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Kyle Wilson’s Role “Shrinking”

Kyle Wilson, the Jets first round pick (29th overall), has struggled adapating to the NFL Game after spending his college days at Boise State.

The rookie initially opened the season as the nickel back, but has plummeted down the depth chart since. Coach Rex Ryan said that Wilson’s role is “shrinking.”

“We’re in the win business,” Ryan said. “I love all these guys but we’re going to play the ones that give us the best opportunity.”

Ryan highlighted Wilson’s technique in following the ball, looking back when he needs to, as the major flaw to date. Wilson has been flagged for several pass interference penalties and beaten for touchdowns, and insisted he is working on improving. He has spent extra time with secondary coach Dennis Thurman. In turn, cornerback Drew Coleman, who started against Buffalo, has seen his time on the field increase.

“I’ve gotta take it in stride,” Wilson said. “All I can do is try to get better.”

Wilson’s struggles were highlighted from the start of the season, particularly in Week 1 against the Ravens and Week 3 against the Dolphins. He was a first-round pick out of Boise State, where he also starred as a return man. Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff said Wilson is a work in progress with that unit, too.

“There’s only one way (to get back) and that’s to earn it,” Ryan said.


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