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Wilson to compete for Jets' nickel CB role

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By Kevin Fishbain

The Jets did not get what they were hoping for out of 2010 first-round CB Kyle Wilson. With an early injury to Darrelle Revis, Wilson was thrust into the lineup and struggled, showing he clearly wasn't ready and was phased out of the lineup. One daily team observer believes the team didn't handle the former Boise State corner's rookie campaign well. Wilson started the first three games, recording 14 tackles and three passes defensed. The rest of the season, he totaled seven tackles and two passes defensed in limited playing time. Wilson didn't get an essential redshirt year like fellow '10 draft pick Vladimir Ducasse, but he could get a clean slate in 2011.

The way we hear it, Wilson needs to work on his consistency and ball awareness, and still could be the leading candidate to be the team's nickel corner, the position the team hoped he would play in '10. Antonio Cromartie, who received a first- and third-round tender, is expected to return. While Marquice Cole is impressive as a gunner on special teams, that's where he's needed, not at corner, leaving Wilson to battle Drew Coleman, who got a sixth-round tender this offseason.

With Cromartie and Revis forming one of the top CB duos in the league, there's not a lot of room for Wilson on the outside. But two of the league's top slot receivers, Wes Welker and Davone Bess, are in the Jets' division and they need good nickel play, an area where Wilson can contribute.

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