This morning’s back-to-work-after-the-scrimmage practice at SUNY Cortland was just another day at the office for rookie CB Kyle Wilson, starter for the New York Jets.
“Yeah, I was still with the ones this morning,” Wilson said of lining up at right corner with the first defense. “They kind of tell me as they go over it each day. You just find out daily. But any time I’m out there, everything’s the same for me. I get out there and try to compete and make plays, whatever group I’m in.”
Wilson also got the start for the first drive of Saturday’s Green & White scrum and for the ones’ first drive of the second half of the scrimmage. Needless to say, part of the ascendance of the first-rounder from Boise State is due to Darrelle Revis’ camp absence. Part also is because he has been getting these first-team reps ahead of third-year man Dwight Lowery.
But Lowery, as head coach Rex Ryan said at his midday news conference, had a little something to do with that flip-flop in the depth chart.
“Dwight is the one who said Kyle ought to be starting. That was interesting,” Ryan said. “It surprised us. He never told me, he told Dennis [Thurman, DBs coach]. Yes, it surprises me. But he sees that [Wilson] needs the work, he needs the reps. Lowery does so much for us. He’s been learning safety, nickel, dime, “x,” corner. He’s doing all that. He’s going to play like a starter anyway.
“That just shows you this is a team. These guys know. You see Tony Richardson, he’s competing with the kid from Kentucky [John Conner]. … That’s the beauty of this game. You see guys helping these guys out. That’s when you know you have the right guys on your team.”
Wilson is starting to make more plays from his new spot on the depth chart. This morning No. 20 came up big on No. 10, Santonio Holmes, swatting away a comeback route from Mark Sanchez.
As Jets followers know, Wilson was elated enough to tweet the signing of his rookie contract with the Jets — complete with 10 exclamation points — early in the morning that the Jets bused up to Cortland. He hasn’t hit up his Tweetahs (Dustin Keller terminology) yet on his starting status, but he’s aware that had he been a senior this season at Boise State, he wouldn’t be tweeting anything.
“Yeah, my dad told me about that,” he said of Broncos head coach Chris Petersen’s edict to this year’s championship-minded team about no in-season tweeting. “That’s the big thing over there. They eliminate all the distractions. They all have one goal. Whatever it takes, they’re all for it.”
Wilson said he’s only been on the social networking necessity for the last few months and is still learning the ropes. Through the magic of Twitter we can attest that he appears to be right on, with modest numbers of 2,550 followers and 76 tweets.
The rookie also said that while the Jets don’t have any Twitter bans in place, they don’t need any.
“Obviously it’s not a problem on the team,” he said. “We’re going to do whatever it takes to win.”
After the morning practice, Ryan offered a couple of superlatives, one about his team and one about a certain No. 50.
“Today was our best practice since we’ve been here,” the coach said. “The tempo was lively, guys were bangin’ into each other. Probably a few too many dropped passes, but the guys were eager to get back out there. Sometimes when you give them a day off, they’ll come back and say, ‘Ahhhh.’ This team responded. It was excellent to see.”
Also excellent was Vernon Gholston’s practice. The third-year man and first-year DE also impressed the boss.
“That’s as excited as I’ve ever been about Vernon at today’s practice,” Rex said. “It was almost like ‘I can do this.’ Somebody has to ask him what he had for breakfast and he needs to keep eating it.”
Next for the coach: “I want to see him string some together.” Will this afternoon’s special-teams-only practice count? Maybe. Rex said Mike Westhoff challenged him in the teams meetings.
Also, TE Dustin Keller had his best practice of camp. Reporter Chris Ryan talked with Keller about his day and his season and that story will be live later today. … Nick Folk finished practice 5-for-5 on FG tries from 36 to 41 yards out, all from the hold of backup QB Mark Brunell.
A Tweet-Out to Jets Nation
We at newyorkjets.com are happy that there is no Twitter ban organizationally because then I couldn’t tell you this: http://twitter.com/nyjets this morning just passed 30,000 followers. This is not quite in Sanchez territory but considering where we started, it’s darned impressive to this old pterodactyl.
Eric Allen and I began tweeting from Coach Ryan’s first veteran rookie minicamp on April 17, 2009, with all of 74 followers, and we’ve been chirping the developments on and off the field, at practices and games, ever since.
It hasn’t been just EA and me. Jared Winley, director of public relations, has been a mover and shaker in developing the organization’s Twitter profile and Laura Clemente, our social networking guru, has been tireless in responding to all the folks who respond to our tweets. And our Internet reporters have been big contributors, led by Nick Gallo, our Twittering machine at training camp.
You have to have a large team to show the 40,000 percent growth that http://twitter.com/nyjets has shown in about 16 months. Thanks again.
Two New Jets on the Roster
Two new Jets are on the field today. Tackle Adam Tadisch (6’6″, 326) from North Dakota State was signed last night and practiced this morning, wearing No. 76. And today the Jets got back to 80 on their active roster by signing LB Tim Knicky (6’4″, 235), an undrafted free agent rookie out of Stephen F. Austin waived by the Packers on June 18. LB Kevin Basped and T Aaron Kia were released Sunday.
Tags: Darrelle Revis, Dwight Lowery, Kyle Wilson, Nick Folk, Rex Ryan, Vernon Gholston
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