sending the defense into disarray, even with the guys we have we should not get over 110 points from shorthanded team as heat.

brad5614
brad5614

I think the Knicks are seeing if bargnani can play in the triangle... If he can they will offer vets minimum to him for next year... Bargs can reestablish his value and for knicks there is little risk...they are going to have at least 8 spots to fill

1harris1
1harris1

@brad5614 I could definitely see Phil trying that with Bargs.  Just not sure what the veteran's minimum is with a guy like him.  If that number is a seven digit figure, he'll have show something over the final 30 games, including a desire to want to play basketball. 

brad5614
brad5614

I think vets min. Is about 900k this year

1harris1
1harris1

I missed the game last night (as I'm sure many of us did), but I see where Minnesota won.  We gained some in the standings!


Combined total of Knick and 76er victories for the remainder of the season: over/under 7.5?  I'm taking the under.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

Why is Bargnani still on this team and taking up valuable minutes that could be far better utilized evaluating other players who may actually have some kind of a future with this franchise?

jsnooka
jsnooka

You go get a life. I totally agree with Brian there should be no reason this 7 foot dufus remained on the roster after the trade deadline

1harris1
1harris1

@Brian Webster @bockers74 That is a more than a fair point Brian, but the one thing we have to admit with Bargnani is that at least he's an NBA player (when in fact he shows up to play). That's kind of nice to see out there in Knick land these days.

rico
rico

@1harris1 @Brian Webster @bockers74 you can't play all D league and expect to "evaluate" on 10 day contracts.  Too many of those upset the mess that already is, stop the flow that they are attempting to germinate. Plus last night I did see the game and the knicks need big bodies to throw out there. They could use Bargs to score and keep the knicks from being blown out by 60 instead of 30.  


Bargs is the least of the problems and he'll be gone soon enough.


Last night Frazier said one resonant thing, he said:  "what the Knicks need now and with the draft is some LUCK. Never underestimate how much you need a little bit that in this game, especially when it comes to draft picks and health."  



1harris1
1harris1

@rico @1harris1 @Brian Webster @bockers74 No doubt we will need some good fortune with the upcoming draft.  What seems promising is that it looks like there are a few really good players coming out besides Okafor (Towns, Russell from OSU, and the kid who is currently in China).  If the Knicks wind up with the worst record, they should get a significant talent in this year's draft (with Okafor viewed by the majority as the top prize).  I believe the worst record guarantees a top 4 pick.

bockers74
bockers74

There's nothing on this dismal roster worth evaluating.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@bockers74  Well there's certainly guys more worthwhile that Bargs. And what I really meant anyway was that if they waive him then they could bring another guy in on a 10 day contract which they've had some success with this season.