Rex Ryan Moving Kyle Wilson Back to the Slot Position

By Alan Schechter

Sep 22, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) pushes off New York Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson (20) at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Let me take a moment here to say, on this topic, THANK GOD!

Yesterday, at Rex Ryan’s daily press conference, he revealed that, with Dee Milliner out, the starting cornerback opposite Antonio Cromartie on the outside will be Darrin Walls. If Kyle Wilson starts, depending upon the personnel, it will be from the slot only.

He talked about being more comfortable with Wilson in the slot:

Well yeah, Walls is strictly, I mean to us, he’s always been an outside corner and strictly an outside corner. Where you have Kyle to do both and you got, obviously (Isaiah) Trufant is a slot corner as well and Ellis (Lankster) can play in there. But, it’s tough. It’s a different world in there. You’ve got to be able to play in space and sometimes the guys that are your taller corners don’t do particularly well in there. Even though, quite honestly, Antonio Allen has played in that spot quite a bit for us because we leave our base defense out there quite a bit. Some guys can do it, but most guys who have that kind of height, it kind of restricts you a little bit.

He wouldn’t say officially, however, that Kyle is behind Darrin on the depth chart:

That could be, it could not be. We’re flexible in our system, so we play three safeties, we play a lot of corners. If some guy goes trotting out there at first, it doesn’t necessarily (mean he’s the starter). He may start, but somebody else is starting in different packages and everything else. We just try to get the most out of our players and try to put our guys in a situation to be successful. Sometimes there are different matchups. You may start Kyle against a certain type of player or you may start Walls or Dee or whatever it is. So, that’s kind of how we approach each week.

We saw the penalties, we see the finger wagging. Darrin Walls is a much better cover corner on the outside than Wilson is. I know most of us would rather see Kyle Wilson passing out Gatorade as the guys run off the field, but this is a start.