They say a win is a win when dealing with professional sports. Often the final result erases any poor aspect of play. Players who make reckless errors, however, are a problem. New York Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson imploded under pressure in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s victory against the Buffalo Bills. Wilson continues to struggle with penalties even in his fourth NFL season. During this stretch he was called for penalties on three consecutive plays.
Calls of holding, illegal contact and a personal foul forced defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman to bench him in favor of rookie Dee Milliner. Bills receiver Stevie Johnson enjoyed solid success against him by registering 86 yards on six receptions. Of course this is a far cry from the lock down defense that was a staple of former Jet Darrelle Revis.
So far Wilson’s career-high of three interceptions was registered in 2011. Throughout this journey, though, there were two worrisome points. As a defensive back in nickel packages certain moments have shown tremendous potential. He possesses great quickness to follow receivers all over the field. As a rookie Wilson was known as a promising cornerback prospect. Whether the term “bust” describes this player remains to be seen, but what is painfully clear is his need to show more composure. Milliner’s standing with New York likely points to him getting more playing time. If the more experienced Wilson continues such sloppy performance, he will be cast aside.