The New York Jets will be without star cornerback Darrelle Revis for the remainder of the season. After undergoing an MRI early Monday morning, it was revealed that Revis tore his ACL in the third quarter of the game against Miami. The injury coupled with Revis' concussion earlier in the year have made this a season to forget for a man widely touted as the best corner in the NFL.
Kyle Wilson is set to return as a starter in lieu of Revis. The three-year veteran is no stranger to assuming the responsibility of covering a top receiver. In his rookie year, Wilson had to cover Patriots receiver Randy Moss after Revis went down with a hamstring injury.
Wilson believes that he is up to the challenge of filling in for the perennial Pro Bowler. While Wilson does not possess the skill set of Revis, he believes that having a few years of NFL experience under his belt will help him recognize routes and allow him to cover the receiver accordingly.
"Each year has gotten slower and I think that's because of knowing what to look for and just having that experience," stated Wilson. "I'm going (to go) out there and I'm going to continue to do my job."
Wilson will line up opposite No. 1 cornerback Antonio Cromartie in the starting rotation. In a recent interview with ESPN Radio in New york, head coach Rex Ryan expressed his optimism that the Jets can overcomes the loss of Revis with the security of another number one corner on the roster. The Cromartie dynamic will ensure that Wilson is tested by quarterbacks looking to exploit his side of the field. In the event that happens, Wilson is confident in his ability to adapt.
"I think you'd expect that as a defensive back, that the ball will be thrown at you every play," said the Boise State alum.
Revis will still have a place on the Gang Green sideline as a mentor to the young corner. Wilson has had the opportunity to learn from the best at his position in the NFL and admires Revis' approach to the game.
"I always pick that guy's brain," spoke Wilson. "He's obviously pretty good. Our communication will still be the same, but overall, I just have to continue to do my job, go out there, have fun and make plays."