Rookie Wilson Ready For Redemption

Following a shaky and penalty-induced debut on Monday night, Kyle Wilson hopes to build on that performance against the vaunted New England receivers.

Florham Park, NJ – Fresh off his rookie debut, a first game in a Jets uniform for Kyle Wilson, the first-round pick is excited to put Monday night behind him and focus on the Patriots. Wilson, who had multiple flags thrown at him in what was a rough welcome to the NFL for the player, said he was excited to be playing against the offensive juggernaut that is New England. The significance of the game is not lost on the first year player, who said that it "counts as a game-and-a-half" for the Jets against their AFC East rival.

Going against the talented Baltimore wide receivers in week one makes for a certain comfort level for Wilson, who said that talent-wise, the Ravens and Patriots receivers are similar. The buzz out of Jets camp is that Wilson will often be lined-up against Wes Welker, a player who dominated New York last fall in going for nearly 200 receiving yards at Gillette Stadium.

Lost amid the banter about Randy Moss' showdown with cornerback Darrelle Revis, the Welker vs. Wilson showdown might determine the game. Welker did not play last year in week two when the Jets beat New England at The Meadowlands.

"He's a smart guy," Wilson told about Welker. "Him and Tom Brady are on the same page. We have to be tough on him."

Wilson said that he likes the match-up against Welker as it pits speed against speed. The Patriots will most likely look to exploit a somewhat shaky Jets secondary by running lots of option routes and by changing their speed out of their stance. Wilson said he has been watching an hour of film each day, far more than usual, to get ready for the showdown.

A number of Jets players have gotten together outside of practice to watch tape of both their Monday night performance but also of their opponent on Sunday. Wilson has been an active volunteer in this process.

"On a short week, we had to do something extra," Wilson said.

Wilson was diplomatic about his performance in his NFL debut. He points to there being positives from his performance but acknowledges that there is work to be done, hence the extra film study. In addition to time spent with the DVD player, the coaching staff made him do push-ups as penance for his penalties on Monday night.

"For a first game, I thought it was okay," Wilson said. "At least I was always around the ball."


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