Rookie DB Wilson out of favor with Jets

Posted Jan. 22, 2011 @ 8:13 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Following are some whispers we've been hearing from around the AFC East:

• The Jets have lost confidence in Kyle Wilson, a first-round pick in 2010. Expected to be the team's nickel back, Wilson has dropped far down the depth chart and didn't record a single statistic in the divisional-round win over the Patriots despite the Jets playing in multiple formations with six or seven defensive backs. Wilson had trouble early grasping Rex Ryan's schemes and struggled in man-to-man coverage, which is required to play cornerback in this defense.

• WR Marcus Easley didn't play a single snap for the Bills in 2010, and due to a left knee injury early in training camp that put him on I.R., he barely even practiced much with the team. That should change in 2011, as the team has high-hopes for the fourth-round pick. If Easley can return to 100 percent, he should be able to compete for a spot in the WR rotation. The Bills already have a lot of young, inexpensive talent at the position, and Easley's emergence could mean the end of the line for high-priced vet Lee Evans.

• The offensive struggles for the Patriots in their playoff loss underscored the need for a receiver who can catch balls even when he's closely guarded. "Brandon Tate looked like he could be the guy to step in there — not sure on that yet," said Patriots radio color commentator and former star WR Gino Cappelletti. "I think they would relish in having one of those bigger wide receivers who can show speed and stretch the defense."

• The Dolphins' decision to have a press conference to introduce new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was a surprise in itself. "You know us pretty well; this is something we don't normally do," said GM Jeff Ireland. "But we are exited about the direction of the franchise, we really are. We wanted to convey that to you." This offseason has already brought ire to the franchise and, starting with Daboll's meeting with the media, it seems to be on a track to improve its image.