Jets Kyle Wilson spent the summer on Revis Island

By Marc A. Greenberg

For Kyle Wilson, his first season in the NFL was tough.  Very tough.

For the New York Jets, the expectations from the 2010 first round pick were high.  Very high.

Both sides came away from the season very disappointed.

That may soon change.

In late spring, Jets CB Darrelle Revis invited Wilson to train with him in Phoenix, Arizona at Fischer Sports. The goal: To make Wilson better.

“If you want to pick a guy to shadow to get yourself better, [Revis] isn’t a bad choice,” Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said Tuesday.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York, Revis taught Wilson the finer points of studying film, shared some insider secrets and showed Wilson how to read a receivers off the snap.  From morning to night, the two were together in the weight room, on the track and in cornerback-specific drills.

“I pushed him as hard as I could and I’m going to continue to push him as much as I can,” said Revis. “I’m trying to be a good mentor, get him in the right playing mode. I want to watch him become great.”

“To bond with him, I thought that was big,” said Wilson. “When he called, I said I’d be there.”

According to Cimini, when the 2010 season ended, the Jets coaches broke down Wilson’s season, evaluating every play.   What they noticed surprised them.

The coaches noticed that Wilson was better than they thought. Pettine says his struggles were “overblown.”

In fact, when training camp started, secondary coach Dennis Thurman apologized to Wilson.

“Yeah, we lost a little confidence in him, but we were trying to win games and the expectations were high,” said Thurman, explaining why Wilson dropped on the depth chart. “When we looked at the cut-ups in the offseason, we saw that Kyle played pretty well overall.”