The former Boise State star, the Jets' first round pick in April's NFL Draft said that he is loving every minute of his experience so far. A native of Piscataway, NJ, Wilson is glad to be back home and playing for his hometown team. He dodges the question of whether he grew up a fan of the Giants or Jets.
"I liked all teams from the area, all New York teams. It doesn't matter, I cheered and followed them all," Wilson told GreenAndWhiteReport.com.
The typical rookie learning curve, usually experienced by most first year players, hasn't begun yet for Wilson. During OTA sessions, Wilson has looked sharp and every bit the part of a player who deserved to have his name called from the podium during the first day of the draft. Wilson excelled in the Mountain West Conference, earning a reputation for hard hits and solid coverage. But during OTA sessions, Wilson has shown a better than expected footwork and his lateral movements look clean and smooth.
"Things have been going along great so far," Wilson said. "I feel very comfortable in what we're doing here – much more comfortable than during rookie camp, I can tell you that much."
Wilson said that technically the Jets are trying to improve the use of his hands - when he can and can't use his hands - and what he can get away with in the league. He said that mental errors continue to plague him, but he is confident that experience and more reps will clear that up. Physically, he said the paces of an OTA and the conditioning required – not to mention the speed of the game – hasn't been a factor so far.
"Right now, it's just the language of the different reads and what we call them here," Wilson said about the biggest transition right now. "That's the biggest thing for me to get used to. The mental aspect of the game. The language is different and when you're not exactly sure what is going on – when you're processing it all – it means you're not playing so fast."
Wilson, who grew up just minutes away from Rutgers University, said that he got offered late by head coach Greg Schiano and the Scarlet Knights, but he had already made up his mind to play his college football at Boise State and on the "Smurf Turf." In April at the NFL Draft, taken just two picks before him was Rutgers' Devin McCourty, a cornerback who went to the Patriots.
Wilson said he doesn't think about "what-ifs" even if he and McCourty could have been the best cornerback tandem in the nation had Wilson gone to Rutgers.
"When I went out there [to Boise] on a visit, it just felt comfortable. It was the right place for me," Wilson said.
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