The starting cornerback for Sunday's contest against the Pittsburgh Steelers has been announced and it's Kyle Wilson.
All-Pro corner Darrelle Revis will have to sit out while still healing from a concussion sustained last week against Buffalo. With the Jets scheduled to fly out to Pittsburgh on Friday, Revis will not be allowed to fly with the team since he did not pass a baseline concussion test.
Revis will not be able to play, and the Jets' 2010 first round draft selection Kyle Wilson will be taking his place. The New Jersey native was selected by New York with the 29th overall selection and has mostly played on the inside, covering the middle of the field. Despite the lack of experience at outside corner at the NFL level, Wilson is confident in his ability to transition into the role.
"I've been practicing it," stated Wilson. "It just comes with my game. I have to be able to know all the positions. It doesn't really change anything for me regarding my focus or attention to detail."
Wilson plans to use the start as a learning experience. Entering his third year in the NFL, Wilson believes that playing a starting role can help him fine tune certain aspects of his game, namely his intelligence and football sense.
"I just continue to work on things. I just want to get better at my technique (and) playing multiple positions in this defense. I just want to elevate my game."
While Antonio Cromartie's primary responsibility would be to shut down the speedy receiver in Mike Wallace, Wilson will likely cover the young Antonio Brown who is looking to expose the holes in Jets coverage and is scheduled to have a breakout season. Wilson welcomes the challenge that Pittsburgh poses and has just one goal on his mind for Sunday's battle between the two AFC heavyweights.
"We're going out there looking to win."