NFL: Jets first-round pick Wilson quiet — for now
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK — Kyle Wilson is keeping his mouth shut — for now — and trying to quickly learn the New York Jets' defense.
Known as a chatty presence on the field during his time in college at Boise State, the Jets' first-round draft pick realizes he has lots to work on before he can show his swagger.
"There's time for that," the rookie cornerback told The Associated Press. "It's all still a learning experience and I'm trying to get my feet wet, but it's been pretty good so far."
Wilson appeared with several teammates at a charity event in East Hanover, N.J., on Tuesday night, serving as waiters for fans to raise money for wide receiver David Clowney's trip to Ghana in July to help needy children.
"This was a cool thing to be a part of," Wilson said, "and be with all the guys and be a part of something like this."
The Jets drafted Wilson with the hope he would be part of something big on the field for a defense that already ranked No. 1 against the pass last season. Coach Rex Ryan has said the plan is to have Wilson start out as the team's nickel back, and he'll likely mix in with Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Dwight Lowery in the secondary at cornerback.
Wilson, from nearby Piscataway, N.J., got on the field with his new teammates for the first time Monday and Tuesday for the team's first organized team activities of the offseason.
"I'm just working on getting better at my technique," Wilson said. "I'm learning what I need to do, trying to soak everything up and get to know things like the back of my hand. You need to set a foundation first."
Wilson said both Revis and Cromartie have helped him begin to adjust to life in the NFL and playing in Ryan's defense.
"They've been offering advice all the time, giving pointers," Wilson said. "Darrelle has been correcting me on little things, really just trying to teach me."
Revis has been able to work off the field with Cromartie a bit since the Jets acquired him from San Diego in March, getting him up to speed. Now, they both can work on helping the rookie open up and flash his talent.
"Kyle's a little bit quiet, but we understand he's starting something new and he's trying to get adjusted," said Revis, a two-time Pro Bowl selection entering his fourth season. "Cro jumped in as soon as he got here and just got adjusted really fast, which was kind of strange, but sometimes it clicks like that. Kyle, coming from college, is something totally different. I was the same way as a rookie, too. I just tried to be quiet and learn as much as I could from the older guys."
Cromartie, an All-Pro in 2007, likes what he's seen so far from Wilson during OTAs.
"We're going out there and working to make ourselves better," Cromartie said. "We're working with the younger guys like Kyle Wilson, trying to get him situated in the nickel spot and to help this defense out as much as possible. And, he's definitely going to help."
Wilson had 11 interceptions in four years in college, including one on the very first play of his career at Boise State. While he'll be hard-pressed to make that immediate of an impact in the NFL, Wilson wants to do all he can to have a key role as a rookie.
And, then, he can start yapping on the field again.
"You've got to know what you're doing out there and not have to think about what you're doing," Wilson said. "Once you get to that point, you can just go out and play your game."